Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. during the school year. Nursery care and Sunday School for children and youth happen simultaneously. Offerings vary from discussions of book and video resources to Bible study and special presentations of current topics and events. We strive to offer classes that both challenge and support you on your faith journey. Past offerings have included:
- Beyond the Dream: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Contemporary Christians
- Book studies on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, and Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About
- Courses on gender identity, aging, Christmas carols, understanding the Bible
- Visits from the wider community including a class on Respecting Indigenous Cultures, a visit from Rabbi Moti Rieber, discussion with transgender activist Stephanie Mott
Spring 2022 Adult Education Opportunities
Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
In-person with health protocols in place OR via Zoom (your choice!)
Jan. 16: MLK weekend
Jan. 23 - Feb. 27: Rob Bell Nooma series
Mar. 6 - Apr. 3: Lent series
Rob Bell Nooma Series - Join us as we watch one of Rob Bell's Nooma videos each week and share in discussion. Our tentative schedule is:
Jan 23 LUGGAGE Revenge and forgiveness led by Barbara Crooks
Jan 30 OPEN Does God answer prayers? For some not others? led by Greg Eiselein
Feb 6. SUNDAY. Why do we do the things we do? Christian only on Sundays? led byJennifer Edwards
Feb 13. SHE Female imagery for God? Is God limited to a gender? led by Pastor Sue
Feb 20. RHYTHM what does it mean to have a relationship with God? led by Patti Watson
Feb 27. TBD
Lent Series - March 6 through April 3
For this coming season of Lent, the Adult Sunday School will be reading and discussing Walter Brueggemann’s Lenten Devotional, A Way Other Than Our Own. As Brueggemann reminds us, “God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places,” and, in the process, God leads us into the alternative path of “humility, justice, and peace.” This book promises thoughtful discussion about our Lenten journey.
We would like for as many of you to join us as possible, and in that spirit, we are offering this devotional book free for anyone who asks. If you would like to join us, please let Pastor Sue or the office know.
Midweek Book Study
Tuesdays from 11:30am-1pm
Currently meeting via Zoom ONLY
Led by Sue Zschoche
We are currently reading The Book of Hope, a conversation between Douglas Adams and the renowned primatologist Jane Goodall. For decades, Goodall has helped to “expand our understanding of what it means to be human and what we all need to do to help build a better world.” As one review puts it, “The Book of Hope touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? What is the relationship between hope and action? Filled with moving and inspirational stories and photographs from Jane’s remarkable career, The Book of Hope is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in the world today.”
The Book Club meets every Tuesday on Zoom, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please join us for vibrant conversation. You'll find the Zoom link at uccmanhattan.org/online. If you would like help obtaining a copy of the book, please contact Pastor Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.