Adult Education

Adult Education

We believe an active and inquiring mind is an essential part of faith development, and that it is our God-given nature to ask questions and critically examine the world around us in all its mystery and complexity. We seek to encourage study, discussion and exploration as a part of our regular religious practice.

As a community rich in teachers and seekers, we explore various bodies of knowledge, traditions, and subjects with a focus on the teachings of Jesus and how we can live those teachings.

Upcoming and Recurring Events


Ladder to the Light – Starts Tues., May 24. In this 8-week session, Susan Alloway facilitates this contemplative discussions of the book “Ladder to the Light” by Steven Charleston. See details >>


Lunch and Learn will be back on Tuesday’s from 11:00 to 12:30. Each week we view videos of interest with time for discussion afterward. This fall we will be exploring the thoughts of a series of speakers who gathered last spring at an event called The Nature Summit which explored our deep connection with the sacredness of the Earth. We will begin September 14 with Dr. Daniel Seigel of the UCLA School of Medicine with a talk entitled Mind, Body, and Brain: How Nature Connects with Us. All are welcome to join at any time. Contact Jeanne Hoadley ( for the zoom link.


Brown Bag Poetry meets the second Monday of each month. See: Brown Bag Poetry Details for current information.



Evolving Congregations

Working ecumenically with three other local churches, we bring a well-known writer or theologian to Ashland for a weekend of learning every other year. Past guests include: Nadia Bolz-Weber (2019), John Phillip Newell (2017), Diana Butler Bass (2015), and Marcus Borg (2013).