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Staff contact: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship.

Enneagram stand-alone classes

Enneagram Stand-Alone Classes

Hilliard UMC is a hub for learning about the Enneagram, a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth.

Join us online on Zoom for a series of stand-alone classes – ALL WELCOME, whether you know your Enneagram number or not.

We will learn to see ourselves as we are: reflections of the divine… creatures of habit… children of God… new creations in Christ.

June 18 (NEW DATE): Brief Introduction to the Enneagram / Refresher on the 9 Types

July 31: Conflict Styles

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Midday Bible discussion study lectio divina engaging the Bible

Midday Bible Discussion

First & Third Wednesdays
(skipping April 3)
12-1pm in person
Church office, room 6
Facilitated by Judy Scott & Pastor Jon Osmundson

Join Pastor Jon and others to encounter and discuss scripture with this Engaging the Bible foundational class. Learn a method of praying the scriptures called “lectio divina,” which just means “sacred reading.” It’s about slowing down and reading the same verses several times, listening for God’s word to us today.

Rev Jon Osmundson, Associate Pastor
Associate Pastor Jon Osmundson

No experience or preparation necessary! Just come willing to listen and share if you want to.

We invite contributions in any amount toward the Adult Discipleship ministry at Hilliard UMC. Your generosity helps us continue to offer opportunities such as this, and we’re humbled by and grateful for your donations.

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Centering Prayer Reboot

2nd Mondays
extended through
September 2024
Sanctuary building
Parlor (rm 206, accessible)

Please use the playground door to enter the building rather than the social hall door, so as not to disrupt the AA meeting happening in the social hall 6-7pm.

Ginny Fisher
Ginny Fisher

Ginny Fisher will facilitate a monthly group for Centering Prayer practice. Expect an opening grounding/centering activity, an abbreviated Centering Prayer practice (10-15 minutes), and then some conversation around what you’ve been noticing and experiencing in your practice, what fruits have you seen, what has been going well or not, etc., for 30-40 minutes. She may provide a topic or experience based on previous conversations and questions.

If you’re interested in practicing Centering Prayer in community, whether you have little experience or are a long-time practitioner, this opportunity is for you. You’re welcome to come for just the first part or the entire hour.

Sign up below so we know to expect you, or you’re also welcome to just show up as your schedule allows.

We invite contributions in any amount toward the Adult Discipleship ministry at Hilliard UMC. Your generosity helps us continue to offer opportunities such as this, and we’re humbled by and grateful for your donations.

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Walk to Emmaus, Christian spiritual growth retreat

Walk to Emmaus

A Weekend Spiritual Retreat

The Greater Columbus Walk to Emmaus community hosts weekend spiritual retreats for adults a few times a year at the Church of the Purple Door (Grove City UMC). It’s an inclusive community, so we’re happy to support their work.

If you’ve never taken a spiritual retreat as an adult, we can’t recommend it highly enough!

Several members of the Hilliard UMC community have attended a walk as a pilgrim or served on a leadership team. Any of these folks would be happy to talk with you about this wonderful experience: Max & April Andrick (she’s the HUMC staff contact and serves on the Emmaus leadership team), as well as Virginia Blasingame, Lisa Haney, and Melissa Landon.

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deeper waters innovative courageous leaders

Deeper Waters

Innovative & Courageous Leaders

January – November 2024

The 2024 cohort has been formed, and applications are closed.

But we invite you to keep us in mind for 2025!

It’s an extraordinary time to be a human. With everything we are facing collectively and individually, more than ever, the world needs innovative and courageous leaders who can meet this moment with a

  • Capacity to hold complexity and ambiguity
  • Compassionate, non-anxious presence
  • Commitment to pursuing the most humane and loving path forward

Even if you don’t hold a leadership position in your organization, all of us can be leaders simply because we can influence others in important, life-giving ways!

How do we continue to evolve into the leaders that are needed in this season?

