Adult education

Opportunities to enrich your mind and deepen your spirit abound at our church!  New participants and non-church members are always welcome.

Upcoming Sunday Adult Classes

Following is the schedule for upcoming Sunday adult education classes.

Resurrection Hope for a Time Such as This

A Lenten journey beginning with the death of Jesus, followed by a close look at all four accounts of his resurrection

Five Sundays in Lent beginning March 5 at 9:45 in the McFarland Chapel (First Floor). Led by Rev. Jim Brown and the class that gathers

In every country and every corner of the globe, including the City of Holy Faith, people with varied religious roots and those who claim no religious beliefs at all are straining to see an outline, a glimmer, of the hope that can sustain the human family through a time such as this. The historian Daniel Boorstin was on a panel at the University of Chicago in the 1970’s discussing the decline of the West. When admonished for not being pessimistic enough, he replied, “We do not know enough about the future to be absolutely pessimistic.” We sure don’t!

Our Good Friday–Easter tradition grounds us in the radical hope that “In life and in death we belong to God.” A thesis we’ll explore in our class is articulated by Christian Wiman in My Bright Abyss, Meditation of a Modern Believer. He sees the life of Christ “as not merely a point in time but as a portal to eternity.” For him, “Christ is not alive now because he rose from the dead two thousand years ago. He rose from the dead two thousand years ago because he is alive right now.” We’ll ponder what this means for us and for the entire created order.

  • March 5—The Death of Jesus and His Resurrection Inextricably Linked, Matthew 26:17-46. The stories of the Last Supper and Jesus with his disciples in Gethsemane.
  • March 12—The New Age Has Begun, Mark 16:1-8. Mark’s account of the resurrection, which is the earliest Easter text we have.
  • March 19—Into All the World. Matthew 28:1-20. A second account of the resurrection.
  • March 26—Jesus Is Alive and At Large, Luke 24:1-53. A third account of the resurrection.
  • April 2—Human Beings Matter, John 20:1–21:25. A fourth account of the resurrection.

The course requirement is that you attend as often as you are able, and that you read and re-read the assignments for each Sunday. You may want to purchase Christian Wiman’s fine book, My Bright Abyss, online or at a local bookstore.

Celebration of Earth Day

April 23, 2017, from 9:45–10:45. More information to come here and in the bulletin.

Defying the Nazis in Vichy France:  The Presbyterian Village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon

May 7, 14, and 21, 2017, from 9:45–10:45, McFarland Chapel (first floor). Led by Paul Jones.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a tiny mountain Huguenot/Presbyterian village 350 miles south of Paris.  In 1990, it became the first community to be honored by Yad Vashem as a recipient of its Righteous Among the Nations initiative to honor gentiles who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews threatened by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Under the leadership of Pastor Andre Trocmé, the villagers of Le Chambon and the surrounding area saved at least a thousand Jews (especially children) in spite of the repeated searches of houses and farms by the French police and German Gestapo.

Fairview Cemetery Presentation and Tour

May 21, 2017, from 9:45–10:45, Pope Hall (first floor). David Mason will give a PowerPoint presentation during the Adult Education hour on the significance of the historical Fairview Cemetery and later a guided tour of the cemetery.

Weekday Classes

Religion and Science Discussion Group

First and third Mondays at 7:00–8:30 p.m. In Rendon Room (first floor)

Join this stimulating  conversation! The group explores books of science and religion and members express wide-ranging opinions. The group is currently discussing Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

Fireside Chats with the Mystics

Tuesdays  from 5:00–6:00 p.m. In Rendon Room (first floor)

“Fireside Chats with the Mystics” resumes on Tuesday January 10th. The wisdom of Catherine of Siena will guide our meditation and conversation as we start the New Year and  resume our weekly Tuesday meetings. Newcomers are always welcome neither  advance preparation nor weekly participation is required. Rev. Linda C. Loving provides leadership when she is available; members of the group pick up leadership when she is not. For more information contact Linda at lclrev@aol.com.

Book Study with the Pastor

Wednesdays  from 12:00–1:00 p.m. In Rendon Room (first floor)

Rev. Dr. Harry Eberts guides conversation on various books. Find rest, renewal, delight in busy lives!  To learn more, contact Harry Eberts.

The Belhar Confession

Wednesdays during Lent, 6:30–7:15 p.m. in Pope Hall (first floor). The Belhar Confession was recently added to our Book of Confessions and is the only document to come from the Southern hemisphere. It was written in response to apartheid in South Africa and addresses themes of unity, reconciliation and justice—issues applicable no matter where one lives. No need to buy a book or read in advance. We will provide the devotional material from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Join us beforehand for the Celtic Evensong service 5:30–6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by a light meal in Pope Hall.

Women’s Bible Study

Third Friday of each month from 1:30–3:00 p.m. In Moore Conference Room (third floor)

Presbyterian Women invites all women to participate in a monthly Bible study September through May. This year’s program is “Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes.”  Each of the study’s nine lessons explores the question “Who is Jesus?” through a particular theological lens. For more information, contact Jean Ball.

Spanish Bible Study

Saturdays from 9:00–10:00 a.m. In Rendon Room (first floor)

Enjoy the blessing and challenge of God’s word in another language.

Special Opportunities

Please watch this section for announcements about retreats, special outside speakers, and community-wide learning opportunities!