Adult PROGRAMS


  • sUNDAY aDULT eDUCATION


    SPRING 2022 Classes begin:

    Monday School: Continuing

    Sunday School: January 16


    Videos of some of our classes can be found at the bottom of this page!

    Adult Classes


    Reading Bonhoeffer Together

     

    Facilitated by Keith Lewis

     

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is without a doubt one of the most recognizable Christian Martyrs of the 20th Century.  However, there is more to the man than we usually think about when it comes to his theology, his writings, his German identity, and his defiance of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Third Reich.  In the modern era, we are quick to use his name when we find that it easily suits our needs or we wish to appear relevant. While we do so many times out of ignorance, we also run the risk of tarnishing his legacy and impact at a time when his witness and his call to discipleship are most important.  Join us as we study his life, review his sermons, read his well-known book The Cost of Discipleship and ponder how his legacy inspires us to live out our lives in a way that reflects our devotion to Jesus Christ.

     

    This class meets via Zoom on Monday nights at 6:30pm beginning on August 30th.

    If you’d like to join, please contact the Church Office or Pastor Keith.


    The Gospel According to Mark

     

    Facilitated by David Elton

     

    We will spend 16 weeks this winter/spring semester reading and discussing the evangelist’s writing in the earliest gospel of the Bible known as the Gospel According to Mark.  The class will examine one chapter each week in Mark, a gospel that’s without a birth narrative, moves at a rapid pace, is the shortest of the four gospels, and has two different endings.  Among numerous themes in Mark, the call and challenge of being a faithful disciple is emphasized in almost every chapter.  Join us for this journey through the Gospel of Mark through this semester and Lenten season.



    If God...

     

    Facilitated by Kara Windler

     

    Pastor Kara will be leading discussions of two books this semester: If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk by John Pavlovitz and If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I? by Angela N. Parker. If God Is Love takes an "honest look at how the beliefs we hold can shape our relationships with God and our fellow humans - and [seeks] to make sure that love has the last, loudest word." Pavlovitz is an engaging author and each chapter is filled with both humor and theological depth. We'll follow this book with Parker's If God Still Breathes. "Drawing from her perspective as a Womanist New Testament scholar, Dr. Parker describes how she learned to deconstruct one of White Christianity’s most pernicious lies: the conflation of biblical authority with the doctrines of inerrancy and infallibility. As Dr. Parker shows, these doctrines are less about the text of the Bible itself and more about the arbiters of its interpretation—historically, White males in positions of power who have used Scripture to justify control over marginalized groups." These two books challenge readers to examine their theological assumptions, to consider the consequences of those assumptions and, hopefully, lead to deeper lived faith and faithfulness.


    If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk

    1/16 Introduction

    1/30 Chapters 1&2

    2/6 Chapters 3&4

    2/13 Chapters 5&6

    2/20 Chapters 7&8

    2/27 Chapters 9&10

    3/6 Chapters 11&12

    3/13 Chapters 13, 14 & 15

    3/20 Chapters 16, 17 &18

     

    If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I?

    4/10 Introduction

    4/24 Chapter 1

    5/1 Chapter 2

    5/15 Chapter 3

    5/22 Chapter 4 & Conclusion


     

  • men's koffee klatch

    Sorry, this group is currently on hold due to COVID-19

     

    Thursday 9:30am - 11:00 am         CE Building Lounge

    All men of United Church are invited to coffee, refreshments, and fellowship!  There are no lesson plans, no required or suggested topics, no devotions, no leaders, but there is a lot of fun!  Hosting duties are passed around within the group.  The wit and wisdom shared cover all sorts of topics and the discussions have proven extremely interesting, informative, and supportive.  We laugh a lot!  See you there!

  • Monday book study

    Monday 11:00am  – 12:30pm          Meeting Online via Zoom


    All women of the church and their friends are welcome to attend this group (currently meeting via Zoom).  The books for discussion are selected by the group. 


    Starting on March 28, the Monday group will begin reading Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? . . . And Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-Box at the Vatican Observatory by Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and Paul Mueller, SJ.


    "Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child’s drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?" - Pope Francis, May 2014.

    Pope Francis posed that question - without insisting on an answer! - to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's not the first time that question has been asked.


    Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear questions like that all the time. They’re scientists at the Vatican Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic Church. In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? they explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason: How do you reconcile the The Big Bang with Genesis? Was the Star of Bethlehem just a pious religious story or an actual description of astronomical events? What really went down between Galileo and the Catholic Church - and why do the effects of that confrontation still reverberate to this day? Will the Universe come to an end? And - could you really baptize an extraterrestrial?


    With disarming humor, Brother Guy and Father Paul explore these questions and more over the course of six days of dialogue. Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial will make you laugh, make you think, and make you reflect more deeply on science, faith, and the nature of the universe.

     

     

    Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

    3/28 Day 1: Gallery through McKinlock

    4/4 Day 1: European Medieval Art through Contemporary Art

    4/11 Day 2: Soles through Searching

    4/18 Day 2: Whiteout through The Human Touch

    4/25 Day 3: Mapping through Damage Control?

    5/2 Day 3: History through Appendix A

    5/9 Day 4: A Star With a Tale through A Pious Story?

    5/16 Day 4: A Miracle? through A Guiding Star

    5/23 Day 5: Antipasto through Secondo Piatto

    5/30 Day 5: L'Insalada through Il Conto

    6/6 Day 6: We'd Like through Please Do not

    6/13 Day 6: Those with US through The Share-A-Ride



    If you're interested in joining this group, please contact Pastor Kara or the Church Office.




  • Women's Friday Morning Group

    Friday 10:00am - 11:30am          Meeting Online via Zoom


    All women are welcome to come try out our Friday morning group!  We are largely comprised of women of The United Church, although not exclusively, and you are certainly welcome to bring a friend with you!  We spend time each week in study and, equally as important, in fellowship and prayer.


    The Friday group will be reading Exodus along with Peter Enns's Exodus for Normal People: A Guide to the Story--and History--of the Second book of the Bible:


    "Behind the scenes of movies like The Ten CommandmentsThe Prince of Egypt, or Exodus: Gods and Kings is a complicated, and at times, messy biblical story. In this short guide to the book of Exodus, Biblical scholar Peter Enns doesn't just break down the story for the average person to understand but takes us behind the story - to the history and traditions that led us to the story as we have it today. By asking the important questions like, “What kind of book are we reading?" and taking us along Moses's and the Israelite journey, Enns brings the best in biblical scholarship to us everyday people. And, as we have come to expect from Pete Enns, he does it with his usual humor and wit."


    3/4 Infomercial-Chapter 2

    3/11 Chapter 3

    3/18 Chapter 4

    3/25 Chapter 5

    4/1 Chapter 6

    4/8 Chapter 7

    4/15 Chapter 8

    4/22 Chapter 9

    4/28 Chapter 10

    5/6 Chapter 11

    5/13 Chapter 12

    5/20 Chapter 13



  • conversations at aspen ridge

    This meeting is currently on hold due to COVID-19


    Join us every third Wednesday of the month at 10:00am for coffee and conversation with our friends who reside at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living Facility.  Aspen Ridge Lodge is located at 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos.

Revelation Class videos

Want to take part in Pastor Kara's Revelation class, but can't make it work with your schedule?  Did you really enjoy last week's discussion and want to hear it again?  Good news!  Kara will be recording each week and we'll be uploading the videos right here!

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