Enneagram

Enneagram

The Enneagram is 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 lessen our suffering and set us free to be who God created us to be. This self-awareness can make day-to-day life and relationships a LOT less frustrating!

We offer a variety of classes on the Enneagram. 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.


Introduction to the Enneagram

3 Thursday evenings on Zoom

A broad overview for those new to the Enneagram who don’t know their type yet. We’ll explore the 9 types, including each type’s core motivation or desire, their primary emotional driving force, and how to develop the practice of observing yourself without judgment.

  • 3 Thursdays starting January 20, 6:30-8pm, on Zoom.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer (staff) & Lora McConnell. Beth is a certified Applied Enneagram Professional with the Enneagram Institute of Ohio and the Director of Adult Discipleship at Hilliard UMC. Lora has taken several Enneagram training classes and is a skilled facilitator and teacher.
  • Class meets online on Zoom – sign up and we’ll send you the Zoom link. (Please make sure your screen name is recognizable so we know to let you in from the waiting room.) Feel free to invite friends and family, whether they’re in Columbus or not – all welcome, whether connected to Hilliard UMC or not!
  • Cost: Please consider a voluntary $25 contribution to support the teaching ministry at Hilliard UMC. Pay what you can from the heart; contributions of any amount welcome. We don’t want the cost of a class to prevent your participation, so please sign up whether you have money this time or not; it’s on us, happily! And if you have a few extra dollars to contribute toward someone else’s participation, we’d be honored by your support. Please mark all contributions for “Enneagram class” (if you give online, use the Operating Fund line and put “Enneagram class” in the memo field).

New to the Enneagram?
Not sure of your Number yet?

One-on-one Typing Conversations

We offer one-on-one typing conversations. Contact Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship, to schedule with any member of the teaching team. Suggested donation $50-$100 (pay what you can).

The Enneagram typing session with Beth Palmer was extremely beneficial to my Enneagram journey, and I would highly recommend Beth as a facilitator to anyone who is looking to learn more about the Enneagram.

Bethani A., Spring 2021

Resources for Beginners

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-$35 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):


About the Enneagram Teaching Team

Julie Johnson, Aimee Lotz, Lora McConnell, and Beth Palmer have all taken many training classes with various experts on the Enneagram, including Russ Hudson, Bea Chestnut, Belinda Gore, Lisa Bueche, Connie Frecker, and the International Enneagram Association. Beth Palmer, M.Div., Director of Adult Discipleship for Hilliard UMC, is certified as an Applied Professional through the Enneagram Institute of Ohio (including 56 hours of coursework), and Aimee and Julie have almost completed the certification requirements.

enneagram teaching team beth palmer julie johnson lora mcconnell aimee lotz

Want to help support this teaching ministry with a contribution to the church? You can give from your phone using our GivePlus+ app or online through our website (click or tap for online giving, use the Operating Fund line, and put “Enneagram class” in the memo line). We also never want the cost of a book or class to keep you from participating, so please sign up whether you can contribute financially or not! Pay what you can, if you can, and otherwise it’s on us, happily! And if you’d like to pay it forward and contribute a few extra dollars toward someone else’s class or book, we receive all contributions with gratitude. Thank you!

Staff Contact

Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship
bpalmer@hilliardumc.org
614.876.2403 (church office)