Adult Education

Adding to Your Understanding

Some say it resembles a graduate school class. Others say it's a great prelude to the worship service. It's Dumbarton's Adult Education program, broadening Dumbartonians' understanding of the church's mission, the Bible and global issues. (It's also easier to find parking by coming earlier.)

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. for coffee and refreshments. 10 a.m. for the program.
  • Date: Every Sunday from September through May (with a few exceptions on Easter and some holidays in the Social Hall at Dumbarton United Methodist Church.
  • Format: A speaker discusses a topic, often with slides or Power Point presentation. A question-and-answer period follows.
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Adult Ed - Open Mike

Today's Topic:  “Open Mike!” Adult Ed offers a unique chance to share what’s on your mind: important news (from local to world), as well as books and movies you would like to talk about.  Don’t be shy!  Adult Ed meets in the church Social Hall.  Gather at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and fellowship. The programs begin promptly at 10 (ending about 10:50). 

Adult Ed - Greg Thielmann

November 11—Greg Thielmann: “Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI.” Greg will share ideas about the overall meaning of the “war to end all wars,” as well as more personal thoughts about how that war affected his own family.  Adult Ed meets in the church Social Hall.  Gather at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and fellowship. The programs begin promptly at 10 (ending about 10:50). 

Adult Ed -- Mittie Quinn

November 18—Mittie Quinn: “Learning from our Siblings around the World.” The Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) hosted its first “Listening Post” in Portland, Oregon in August.  Thirty-two participants from around the globe gathered to discuss issues of social justice in their local contexts.  Mittie, who attended, will be joined by a participant from Norway and one from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to discuss the sharing and network building they experienced at the conference.  Adult Ed meets in the church Social Hall.  Gather at 9:30 a.m.

Adult Ed - Mark Schaefer

 Today's Topic: "The Principle of Uncertainty: The Way of Inescapable Doubt and Its Virtue"  Mark, University Chaplain at American University, will discuss his new book in which he argues that "in embracing doubt and uncertainly, we find a more meaningful and courageous religious faith, a deeper encounter with mystery, and a way to build strong relationships across religious and philosophical lines." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Adult Ed meets in the church Social Hall.  Gather at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and fellowship.

Adult Ed - Josh Clark, RiverSmart

Josh Clark: “RiverSmart: Dumbarton & Storm Water.”  Our guest speaker is an environmental designer who specializes in innovative landscape design, storm water management, and native plantings. We’ll hear about how low impact development serves as way to combat storm water, and how the District’s RiverSmart Communities grant program will affect what we will be doing in this regard at Dumbarton.  Adult Ed meets in the church Social Hall.  Gather at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and fellowship.

Adult Ed: Way Forward Update

Rev. Mary Kay Totty and Ella Curry: “The Way Forward: Update!” In advance of the UMC Special Session of the General Conference--to be held in St. Louis in February--our pastor and Ella will bring us up to date on what’s happening with “The Way Forward.”  The fate of the UMC in regard to the Book of Discipline and human sexuality is up for grabs—with three different options.   We’ll hear about a fourth option (“The Simple Plan”) and engage in a lively Q&A.   Adult Ed meets in the church Social Hall.  Gather at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and fellowship.

ADult Ed - Pam Thielmann: "Death & Dying"

"Death and Dying: the Conversation Continues"  Pam, a licensed counselor, leads discussion/continuing conversations abou tthe myriad issues, feelings, and perspectives related to death and dying.  Gather at 9:30 for coffee, refreshments and fellowship.  Program begins promptly at 10 a.m.  Always lively discussion ends at 10:50 a.m.

Adult Ed:"Radical Gratitude"

Beginning with a recorded TED talk, the session will continue with a lively open mic conversation about the benefits of having an intentional attitude of gratitude. Gather at 9:30 for coffee, refreshments & fellowship. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.

Adult Ed: Miguel Carter & Kristina Swensson: "Life in Guinea-Bissau."

 Between 2016 and 2018, Miguel, Kristina, and their sons,  spent two years in this small, West African country. The family will share pictures, stories and insights from this lovely part of the world.  Gather at 9:30 for coffee, refreshments and fellowship. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.

Adult Ed: Michael Manson: -"The Religious Beliefs of Robert Frost."

A lifelong student of science, Frost was astonished by nature's waste: humanity's smallness in a vast cosmos and the pitiless, random forces of evolution.  He was also amused by humanity's ability to fool itself into believing anything.  And yet out of these forms of skepticism, Frost found a way to believe in a God who creates and sustains humanity and who seeks justice while offering mercy.  Gather at 9:30 for coffee, refreshments & fellowship.  Program begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

 

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