Starting June 9th:

Bible in 90 Days:

We will read the Bible cover to cover from June to August. This intergenerational class will have a rotation of facilitators who are University UMC clergy and Duke Divinity professors. Meets in the Chapel.

Contact: Rev. Tobi Nguyen (

Faith Conversations:

Led by rotating members of this adult class, Faith Conversations will continue Bart Erhman’s video series on the New Testament. We invite all those who are interested in participating in thoughtful conversations to join us in Room 206.

Contact: Michele Gipson (

Family Feud:

Led by the youth ministry, this Sunday School class is for kids of all ages and their parents. Each week will begin with a game-show-style competition between two families on particular topics from the Bible. The competition will be followed by a simple brunch and table-top conversation that will help you better connect with God and your University UMC community. Whether you can only come once or every week, everyone is welcome to participate and we especially encourage youth families to join us. Meets in Hyde Hall.

Contact: Rev. Charlie Baber (

Sunday School classes at University UMC provide a great opportunity to grow in faith and fellowship, and to get to know others in the church. Classes are offered at 9:50 a.m. throughout the school year. Newcomers are always welcome at any of the classes. 

Sunday School classes for children of all ages offer a safe and fun environment to learn about God’s love. Sunday School classes are held from September through May at 9:50 a.m. and taught by parent volunteers. Below is a listing of children’s Sunday School classes offered at University UMC. 

Nursery: Room 102
2-year-olds: Room 108
3-year-olds: Room 106
4-year-olds: Room 107
5-year-olds: Room 105

1st grade: Room 202
2nd grade: Room 203
3rd grade: Room 201
4th grade: Room 204
5th grade: Room 205

Confirmation: Youth Lounge
Middle School: Basement 3
High School: Hyde Hall, Cafe

Sunday School for Adults

Christian ParentingRoom 208

936 weeks! That is approximately the time you have from the moment your child is born until he or she graduates from high school. Time goes by fast. Kids change and grow quickly. We know you want to make the most of each phase of your child’s life. 
  • Discover what is changing about your child over the next 52 weeks. 
  • Learn to make the most of each developmental phase.  
  • What are the 6 things your child needs the most?
  • What are the four conversations you will want to have with your child starting today?
Join the Christian Parenting Sunday School Class for Parenting Through the Phases by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy. Contact: Jim & Judy Wilson (919-933-1646).

Christianity and LiteratureThe Chapel

Creative artists rekindle the human instinct of awe at the universe, help us look at our world and ourselves in new ways, illuminate and deepen our Christian understandings.

“In the beginning was the Word,” the Gospel of John declares.  And so in this class we continue to read, re-read, and discuss the words from many of the acclaimed fiction writers of our time.  Much of the fall 2019 semester will still have us studying God: Stories, ed. C. Michael Curtis.  Eight stories remain for our attention.

Music and the visual arts have regularly enhanced our class time.  In 2019-20, we anticipate increasing our emphasis on these arts.  Brent Wissick and Steve Squires, both trained musicians, will direct this effort.  But words also will never be far away from what they do.  The glories of creation—we will feel it.

All are welcome to the class, led by retired UNC English professor Joe Flora (919-942-4902).

Faith ConversationsRoom 206

Led by rotating members of the class, Faith Conversations reads and discusses a wide range of material on faith, society and life.  We invite all those who are interested in participating in thoughtful conversations to join us. Contacts: Michele Gipson or Manuel Wortman.

Faith Meets Life: Hyde Hall, Incubator Room

This class seeks to connect Christian belief and daily life through engaging discussions, study and fun. We will be studying a couple series by Adam Hamilton this fall. The first series is entitled “Creed: What Christians Believe and Why.” In this book, Hamilton presents important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters. The second series is entitled “Moses: In the Footsteps of a Reluctant Prophet.” On the first Sunday of each month, we will discuss the intersection of faith and daily life in our lessons called “Faith Meets Life in the News.” This class is led by Jim Booterbaugh and Johnny Carson. Join us for a time to challenge your faith and enjoy fellowship. Contact: Jim Booterbaugh (919-815-1456).

Hearts and Hands: Basement 5

This intergenerational group of women focuses each Sunday on how to love God and love neighbors through the study of spiritual practices and theological reflection on living a Christian life. In the fall, this class will be reading Grateful by Diana Butler Bass. New participants are welcome. Contact: Mary Ann Kimball (919-929-2948).

NavigateConference Room

Navigate is the newest class at University UMC. It is a Bible study companion for adults who care for children. Each week Pastor Tobi will lead the group through the same texts that children are learning in their Sunday School classrooms. If you care for a child, ages preschool through middle school, then you will learn alongside your children as we explore the BIble together. Like our children’s Sunday School classes, each week’s lesson can stand alone. Please come when you are able. You will receive material that will provide points for discussion and questions to ponder with your child throughout the week. Included are suggested activities to do at home and recommended stories to read. Our hope is that you will feel empowered to discuss faith with your children. Contact: Pastor Tobi (919-929-7191).

The Omega ProjectHyde Hall, University Room

Over the course of a year this class focuses on in depth Bible study in historical context and present day application. This year, which is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we will begin with a historical study of the Reformation. Taught by Reverend Dr. J. Christian Wilson, an ordained retired United Methodist minister and long time university professor, whose Ph.D. is in Biblical Studies. Contact: Dr. Wilson (919-932-011).

RoundTable: Hyde Hall, Seminar Room

This class welcomes all who are interested in exploring how to be a Christian in modern society and the application of faith in their daily lives. Lively class participation is encouraged while engaging in small group studies that are a mix of life application, Biblical scripture, and history. We value developing relationships during class by choosing thought-provoking videos, and outside of class by meeting for monthly dinners and social & mission activities. Contact: Janice DeSpirito.

Spark: Hyde Hall, Chairman’s Room

Spark is a inclusive, class-led, gathering of University UMC community members welcoming those interested in picking up a (short) book and joining each Sunday, or whenever schedules permit. The class will begin this fall with NT Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion and its call to take up the mission of bringing hope into the world. Contacts: Justin and Leah Travis.

Spiritual Growth: Prayer Room

This class practices sacred reading (lectio divina) of the four lectionary Bible readings for each upcoming Sunday. Participants have found that individual reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation of the lectionary readings during the week makes for meaningful discussion during class on Sunday. In addition, it fosters a daily prayer discipline, prepares individuals for the Sunday sermon and helps the class grow spiritually. Contact: Don Schoene (919-533-6091).

Young Adults: Panera Bread (213 W. Franklin Street)

Meet Sundays from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. for fellowship, then walk to church for the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Additionally, the Young Adult LIFE group meets for Bible study on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Parlor. For up to date information, check out the University UMC Chapel Hill Young Adults Facebook page. Contact: Holly Sims.