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Classes

Here at UPC, we've been blessed with an abundance of gifted teachers on our pastoral staff and in our community. From Bible studies to topical classes, you're sure to find something that will help you learn and grow in your faith.

Sundays

ReFrame

Sundays, 10am, Calvin Lounge
Starting September 17
Our lives are increasingly complex and so is our modern world. As a result, Christians often struggle to connect what they believe with what they do day by day. ReFrame addresses this challenge through a 10-week, film-based series that helps Christians connect faith with all of life; whether that be tending a garden, caring for children, pastoring a church, or negotiating a business deal. Watch the trailer, then sign up online and plan to join us. Download the ReFrame Study Guide.

Parents are the New Youth Pastors

Sundays, Oct. 1–Dec. 3, 11:45–12:45pm
Parents, you are the spiritual leaders and primary models of faith for your kids! Learn how you can partner with our youth leaders in this important work. Contact: Scott.

Serve with Strengths

11:30am–1pm, Geneva
October 8, 15, and 22
In this class, we’ll explore what it means to live into our God-given gifts and use those gifts to serve God’s kingdom both within the walls of the church and beyond in our workplaces, local communities and throughout the world. Using 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4 in conjunction with the StrengthsFinder assessment and materials, we’ll explore a theology of gifts and will take a fresh look at what it means for every member to be a minister. RSVP to Marisa.

 

Wednesday Evenings

Parenting with Strengths

Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm, Knox Parlor
October 11, 18, and 25
Using Biblical texts interwoven with the StrengthsFinder assessment and materials, we’ll explore a theology of parenting asking, “How can we be the parents that we were created to be using our God-given gifts and strengths?” And consequently, “How might we parent our kids so that they are living into the unique people God created them to be?” RSVP to Marisa.

The Bible: (Re)discovering our Story
Old Testament – How is This Even Relevant?

Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm, Sanctuary
Sept. 27–Oct. 11
How is an ancient collection of stories and oracles relevant to our questions about purpose, vocation and priorities? Join us for 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings of teaching and small group discovery to (re)discover the God who engages us in the history, wisdom and prophetic writings of the Old Testament. Led by Dr. Laurie Brenner and hosted by UPC Young Adult and Adult Discipleship. 

September 27: Purpose – The History Books
Who is God? Who are we? Where do we belong? Why are we here?  

October 4: Creation & Covenants (Restoration) 
Vocation – Wisdom Literature
How do we make the most of life? Worship – Wisdom – Work – Intimacy – Suffering 

October 11: Priorities – Prophetic Writings
What matters? Confronting Idolatry

RIGHT, WRONG, AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

What’s at Stake?

October 18 and 26, 7–8:30pm
At University Presbyterian Church and Union Church
Intelligent computers and robots are coming, with much of the development work happening right in our neighborhoods at the University of Washington, in South Lake Union, and in Redmond. How will these machines be involved in our lives? How will they “learn” right from wrong in different situations, and whose values will provide the basis for that learning? 

In two nights at University Presbyterian Church and Union Church, specialists in artificial intelligence, theology, and business ethics will help us understand the technological, ethical and cultural issues in this industry, and provide a basis for an ongoing cross-spectrum discussion of these important issues. The content of each night will be similar.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7–8:30pm
UPC Sanctuary

+ Rev. Dr. Bruce Baker, former tech start-up entrepreneur and Microsoft executive, now professor of business ethics at SPU and UW
+ Prof. Nathan Kutz, Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
+ Rev. James B Notkin, Co-Pastor, Union Church, South Lake Union, and adjunct professor of business ethics at SPU
+ Tripp Parker, Group Program Manager For Machine Learning in the Information and Content Team, Microsoft.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7–8:30pm
Union Church

+ Rev. Dr. Bruce Baker, former tech start-up entrepreneur and Microsoft executive, now professor of business ethics at SPU and UW
+ Rev. James B Notkin, Co-Pastor, Union Church, South Lake Union, and adjunct professor of business ethics at SPU ditto
+ Tripp Parker, Group Program Manager For Machine Learning in the Information and Content Team, Microsoft

New Testament – What Makes My Story Relevant?

Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm, Sanctuary
Nov. 1–15

November 1: Jesus’ story – the Gospel
One story – four gospels: 4 ways of telling the story of who Jesus is and what is means to be his disciple. Returns us to the theme of purpose.

November 8: The Church’s story – Acts & the Epistles
How do we participate in God’s salvation mission? Returns to the question of vocation—how do we live in a way that matters?

November 15: The End of the Story – Revelation
What matters in light of how we know this story ends? Aligning our lives now to the realities of the new heaven and the new earth.

With programming for families, youth, parents, elementary kids, and adults, there's something for everyone on Wednesday Evenings at UPC! Learn more and plan to join us!

 

Saturdays

Truth in The Northwest: Discovering Christ in a Post-Christian Context

Saturday, Nov. 11, 10–11:30am in Calvin
The C.S. Lewis Institute is pleased to invite you to a morning with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Nathan Betts will be sharing on the critical interaction between the Gospel and the secular culture. Contact Martha for more information.

 

Missional Communities

Journey to the Tangible Kingdom

After his resurrection, Jesus "showed up" among his disciples and set before them this mission: "As the Father has sent me, I am now sending you" (John 20:21). The Father sent Jesus: mission accomplished. Jesus sends his church: mission in process. Jesus is sending us, his Church, into the world as an "incarnational community." What does that mean? It means living on mission together—engaging the lives of our neighbors in ways that make God’s Kingdom of love and hope tangible. That's the adventure of following Jesus that we get to live. Becoming an incarnational community is the focus of this new five-episode online curriculum at your own pace, with your small group, big group, or on your own. Intrigued? Join in. Take the Journey... Access the Class

 

UPC Class Media Archives

If you're interested in catching up on a previous class, studying on your own, or leading your group through a class, check out the Previous Class Media.