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.

Discovery | Room 301

The Discovery Class is an intimate group of all ages, married and single, who share in discussion on how to grow in our faith as we meet life’s challenges and successes. We often begin with a short video followed by lively dialogue. The format and smaller class size promotes camaraderie and openness to share opinions and feelings and ask questions. 

We invite you to join us this Sunday for fellowship and coffee (in real coffee cups). 
Contact: Karla Pfeiffer

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 Marsha Whitton, 512 444-8153

Modern Family | Room 309

Parents with young children are invited to our Modern Family Sunday School class, held on the 3rd floor in Room 309 each week from 9:45 to 10:45 am.  We discuss parenting techniques, challenges, aspirations and check in with one another to hear highs and lows. 
Contact: Dr. Chris Ulack & Kelly Edwards

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

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.
 Gene Preston, (512) 892-3621


Youth Education


Sundays at 9:45 to 10:45 am


Youth Ministry at University UMC gives high schoolers and middle schoolers opportunities to make lasting friendships and grow in their faith. At UUMC, our congregation members understand that youth have much to teach us and we are in partnership with them in our shared journey of faith. Their questions and energy enrich our lives together.

9:45 pm: Sunday School for Youth. Classes located on the third floor of Heinsohn Hall.

Confirmation Classes at University UMC

UUMC offers Confirmation classes using the curriculum “Confirm Not Conform” for students in Grades 8 through 11. This curriculum was chosen because it engages youth in Scripture, tradition, reason and experience. It also focuses on church history, the Nicene Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, worship, world religions and social justice. Please call Sydney Harkrider at (512) 478-9387 ext. 213 to register your student, volunteer as a mentor or learn more information.

For more information about UUMC’s Youth Ministry programs,
contact Sydney Harkrider, Youth Director, at


Children’s Education


9:45 to 10:45 am


Sunday School classes at University UMC offer children and youth a place to grow together in their faith formation. Visitors are always welcome and friends are always invited. We want to make Sunday mornings the best part of the week for all children and youth at University UMC. To learn more about our classes and our approaches to Christian education, contact
Rev. Heather Lee, Director of our Children’s Ministry programs.

Godly Play

A Montessori-like approach to Christian education. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using the language of the Christian tradition to encounter God and find direction for their lives. Click here for more details on Godly Play

Two, Three, & Fours | Room 321

Kindergarten - Second Grade | Room 318

Third - Fifth Grade | Room 313

Music for Children

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the music ministry at University UMC. We strive to give children meaningful, fun experiences, teach new musical skills and encourage children to share their musical gifts.

The Wesley Choir provides an opportunity for children in second through fifth grade to share their musical gifts with the congregation. No previous choral or music training is required, just a desire to sing. Regular attendance is encouraged. Children accompany their parents to the 11:00 am services, then leave the Sanctuary service after the scripture readings (children in the Chapel service are gathered simultaneously by a youth assistant).  Rehearsal concludes around noon, when parents are asked to pick up their children in the choir room.

We value the opportunity to engage in the art of music making with all of the children at University UMC. Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Sunday School Music | 9:45 am – 10:00 am

Children from three years of age to first grade participate in the Cherub Choir during the last part of Sunday School hour. Activities include singing, movement, listening and the introduction of early music skills. These children share their music in church on designated Sundays throughout the year.