Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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Free childcare is almost always provided for groups that meet at church (see bottom of page for details).
Staff contact: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403 [church office]).


Prayer & MEditation Boot Camp

8 wednesdays on Zoom

From Pastor April: Without a doubt, my prayer and meditation practices have been sustaining me during this season, not only to provide solace for my weary heart, but to keep me grounded in love and open to what I truly need to hear and listen to in this season. When I began practicing the meditation we teach in this class on a daily basis more than three years ago, I found it to be transformational on every level in my life. It has literally rewired my brain for the better.

Today’s scientists are revealing what people of faith have long known, that prayer and meditation are powerful tools to promote wellness, reduce anxiety, and foster healing. Studies show that a regular practice of prayer or meditation, even 5 minutes a day, can rewire the brain and change the way we react and respond in the world, helping us to be less reactive, anxious, and ashamed and more rooted in the generous love of God. Many would like to nurture a practice like this in their lives but aren’t exactly sure where to start or how to integrate it into an already busy life. Using simple tools from historical Christian prayer practices, Pastor April will provide some practical ways to help you kick start a consistent practice or deepen the practice you already have. The group will provide support and accountability as you build this into the rhythm of your life. Join us!

Feedback from the last four classes we’ve taught indicated that this was immediately applicable and accessible for folks, and everyone who finished the class had established a regular practice that they found meaningful in their lives. So… for those of you who are looking for more tools to help you live in this world from a place of wholeheartedness, love, justice, and peace… PLEASE join us. The class is online and open to all. Please share with your friends! The teachings are rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition but applicable to EVERYONE.

  • 8 Wednesdays, January 13 – March 10, 7-8pm (skip February 17, Ash Wednesday).
  • Facilitated by Ginny Fisher, Pastor April Blaine, and the Prayer & Meditation team.
  • Online on Zoom. We’ll email the Zoom info when you sign up. Please make sure your screen name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Class size is limited to 30 participants.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Stories for the Soul

Stand-alone Class on Zoom

The stories of the Bible can do wonders for our spirits and give us hope in these challenging times. We invite you to join us for an hour on Zoom for Stories for the Soul, to hear a Bible story and then talk about it with others in simple conversation. No Bible knowledge or experience required!

There will be time for discussion as well as an opportunity to create something in response (pray, draw, write something… up to you, with zero pressure to share with the group).

  • Tuesday, January 19, 7-8pm.
  • Facilitated by Lindsay Robinson and Beth Palmer (both staff).
  • Join us on Zoom! Meeting ID: 857 3154 4239. Please make sure your screen name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

personal growth & the enneagram

STAND-ALONE CLASSES ON ZOOM

Join us for a series of stand-alone classes on the Enneagram, a powerful tool for understanding yourself, the box you’re in, and pathways to help you get out of that box and find enhanced freedom for yourself and in your relationships!

All of us have unconscious habits of thinking, feeling, and doing that are getting in the way of our personal and spiritual growth. Becoming aware of those inner motivations and messages can set us free to be who God created us to be, and this self-awareness can make day-to-day life and relationships a LOT less frustrating!

Each time we’ll do a short centering practice to get us started, then we’ll offer some teaching on one topic, and we’ll have plenty of time for small group discussion and personal reflection. All classes will be held online via Zoom, 7-8:30pm.

Please help support this teaching ministry with a contribution to the church, either through your regular giving or a special gift for Adult Discipleship (suggested donation per class, $10-$20. You can give from your phone using our GivePlus+ app or online through our website [click for online giving, and select “Adult Discipleship Class / Book”]). We also never want the cost of a book or class to keep someone from participating, so please sign up whether you can contribute financially or not!

Holiday Let Down & The Hell of Winter: The Enneagram Passions

The Enneagram “Passions” are the unhealthy emotions that drive each Enneagram type. Did your Passion rear its ugly head over the holidays? Were you a gluttonous 7? An envious 4? A resentful 1, and THEN SOME? Was your avarice, anxiety, or fear on full display, your intensity overbearing, or your sloth/inertia overwhelming? We’ll give you some ideas on how to turn it around and return toward your True Self, with kindness toward yourself.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 7-8:30pm.
  • Online via Zoom. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up for this class (link below) and make sure your zoom name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by Julie Johnson & Beth Palmer (staff).
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
  • PDF of class handout will be posted here a day or two before class and emailed to those who sign up.

Contemplative Prayer Practices for Each Enneagram Type

Enneagram types need different contemplative prayer practices: Body types tend to need more stillness in their lives, while Heart types tend to flourish with solitude, and Head types do best with silence. As we enter the season of Lent, a time for looking inward, come learn about which practices may facilitate your connection with God in healing ways.

