Education

education_adult_tree growHinsdale UMC offers three adult education groups that meet on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., through Sunday, May 27, 2018. Below you will find a brief description of each group. Current and future offerings will be posted throughout the year, so please stay tuned!

There is a place for children of all ages while their parents participate in adult education classes. The Nursery is available to infants through age three, and children and youth meet for Sunday School and Confirmation Class. The Youth Room (complete with ping pong table, miniature basketball hoop, and foosball table) is open to all high school students.

Sunday Morning Opportunities


All New Adult Sunday School Classes Begin Sunday, April 8!

Our Adult Sunday School Classes will combine in April for these special speakers.

“The Four Wise Men of April”

April 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Lennox Iton will present on the topic “What Are Those Methodists Up to Now?”  In the past year, the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church has undertaken a substantial organizational restructuring. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church worldwide is struggling to formulate a policy on human sexuality, an issue that continues to roil and divide the denomination. The current status of these developments will be reviewed.

April 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Rev. Martin Deppe (Pastor of HUMC, 1984-1990) will present an overview of his recently published book, “Operation Breadbasket, An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966-1971”.

Previously he preached at HUMC on Dr. King’s birthday week-end, January 14, 2007, on “A King for all seasons! Some personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

On this occasion, Rev. Deppe will present an overview of his recently published book, “Operation Breadbasket, An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966-1971.”  While pastoring the Gresham Methodist Church on Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s, Martin was asked by Bishop Thomas Pryor to represent the Bishop at a meeting of pastors and denominational leaders, during the first days of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The Bishop received a written invitation from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That meeting became the birth meeting of Operation Breadbasket, an arm of the church, using the power of the pulpit and the stewardship/consumer dollars of the parishioners to secure a fairer share of jobs for African Americans in the city of Chicago. It became a successful economic empowerment program and led to Rev. Jesse Jackson’s ascendancy as a major civil rights leader who later ran for President of the United States in 1984 and 1988. As an active participant in Breadbasket, Rev. Deppe is able to tell this story from the inside and bring to light a neglected legacy of Dr. King. The book is on the shelves of all 75 branch libraries in the city, fulfilling a primary goal of the author. Rev. Deppe looks forward to seeing former parishioners and colleagues from his years at HUMC. Retired now since 1999, Martin and his wife, Peg, live in Chicago’s north side Ravenswood Manor neighborhood.

Learn more about Rev. Deppe’s book here

April 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Dr. HD Mitchell will lead a class titled “Body Language to Enrich Worship and Prayer”. Kneeling, Bowing, Folding Hands, Lifting Arms. What do you do to engage the body as well as the heart and mind in worship? We’ll look at this question and try on some liturgical movements for size to see how they fit.

April 29 at 9:30 a.m.
Mr. Lowell Beck will speak on his book, “Finding My Niche,” focusing on his contribution to the 25th Amendment of the Constitution of the USA as a Christian Citizen.

May 6, 13, and 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Mr. Hector Varela will lead a class about “Liquid Church” by Pete Ward. The book is written by a theologian for the everyday worshipper and academic alike. We will spend the first day giving an introduction to the subject matter (ecclesiology) and Ward’s specialty (practical theology), and then delve deeper the second and third meetings. There are several copies (new and used) at Amazon for those who would like to read the book before the first class. Handouts for people to use and keep will be available in class as well. Everyone is welcome to join the class.

From Amazon: “The church must be like water–flexible, fluid, changeable. This book is a vision for how the church can embrace the liquid nature of culture rather than just scrambling to keep afloat while sailing over it. Ward urges us to move away from the traditional understanding of church as a gathering of people meeting in one place at one time to a dynamic notion of church as a series of relationships and communications. In the Liquid Church, membership is determined by participation and involvement. Liquid Church is continually on the move, flowing in response to the Spirit and the gospel of Jesus, the imagination and creativity of its leaders, and the choices and experiences of its worshippers.”

Weekday Education Opportunities

“Book of Acts” Bible Study (Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.)

We invite to join the Wednesday Bible Study on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. with the study of the Book of Acts. Acts is usually characterized as primarily a history of the formation of the church and the acts of the Apostles. During the Fall semester, we learned many details about the lives of the Disciples.

Typically, little more than the names of the Disciples are remembered. The Wednesday Bible study class learned about the families, the vocations, and the martyrdom of the Disciples, as well as the symbols with which they are associated and the areas in which they established communities of faith following the resurrection of Jesus. The study of Acts will provide additional details regarding the experiences of the Disciples and the emergence of Paul as a key leader in the spread of the Gospel.

While you are probably familiar with many people who will make New Years’ resolutions that will soon be forgotten and will make little impact upon their spiritual growth, we are inviting you to join us for an enriching experience of learning more about the Biblical narrative in the book of Acts. You will also become better acquainted with other members of the congregation and the community. Each week, we learn, laugh, love, and grow. We are hoping to see you. For more information, contact Rev. McCoy or any of the class participants.

Click here for a class syllabus and session descriptions