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Advent Adult Programs
Posted: Nov 4 2019 - 8:28pm

Prayer Retreat

Saturday, November 30 from 10:30am-1:30pm, includes lunch

Start the Advent season by sharing some group and individual prayer and silence with others. We'll try some ancient and refreshed spiritual practices, and share a mindful meal of soup and bread. It’s a lovely opportunity to explore how to use prayer to shift from the hectic to the holy during Advent.


Advent Study: In Light of the World by Amy-Jill Levine

2 classes before Christmas: December 8 and 22, 1 in Epiphany: January 12

In  Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories invite conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.



Prayer Partners for Advent

Sign up and we’ll pair you up with someone, or you can choose someone you know. Make a covenant with your Prayer Partner to connect at least 15 minutes each week of Advent by phone or in person. In addition to sharing your own prayer needs and approaches to prayer, the Adult Deepening team will also provide Prayer Partners with a brief guide for ways you might get to know each other, and ways to try praying together or individually on behalf of the other.


Advent Devotional

Contribute your writing, poems, pictures by Wednesday, November 20. We are looking for members and friends of United Parish to add to the 2019 United Parish Advent Devotional booklet that will be printed for the 2019 Advent season. Come to the writing workshop on Sunday, November 17 from 9am-10am in the Deepening Room to polish your draft and get peer feedback.

1. Consider an advent theme: Hope – Peace – Joy – Love

2. Choose a short passage of scripture. Suggestions from the Advent lectionary include:

Week 1: Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37

Week 2: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

Week 3: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Week 4: Luke 1:26-38 3.

Write a short reflection, tell a story about your life that relates to the scripture. Aim for 250-500 words (2-4 paragraphs). Or write a short poem or prayer. Send it to and include your name or indicate if you would like your submission to be kept anonymous.

Prayer Retreat
Posted: Oct 7 2019 - 2:29pm

We are gathering as a spiritual community on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30am-11:30am at United Parish in the Lindsay Room to share quiet prayer time with those you know and new friends. This will be a "come as you are" time to join in some group and individual prayer, learn some ancient and refreshed spiritual practices, and, weather permitting, take a contemplative walk outdoors to notice God's creation.

Too busy? Throughout the Gospels, we find Jesus retreating for prayer in the midst of his preaching, teaching and healing. We hope you will set aside time on a Saturday morning to renew your relationship with God and others, and reframe your approach to the everyday demands of life.

Pilgrims of all ages are welcome! Questions? Contact the Adult Deepening team at

Save the date - the next Quarterly Prayer Retreat will be Saturday, November 30 to get ready for Advent!

Lenten Study: Exploring our Faith
Posted: Feb 21 2019 - 2:12pm

This Lent we will have a series in worship and in discussion groups about what our faith means to us and how do we express it. This is a wide open inquiry that is looking for no right answers, but really digging into how each one of us understands our faith. We will look at our preconceived notions, our stumbling blocks, old ways of believing that may not work for us, new ways we’d like to explore.

We would like as many people as possible to participate in this exploration. We will pair up weekly workshops with our themes in worship.

These are some of the questions we will explore in our upcoming study:
• What does it mean to have faith?
• What is faith?
• How and why do we express it? 
• What do God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit mean to me?
• What baggage do I carry with me about any of these ideas?
• What do I need to let go of?
• What do I need to grow into?
• and other questions you may bring

One of the end results of this study is that we may come up with our own expressions of faith – whether in words, drawing, painting or music – that help us articulate where our faith is at this moment in time.

This promises to be a rewarding study for all of us and I hope you will come try it out Sundays after worship 12:30-2pm in the Parlor through April 14.
Weekday sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 9am in the Deepening Room through April 16.

Click here to register.



Lenten Study Archives

March 10

Take-home questions: What is Faith?

Lenten Study curriculum packet: Workshop #1

March 17

Take-home questions: Who is God?

Lenten Study curriculum packet: Workshop #2

March 24

Take-home questions: Who is Jesus?

Lenten Study curriculum packet: Workshop #3

March 31

Take-home questions: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Lenten Study curriculum packet: Workshop #4

April 7

Take-home questions: The Church and the World

Lenten Study curriculum packet: Workshop #5

April 14

Take-home questions: Expressing Our Faith

Lenten Study curriculum packet: Workshop #6