Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Which Path Will You Take?

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When we return to groups and classes meeting at church, free childcare is almost always provided during your class (see bottom of page for details).
Staff contact: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403 [church office]).


Contemplative Prayer Group

1st & 3rd Sundays on zoom, 6:30-8pm
change for April: 2nd & 4th Sundays, April 11 & 25

Earlene Sanborn leads a short Bible study (they’re currently working their way through the Gospel of John) and some discussion, and then the group does 20 minutes of silent Centering Prayer together. All welcome; come when you can.

Contact Earlene for the Zoom information and to confirm the schedule, which occasionally changes (cell 614 578 8816; okay to text or call), or 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!

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. Zoom Meeting ID = 858 7868 6162.
  • 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.
  • Send questions to us ahead of time using this form, or bring your questions to the Zoom gathering.

New! Introduction to the 9 Enneagram Types

A broad overview for those new to the Enneagram who don’t know their type yet. We’ll also share resources and ideas for how to find your type.

  • Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom. Zoom Meeting ID will be posted here a day or two before class and emailed to those who sign up. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up (link below) and make sure your screen name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by Aimee Lotz & Beth Palmer.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

New! Myth Busters! Debunking Enneagram Myths

The Enneagram is enjoying wild popularity right now! That’s wonderful, but it also means there are some inaccuracies floating around. Join us as we bust some myths about this powerful tool for self-development. Great for beginners as well as those who’ve worked with it a while.

  • Wednesday, June 23, 7-8:30pm on Zoom. Zoom Meeting ID will be posted here a day or two before class and emailed to those who sign up. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up (link below) and make sure your screen name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by the whole Enneagram team: Julie Johnson, Aimee Lotz, Lora McConnell, & Beth Palmer.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

New! Enneagram Wings

Your Enneagram wings are the two numbers adjacent to yours on the Enneagram circle. They add nuance to your type and are one more piece of this complex instrument for personal growth.

  • Thursday, July 22, 7-8:30pm on Zoom. Zoom Meeting ID will be posted here a day or two before class and emailed to those who sign up. If we don’t know you yet, please sign up (link below) and make sure your screen name is recognizable so we let you in from the waiting room.
  • Facilitated by Lora McConnell & Julie Johnson.
  • 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):


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).


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.)