Adult Education & Faith Formation

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Christian discipleship is a life-long answer to the poet Mary Oliver’s question: “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” Discipleship is also a life-long journey that is shaped by the call “to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.”

At United, we offer many ways to take that journey – through Sunday morning forums, retreats, study series, service and education trips, and study groups. We invite you to join in these opportunities to learn more about the Christian faith, God’s call in your life, and the community and world around us.

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Over the past several months, United has offered a variety of Adult Faith Formation opportunities (via Zoom). They’ve ranged from “An Intro to the Enneagram” to “Race Matters” to “Braiding Sweetgrass” to “Acts of the Apostles” to “Me and White Supremacy.” As we head deeper into the fall and winter—with needing to stay online for classes and presentations—we want to hear from you!

What would help you deepen your faith? What do you need to better “Love God, Neighbor, Creation?” What would you enjoy learning? What would challenge you?

Let us know! Please contact Adult Faith Formation Chair Marcom Herren (marcomherren@yahoo.com) or Talitha Arnold (unitedchurch.talitha@gmail.com). Thank you!


Ongoing Adult Education 

Reconnecting after the Pandemic
Small Group Opportunities this Summer

Tuesday, August 10: 5:15 to 6:30
Thursday, August 12: 5:15 to 6:30
Sunday, August 15: 11:30 to 1:00
Wednesday, August 18: 12:00 to 1:30
Thursday, August 19: 7:00 to 8:30
Friday, August 27: 12:00 to 1:30

Reconnecting as a community. Reconnecting with our faith. That’s our goal as we look, with hope, to being able to be inside sometime this fall. The Church Council invites you to join in one of the multiple small gatherings (10-12 people) the Church is offering through August. What have we learned from the last year and a half—individually and as a church? How have we experienced God’s presence in this time? What might God be calling us to be about as a church as we move into the future?

All the gatherings will either be outdoors, in the Community Room, or in the expanded classroom, so there’s lot of air circulating! If needed, we can offer one or two Zoom opportunities for persons who aren’t comfortable meeting in person. Masks and social distancing are protocols. We’ll also provide childcare as needed.

We’re offering several dates and times (see below) and we hope you’ll join in! Please register through the office (988-3295, unitedchurchsf@gmail.com), and when you register, if you are flexible in your dates, please give us the possible ones. Thank you!

“Pretty Good Guys” Men’s Group 
Wednesdays, August 11 and 25 (10:30am)

United’s “Pretty Good Guys” Men’s Group has started again! Many thanks to Rev. Ken Bordner for organizing the group, whose primary goal is getting to know one another and sharing their spiritual journeys. Interested? Please contact Ken:ken.bordner2@gmail.com, (585) 734-4548. All welcome!

Resiliency and Hope: Strengthening Our Souls
Thursdays (8:00 – 9:00 am) via Zoom

Exercise your mind and your soul every Thursday morning by exploring the scripture stories for the upcoming Sunday. Join in to deepen your faith and share the journey. All welcome!

Wednesday Women’s Study Group
Starts again September 1

This semi-monthly group takes a summer break but resumes again on Wed., Sept. 1 at 10:00 am. In the meantime, here’s their reading list: Into the Beautiful North (Luis Alberto Urrea), Love Is the Way (Bishop Michael Curry), The Light of Days (Judy Batalion), A Long Petal of the Sea (Isabel Allende), Why We’re Polarized (Ezra Klein), Tightrope (Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn). All women welcome to join in! Many thanks to Ann Wymore for her leadership this past year (even from a distance) and to Marcia Gardner, for stepping up for next year.


Church Grounds Are Open (Reflection Trail, Peace Garden, etc.)

Stay healthy—mentally spiritually, physically—by staying outdoors and getting exercise. Thanks to United’s Landscape Task Force, we have a wonderful Reflection Trail, a Hozhoni (Blessing) Garden, and plenty of room to run around, while keeping the 6- foot social distance. You and your children are welcome to come any time!

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Once We Can Safely Meet Again
Opportunities Include:

  • Study Groups, such as The Wednesday Women’s Study Group (Ann Barker, abarker2@comcast.net), Men’s Bible Study (Talitha Arnold, unitedchurch.talitha@gmail.com).
  • United Artists – Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. (Shirley Clark, clarkoceanspirit@gmail.com).
  • Study Series offered seasonally and throughout the year.
  • Immersion Trips – to learn about our neighbors across the US/Mexico border or in Navajo land.

Any of the above sound interesting? Then check out the various study series offered in a variety of formats – weekly sessions, 3-day studies, one-time offerings. Some are led by the pastor, others by lay members, still others feature guest speakers. Join in!

 

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