  • Thursday, February 18, 7-8:30pm.
  • Online via Zoom. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up for this class (link below) and make sure your zoom name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by Lora McConnell & Beth Palmer (staff).
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
  • PDF of class handout will be posted here a day or two before class and emailed to those who sign up.

Guided Discussion & General Q&A

Join us for an hour of general discussion about the Enneagram and what you’re learning about yourself on this journey. We won’t present any new content, but we’ll be ready with discussion questions to get you thinking and engaging. We’ll leave time for you to ask whatever questions you have about the Enneagram and your type.

  • Tuesday, March 2, 7-8pm.
  • Online via Zoom. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up for this class (link below) and make sure your zoom name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by the whole Enneagram Teaching Team: Julie Johnson, Aimee Lotz, Lora McConnell & Beth Palmer (staff).
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

3 Instincts & 27 Enneagram Subtypes

Each Enneagram type has three subtypes, determined by which of the three Instincts is dominant in us: Self-Preservation, Sexual (Attraction), or Social (Adaptation). These are the biological drives that are hard-wired into us, the needs we have as physiological organisms: our instinct to survive and thrive (SP), to procreate (SX), and to care and bond with others (SO). And your dominant Instinct makes your Enneagram type look a little different from the others. We all have all three, but they get out of balance. Finding balance in our instinctual drives is critical for transformation.

  • Thursday, March 25, 7-8:30pm.
  • Online via Zoom. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up for this class (link below) and make sure your zoom name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by Aimee Lotz & Julie Johnson.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.
  • PDF of class handout will be posted here a day or two before class and emailed to those who sign up.

Guided Discussion & Q&A about the Instincts

Join us for an hour of discussion about the Instincts & Subtypes. We won’t present any new content, but we’ll be ready with discussion questions about the Instincts to get you thinking and engaging. We’ll leave time for you to ask whatever questions you have about the Instincts and your subtype.

  • Wednesday, April 14, 7-8pm.
  • Online via Zoom. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up for this class (link below) and make sure your zoom name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by the whole Enneagram Teaching Team: Julie Johnson, Aimee Lotz, Lora McConnell, & Beth Palmer (staff).
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

About the Enneagram Teaching Team at Hilliard umc

Julie Johnson, Aimee Lotz, Lora McConnell, and Beth Palmer have all taken many training classes with various experts on the Enneagram, and Aimee, Julie, and Beth are all working toward official certification as Enneagram Applications Certified Professionals through the Enneagram Institute of Ohio. Beth Palmer is also Director of Adult Discipleship for Hilliard United Methodist Church.

New to the Enneagram? Not sure of your Number yet?

There’s a lot of Enneagram information out there these days, and that can be overwhelming for those new to its wisdom! Here are some recommendations and resources for learning about the Enneagram and discerning your type. Reach out to Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship, with your questions.

  • The Enneagram Institute is an excellent resource. Their “Learn” section is full of important, well-respected teaching.
  • The Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, is a good introduction. It’s easy to read and full of good stories, and it tends to be pretty helpful in type identification for beginners. We have a couple of copies in the church office ($20); contact Beth Palmer to arrange pick up.
  • Fr. Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation has a good introduction.
  • Anything by Russ Hudson! Check out his Enneagram teachings on his website (russhudson.com) and on YouTube; search for him as a guest on various podcasts; read his books. We especially recommend his series of stand-alone webinars in collaboration with The Awakened Company, especially episode numbers 3 (“How Do I Find My Enneagram Type”), 2 (“The Original and Core Teachings of the Enneagram”), and 4 (“Strengths and Weaknesses of the Enneagram Types”) ($25 each on demand).
  • While we don’t recommend Enneagram tests in general, as they’re often inaccurate, here’s a simple one that might help point you in the right direction. Your self-observations are a far better indicator of your type. Think about what you were like in your teens and twenties; this is when the Ego Personality is generally most obvious.

Recommended podcasts (start with the first episodes):


Ongoing Groups: Newcomers Always Welcome

Ongoing Adult Sunday school classes are on THIS page…

Other Ongoing Groups for Adults are on THIS page…


Extra Stuff…

When we’re back in the buildings (after COVID-19): Childcare (free) for children up to age 11 is usually available for all classes as a gift to you from the church. Take your child(ren) to the Sanctuary building nursery on the main floor or the Warehouse 839 nursery, behind the stage, where they will be met with a smile by trained, paid staff who have completed all the requirements outlined in our Safe Sanctuaries Policy (including a background check).

We don’t want the cost of books or class materials to get in the way of you taking a class, so sign up whether you have book money or not. It’s on us, happily! If you’d like to contribute a few extra dollars toward a book or class materials for someone who doesn’t have book money this time, that’d be great, thank you! Class facilitators will collect book money at class. (There are one or two exceptions to this, such as Financial Peace University.)