Adult Education at United Church
As the eminent Christian Educator Craig Dykstra says, “The life of Christian faith is dynamic and moving, led and shaped by the Spirit.” Adults’ faith is never static. Just as with children and youth, our faith fluctuates and changes as long as we live; through Christ, it is always being made new. At times the Spirit draws us to involvement in social justice issues, and at times to quieter practices of prayer or joyful expressions of art. Honest and responsible discipleship requires regular attentiveness to the ever-changing condition of our minds, bodies and souls- and attentiveness, too, to the leadings of the Spirit as we seek to connect more deeply with the mystery of Christ’s love in our lives.
Our Adult Education offerings provide multiple pathways for such connection. Informed by the core convictions of our denomination and our particular congregation, our forums, classes, small groups and retreats give congregants opportunities for everything from growth in biblical literacy to inspiration for Christ-centered engagement in the issues of our day to the nourishment of yoga and silent prayer. There is no right way for everyone. Let the Spirit lead you to the places that make your heart burn.
Sunday Adult Forums at 10 am
Throughout the year, there are Sunday morning Adult Forums at 10 am in the Assembly Hall to discuss current and relevant issues.
Creation Covenant Series– Over three Sundays at the 10 o’clock Pastor’s Forum, members from Earth Ministries will lead discussions around our love & responsibility for God’s Creation and a proposal for UCCH to adopt a Creation Covenant.
March 31: Our journeys in Creation Spirituality: Herman Greene and Phill Wilson will share their personal journeys, and invite the participants to share theirs as well.
April 28: Creation Covenant- Herman Greene and Alan Reed will share the draft version, and invite feedback and discussion.
May 5: How can UCCH live the Creation Covenant? As a congregation, we will discuss what the covenant would mean for us, and exchange ideas about what practical action we can take.
Sunday School Classes for Adults at 10 am
FAITH & FAMILY CLASS
Sundays, Family Parlor
This conversation-centered group is open to parents of children of all ages. The primary intent is to support one another through one of life’s most challenging and fulfilling journeys of faith: parenthood.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH CLASS
Sundays, Conference Room
The small-group class offers in-depth reflection on spiritual classics and contemporary volumes on contemplation. The class is currently discussing the book “The Cup of our Life, a Guide for Spiritual Growth” by Joyce Rupp.
SACRED CONVERSATIONS ON RACE
Sundays, Room 161
SCOR offers Christ-centered conversations about the impact of racism on all areas of American life.
Monday Noon Book Group
The new book for discussion is called “Tenacious Solidarity: Biblical Provocations on Race, Religion, Climate, and the Economy” by Walter Brueggemann. Bring a snack lunch and join us Mondays at 12pm in the Library.
Mondays, 6:30pm, Room 161
Informal Spanish and English conversations to build community and language skills.
Monday Night Women’s Group
Mondays, 7:15 pm, Library
The women’s group will be discussing a new book, “Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion,” by Michelle Dean beginning in March. It focuses on ten women―Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm―who are united by what Dean calls “sharpness,” the ability to cut to the quick with precision of thought and wit. Completing the reading is never a requirement for participating in the group. I hope you can join us for some or all of these discussions and dinner – all women of the church are welcome to join us at any time.
April 1: We will discuss Chapters 9 (Kael), 10 (Didion), and 11(Ephron), pages 175-252.
April 8: We will discuss Chapters 12 (Arendt & McCarthy & Hellman), 13 (Adler), 14 (Malcolm), and the Afterword, pages 253-312.
April 15: We will meet at Binkely Baptist Church to walk the Labyrinth together, then meet for dinner nearby – place TBA.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
You are invited to join with the pastors on Wednesday mornings at 7 am for one hour to listen for God’s Word in the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday in the Church Library. Coffee and/or hot water for tea is available but the conversation will wake you up and the fellowship will sustain for the day! Please join us.
March 27, 2019: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32; Psalm 32; Joshua 5:9- 12; 2 Cor. 5:16- 21
Siler City Bible Study in Spanish
Thursdays, 7:30 pm
Contact David Mateo email@example.com for more information.
Fridays, 9:15 am, Assembly Hall
Kathy Shea, instructor. All are welcome. Free of charge!
Fridays, 11 am, Library
All are welcome to communally spend time in silent meditation and prayer.