A variety of education classes for adults are held most Sundays during the school year, September through May, from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. in the Center for Education (CE) Building.
Bible Study Class
CE Room 2
You can admit it. Some things about the Gospels that don’t make sense or seem irrelevant today. So, post-pandemic, we’re re-starting our Sunday School Bible Study class this fall with “The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings.” If you think you understand the Bible well, you’ll learn something new, too. Expect to ask questions.
Amy-Jill Levine has spent her life uncovering religious confusion. Her new book explains how Jesus’s words would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how they would have been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation. Surprise! AJ is an Orthodox Jew who is a New Testament professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Our facilitator is Melissa Kirkpatrick. A graduate of Jefferson High School, she returned to San Antonio and was unpacking boxes when the pandemic lockdown started. Nonetheless, she found a home at UPC. After Jefferson, she earned a master’s and Ph.D., focusing on American cultural and religious history. And, she earned a Master of Theological Studies. And, she is a Certified Christian Educator in the PC(USA)!
Who’s invited? You. Join in any Sunday you can make it. You don’t have to know anything about Jesus, because AJ tells the stories. Or you can know a lot and still have questions.
Is there homework? A bit of reading that will make you smile—maybe laugh—as you learn.
Living Our Faith Class
CE Room 4
A great way for visitors to begin to engage with new and long-time UPC members, this class explores a variety of topics, short books and Bible verses, with class members free to come and go as topics interest them. The intent is for participants to live out what we learn. The class collaboratively generates ideas and areas of study to explore together throughout the year. Participants then take turns facilitating, with guest teachers occasionally leading the discussion.
CE Room 3
Take a deep dive into books that explore our faith, other faith traditions, or the intersection of faith and the secular world, together with UPC members. Enjoy stimulating conversations on topics that can include biography, history, theology, personal memoir, social commentary and more. The books are selected from members’ recommendations. A book is chosen by vote among all submissions. The group does have a standing moderator, but individual members take turns leading the weekly discussion, usually one or two chapters at a time (about 30 pages). Interesting books and lively discussion make this an energizing, thought-provoking class.
Parents of children of any age are invited to gather in the UPC Library for fellowship and conversation about the struggles and joys of raising children. We ask questions like, “How do children develop a faith that becomes their own?” or “What are appropriate ways that children can learn to serve others?” Occasionally we engage in a book study. If you are seeking support, encouragement, ideas, or friends, this group is for you!