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!


Special Offerings for May Mental Health Month

Interfaith Network on Mental Illness
Wednesday, May 5 (via Zoom)
10:00 am to 12:00 noon (MDT)

Keynote by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, International Mental Health Speaker/Author Interfaith Panel Discussion, including Rev. Talitha Arnold. 

Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention
Zoom Webinar
Thursday, May 13 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm MDT)

(sponsored by San Diego County, CA) Keynote by Rev. Talitha Arnold Presentations by Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist Faith Leaders Spanish Interpretation offered. (Please contact Talitha for registration: unitedchurch.talitha@gmail.com)


Monday Morning Ministries: Faith at Work
Solace Crisis Educator Jess Clark
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00pm (MDT)

Jess Clark is the Education and Prevention Manager for Santa Fe’s Solace Crisis Treatment Center. He’s also the grandson of Sharon Mecklam and a life-long member of United Church. Jess’ work focuses on increasing youth capacity to interrogate systems of oppression, exploring queer/trans masculinities as a site of violence prevention, and supporting organizations in better serving transgender communities through policies, best practices, and learning to be like like hi grandma. All Welcome!

Report from the Border
Thursdays, May 13 and 27, 7:00PM(MDT)

Rev. Randy Meyer is Senior Pastor of Buen Pastor/Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona. He’s also a nationally known immigration advocate, with first-hand experience from 30 years of ministry along the Arizona/Sonora border. He’ll share up-to-date information about the current situation at the U.S./Mexico border, its roots in U.S. policy, colonialism, and climate change and its human and environmental toll.  He’ll also address what local churches like United can do. All Welcome!


Ongoing Adult Education

Women’s Study Group (via Zoom)
Wednesdays, May 5 and June 2, 10:00am

All women are invited to join the final discussion of Migrating to Prison by Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez (May 5) and the 2021-2022 reading list planning session (June 5). Contact Ann Barker for information (abarker2@comcast.net)

Resiliency and Hope: New Life Ain’t Easy
Thursdays (8:00 – 9:00 am) via Zoom

On Thursday mornings (via Zoom), explore the scripture stories for the upcoming Sunday—which focus on different aspects of the new life promised in Easter. Join in to deepen your faith and share the journey.


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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