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.
Adult Ed: "What Just Happened"

A Panel of Dumbartonians Returning from Special UMC General Conference in St. Louis: "What Just Happened?"  The Traditional Plan--calling for enforcement of existing rules against homosexuals, LGBT ordination, and marriage equality--prevailed over more progressive alternatives this week at the UMC Special General Conference.  Even as we get eyewitness details about this recent, disappointing turn of events, we'll be celebrating our many years as a Reconciling Congregation!  Gather at 9:30 am in the far end of the Social Hall for refreshments and hot beverages.

Adult Ed -- Michael Manson:Religious beliefs of Robert Frost

"Religious Beliefs of Robert Frost: Mystic Visions." Michael's presentation last month, by popular demand, called for "More!"  Today we'll explore further this great poet's religious and philosophical views and beliefs.   Adult Ed meets in the far end of 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- A.J. Welch: The Mass

Our esteemed music director helps us understand the history and beauty of this ancient, sacred form of worship.  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-- Pam Constable: Whither Afghanistan?

Pamela Constable: "Whither Afghanistan?"   Pam, Washington Post Bureau Chief for Afghanistan (and Pakistan), is home for a respite from this important and hazardous area of the world.  Among other angles, she'll explore what would happen if the Taliban take over.  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). 

Congregational Conversation -- Small Group

Congregational conversations are small group gatherings of Dumbartonians to reflect on who we are, what calls us forth and gives us courage, and what ministry our church community is being caller to in this moment.  This sharing and reflection connects us wirh our foundation so we are better prepared for whatever action is ahead for us.  This group convenes today following worship in the far end of the Social Hall.. Grab some refreshments and add your voice to the conversation.

Adult Ed--Wesley's Wisdom About Community

"Wesley's Wisdom About Community."  What do John Wesley's words say to us as we try to

Adult Ed-Getting Ready for the New Nuclear Arms Race

Greg Thielmann: "Getting Ready for the New Nuclear Arms Race."  The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is gone; the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is under attack; and the Trump Administration is rejecting Putin's offer to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).  Greg will bring us up to date on these developments, as well as give us some reasons to keep hope alive! 

Adult Ed--Update on the UMC

Ella Curry, with The Revs.

Adult Ed--Charles Wesley Christmas Hymns

December 15: The Rev. Neal Christie--"Charles Wesley: Hymns for the Christmas Season." Neal will focus on Charles Wesley's numerous liberating hymns for Advent and Christmas addressed to the poor, as well as to those yearning for peace in the midst of violence. We will consider his theology and consider the influence of his hymns on our spiritual formation. Class meets in the rear of the Social Hall.  Gather ar 9:30 for refreshments and fellowship. Class begins promptly at 10 a.m. 

Adult Ed-"Lectio Divinia and the Magnificat."

December 22: Jennifer Stapleton--"Lectio Divinia and the Magnificat." Lectio Divinia is the traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading that helps deepen our understanding of texts--not through a scholarly exercise--but through meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Jennifer will be our guide to help us discover what, in "The Song of Mary," really speaks to us.  Class meets at the far end of the Social Hall on the ground floor.