Adult Education | Sundays at 9:45 to 10:45 am
Sunday School Classes at University UMC offer a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship for everyone by bringing people together in smaller groups to learn about Christian faith and life. Visitors are always welcome. If you would like help in making a selection or a more personal introduction to one of these classes, contact Rev. Lisa Blaylock.
Centering Prayer | Room S 200 | Sanctuary, Second Floor
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer. The session consists of a 20-minute meditation that starts at 10:00 a.m, scripture readings and optional sharing with other group members. The method of Centering Prayer we use can be found in the book, “Open Mind, Open Heart” by Thomas Keating.
Contact: Jan Reed
Discovery | Room 301
The class formerly known as the Young Couples Plus Class is now the Discovery Class. It focuses on folks in their mid-30s to late 40s. The class members choose subjects and topics (led by pastors and knowledgeable lay persons) that address “how to grow in our faith as we meet life’s challenges and successes.” We hope you will join us this Sunday, for coffee and great discussion.
Contact: Rev. Lisa Blaylock
Explorers | Room 302 – 304
Open to all, single or married. The class is committed to building a caring community among its members and a hospitable environment for newcomers. Studies alternate between Bible studies and explorations of life issues from a faith perspective. Class members participate in mission activities of UUMC and the Austin community. Members host social events and an occasional retreat.
Contact: Diane Ireson, (512) 452-7307
Wesley Plus | Room 303
Everyone is welcome. Discussions of the Bible, theological, and social issues of current interest. Class sessions are facilitated by members of the class and invited guest speakers. Members of the class are actively involved in service and leadership within UUMC and within the Austin community.
Contacts: Anne Ader; Frances Ricker, (512) 477-8109; Leon Long, (512) 459-7838; Gene Preston, (512) 892-3621
Odyssey | Room 312
For single and married adults. The class looks at modern issues of faith and social justice in a discussion format led by members and guests from inside and outside UUMC. The class is an ongoing journey in which participants discover and explore their spirituality, beliefs and connection to the church, community, and the world. The class appeals to individuals who like an informal, friendly and service-oriented class.
Contact: Carroll Martin, (512) 327-8825, or Kay Lin Mueller, (512) 444-0996
Questors | Room 202
For couples and singles of all ages. Guest lecturers with group discussion. Topics include psychology, philosophy, personal growth, world religions, and social, political, and global concerns. The class philosophy is to discuss anything of a Christian concern that touches the lives of individuals.
Contact: Jim Raup, (512) 368-5344
Young Adults | Church Library
For young adults (ages 25-40). Join us as we study scripture and progressive Christianity together, using the Animate curriculum series from Sparkhouse . This community is also involved in mission projects – packing school supplies for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), participating in the Open Door ministry to homeless friends on Saturday morning, and providing leadership to other UUMC ministries – such as working with youth and social justice ministries. Members of this class enjoy one another and frequently find time to share a meal and fellowship. Newcomers are always welcome.
Contact: Trish Merrill | (512) 750-7094