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The University Park Academy of UPUMC


Fall 2021 Term

September 2 through November 18

Thursdays | 11:00 am | Livestream 

Thursdays | 8:00pm | Video and moderator led discussion

$30 per 3-month term  

Event details:

  • Each 11:00am session is offered LIVE via Zoom
  • Approximately 40 minutes will be presented as lecture, followed by 15-20 minutes of interactive dialogue.
  • Recorded lectures will be offered again on Thursday evenings at 8pm immediately followed by an opportunity for group interaction moderated by a member of the UP Academy leadership.
  • Enrollment entitles you to all live and recorded programs for all three months of session.
  • Tuition is used to provide honoraria to our speakers for their generous gift of time.

For questions please email


The Brave New World of Journalism

Featured speaker Mary Jacobs, Journalist & Free-Lance Writer, will present her insights on The Brave New World of Journalism. Topics include News, Fake News, and Nonsense, One Day J-School, The Vanishing Fourth Estate, and Becoming Your Own Editor.

On the FIFTH Thursday, Sept 30, we are offering a bonus session called Reading FUNdamentals for Young Minds.  A panel of children’s librarians, teachers, and featuring Rev. Victoria Robb Powers, will make recommendations for parents and grandparents looking for quality titles for their kids’ libraries. Get a head start on your Christmas lists!



Epidemics, Pandemics & the Stock Market

Financial Advisor Bryan Daniel will share his wisdom about the economic environment and its impact on personal finances in our times.  He will lead in on October 5 with “Epidemics, Pandemics and the Stock Market.” 



Thanks-Giving Square: A spiritual place rooted in gratitude

November brings a panel of speakers from Thanks-Giving Square and the Interfaith Council, discussing the history and vision of this Spiritual Haven Rooted in Gratitude.

Week 1:  Recover:  Old Values in New Realities:  From Dark to Dawn  [History of Thanksgiving Square, up to 2014]

Week 2:  Restore:  Reach Out to Reach In:  Greater Depth in Common Faith  [Faith Forward, Faith in Conversations, Building Community, 2014-2021]

Week 3:  Renew:  Find Friends You Might Have Missed:  Shared Gratitude  [Future Plans - 2021 and Beyond]



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