Research consistently points to the critical work leaders must do that is PERSONAL and SPIRITUAL in nature. This includes engaging in practices that increase their awareness and ability to be present to self and others, help them reflect and make meaning, widen their capacity to hold complex thoughts and emotions, and point them toward the greater good. Leaders who are also cultivating self-compassion and love as central values that guide the way they live are the same leaders building healthy, thriving, and innovative organizations that employees and customers want to be connected to.

As leaders ourselves, we’ve experienced the kind of growth, healing, and transformation that can come when we are doing robust personal and spiritual work. We’ve seen what can happen when this kind of transformation happens in communities of people, willing to do this work together.

We want to create that kind of space right here in central Ohio.

Are you ready to dive deeper into this kind of work?

You are invited to apply to be a part of the next cohort of DEEPER WATERS: Innovative and Courageous Leaders.

This cohort will launch in January 2024 for 10 months of collective work.

As we do our work, we will engage and explore

  • An Innovative Leadership Model
  • Resources for cultivating deeper self-awareness, including the Enneagram
  • Tools for understanding and navigating our social location and its implications for social justice work in our organizations
  • Models for nurturing healthy, authentic communities
  • Daily meditative and reflective practices

Engagement in Deeper Waters will include:

  • Monthly in-person teaching sessions on Sunday afternoons at Hilliard UMC
  • Monthly in-person/online small group sessions
  • Two in-person overnight retreats
  • All books and curriculum
  • Online learning platform that includes readings, videos, and podcasts to guide your learning
  • One-to-one session with one of the facilitators

Cost: $1500

This includes your food and expenses for the two retreats, as well as all books, curriculum, and group sessions.

Deeper Waters leadership team, Dan Mushalko, April Blaine, Beth Palmer, Nikki Buskirk
L to R: Dan Mushalko, April Blaine, Beth Palmer, Nikki Buskirk


Rev. April Blaine
Lead Pastor, Hilliard UMC
Adjunct Professor, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Nikki Buskirk
Director of Middle Grades Ministry, Hilliard UMC

Dan Mushalko
Vice President, Innovative Leadership Institute

Beth Palmer
Director of Adult Discipleship, Hilliard UMC


Deeper Waters was everything I didn’t know I needed. What made it a transformative experience for me was witnessing God showing up at various points along the way, often during moments when the group was being vulnerable with one another. It ended up feeling like a journey that goes beyond the curriculum description.” (Mike Boyers)

“As someone who has been privileged enough to be a part of this group for two years, it is hard to articulate the impact it has had on my life and what a great catalyst that it has been. This experience really opened me up. It broadened my perspectives. I was able to grow so much in my self knowledge with the tools that were taught and the conversations that we had. In my adult life, it helped me in getting more comfortable being uncomfortable. I’m coming to acceptance that I don’t control most things, and learning to flow with it. If you’re thinking about doing it, I can wholeheartedly say, take the leap. See where it leads. This experience has been one of the most meaningful in my life and I feel pretty confident saying it probably will be for you too.” (Emily Clark)

“I’m amazed how often I’ve found connections in random, everyday things and can then explore further because of my experience in Deeper Waters: increased self-awareness, connections with community, and deconstruction are just some of them.” (Stephanie Harrell)

“Deeper Waters has made a major difference in my life: self love, spiritual growth, working with others, growing together…” (Louann Liming)

Watch Video Testimonials

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Foundational Classes

We regularly offer foundational classes to help ground your spiritual life and practice. Stay tuned to this page for details and signup links, as each class is offered.

  • Engaging the Bible, an opportunity to learn how to read and understand the Bible, using an ancient prayer practice called lectio divina (“sacred reading”).
  • Prayer & Meditation Boot Camp, for developing a consistent personal prayer practice.
  • Introduction to the Enneagram, a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth.

Complete descriptions are listed HERE.


We don’t want the cost of books or class materials to get in the way of you taking a class, so sign up whether you have class or book money or not. Pay what you can from your heart (any amount welcome), or it’s on us, happily!

And if you’d like to contribute a few extra dollars toward a book or class materials for someone who doesn’t have money this time, we’re honored by your support, thank you! You can always contribute online here, or class facilitators will collect money at class.

Beth Palmer Director of Adult Discipleship

Staff Contact

Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship