Adult Education

Adult Classes meet at 9:45 am on Sundays.

We offer several classes each Sunday morning for adults. Want to study Scripture together? Interested in learning about different topics and how they intersect with our faith? Check out the options below!

Dunham Hall Class
Bible Study/Spiritual Formation

Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5: The Journey of Epiphany
led by Rick and Sally Osmer

The Church Season of Epiphany leads us quickly from Jesus’s birth with the visit of the Magi (Wise Men) to his early ministry. This class will focus on four early events in the life and ministry of Jesus:

  1. January 15: The coming of the wise men, Matthew 2:1-11
  2. January 22: Jesus as a twelve-year old among the teachers in the Temple, Luke 2:22-30
  3. January 29: The Baptism of Jesus, Matthew 3:13-17
  4. February 5: The Temptation of Jesus, Matthew 4:1-11

Feb. 12 & 19: “Ask, And It Will Be Given to You.” ~ Matthew 7:7
taught by Kristin Ransford Hiemstra

When we pray, we talk to God. However, sometimes we forget to listen for God’s response which can come in the form of intuition, visions, inspirations or a whole myriad of things. God is a very creative communicator. In this gathering, we will set an intention for 2023 and partner with God to bring it to fruition. Time will be spent learning different ways to receive Divine guidance.

Beginning Feb. 26: Faith in Plain Sight — A Lenten Journey of Storytelling

Join us in Lent as we hear the stories of fellow church members as they are articulate where their faith and life have been woven together. Everyday saints will be gently interviewed, exploring different threads each week, such as: work, health, family, current issues, community engagement. This is a perfect class to bring a friend or neighbor to. No preparation or knowledge needed, simply a listening ear and open heart.

 Vance Barron Hall Class
Topical Learning

Feb. 5, 12, 19: Affordable Housing in Chapel Hill

It’s no secret that one of the greatest challenges in Chapel Hill is affordable housing. What happens to the shape of our community as more and more people are priced out of the market? Join us for a three-week exploration of housing and homelessness in our community with speakers from the community offering insight and vision for some exciting projects on the horizon.

February 5 – Jennifer Player from Habitat for Humanity will present on the ambitious Weavers Grover project that will bring 100 Habitat homes to Chapel Hill across the next five years.

February 12 – Sarah Viñas is Chapel Hill’s Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director. She will offer an overview of housing in our community and point to some opportunities for adding more affordable options in the future.

February 19 – We will consider the issue of housing from a theological and biblical standpoint, asking the question “Why is affordable housing the Church’s concern?”

Feb. 26: Presby 101

Are you new to UPC, new to the Presbyterian denomination, or just curious to know more about what it means to be part of the PC(USA)? Throughout the year, we offer periodic stand-alone classes about what it means to be Presbyterian! Join us on Feb. 26 in the Fellowship Hall. The topic this time will be Scripture. The Presbyterian Church (USA) offers helpful tools forhow to interpret scripture. This class would be a great gathering for anyone new to our church and anyone who has ever been in or overheard an argument about “what the Bible says.”

Other Opportunities

Presbyterian Women

Small Groups

Woman to Woman Discussion Group

UPC Adult Education Mission Statement

Adopted August 20, 2015

According to Matthew, Jesus said the greatest commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

We at University Presbyterian Church, as part of God’s people in the Reformed tradition, seek to love God and our neighbors through educational opportunities that:

*are rooted in the Bible and present topics through a Christian “lens of faith”

*incorporate theology professed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Reformed tradition

*integrate worship, study, and service

*nurture spiritual exploration and development

*encourage faithful living in concert with Christ’s mission

*welcome participants of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs

*respect and welcome other denominations and faiths

An essential function of a congregation is to provide educational opportunities that challenge people of all ages to become more aware of and to discern God’s call. We believe such study should touch upon all aspects of our lives as individuals and as a church community, informing our mission and enhancing our worship of God.