Adult Education

Dumbarton UMC Adult education programs include Sunday morning sessions and short series of evening programs.


Many Adult Ed sessions are devoted to current issues, local and national history, and new research of likely interest to those beyond its church-going community.  A variety of topics and presenters keep the program interesting.  Each session includes time for a generally lively discussion.  But don’t take our word for it; visit our Dumbarton Adult Ed YouTube playlist to judge for yourself.

For a real-time experience, join us at nine in person at 3133 Dumbarton Street NW in Georgetown, or join by Zoom, dialing 301-715-8592 and punching in Meeting ID: 823 2708 4830 and Passcode: 801277.  If you miss an Adult Ed presentation you wanted to see, you should be able to find it on our Adult Ed YouTube Playlist within a few workdays after it was given.

Sunday Morning Adult Education

The title for our current series of programs is “Case Studies in Applied Religion.”  At Dumbarton we are oriented to social justice issues and the relevance that our religious beliefs have to dealing with those issues.  Presenters may come from a secular or religious viewpoint; it is up to the adult education participants to discern how their religious beliefs provide context.

The issues we tackle are broad, often with the help of guest speakers who are experts in their fields.  We question how religious beliefs affect our understanding of societal issues that need to be addressed. We look at current events and long-standing issues of social justice.  We raise questions together and leave discerning answers to the individual.  Discussion is lively because we include the spiritually seeking and the intellectually curious, believers and non-believers alike.

Dumbarton United Methodist Church Washington DC - Adult Education session

We invite you to join us any Sunday for a particular program or to come regularly, whether or not you are a current member of Dumbarton Church.  Sessions are held in person in the Social Hall, and simultaneously on Zoom, 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Go to our home page for information about upcoming Sunday morning sessions. To receive the Zoom link or to find out more about “Case Studies in Applied Religion,” contact the church office.


Other Opportunities for Adult Spiritual Formation

The Evening Adult Studies are planned for select Thursdays at 7:00 pm, with themes that run for 6 – 8 weeks.  They may include short videos and discussions, and an invitation to journal or take other action during the week.  Participants are encouraged to attend regularly, but drop-ins are welcome.

Recent series have included “Our First Way of Knowing God,” and “Who Are We as United Methodists?”  Another was based on Howard Thurman’s book, Jesus and the Disinherited.  The series are planned with breaks in between them.