Adult education

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

Sunday Classes
ACTS II: Becoming the New Apostles

A new adult education initiative began this Fall on Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in Pope Hall (first floor). ACTS II is our sequel to the Book of Acts in the New Testament.  It is our story today as we seek to follow Jesus Christ in a confusing, demanding, often hostile world. Believing that training is essential, we are embarking on a journey, similar in many ways to a lay seminary, which will lead us to understand our role as new apostles, literally “sent ones,” through learning scripture and study of the early church, our Reformation heritage, and spiritual formation. To help the class planners, we are asking persons interested in participating to register for these classes. Just send an email to office@fpcsantafe.org giving the names of those you wish to register.

When the Church Was Young: Coping and Surviving in an Age of Empire

September 17-October 15, 2017—This class was the first in our ACTS II series. Although this class has now concluded, interested parties are encouraged to ask for the handouts, to read the book of Acts, and to read the book that was a resource for this class. The resource book is free and can be found on-line at https://earlyjesusmovement.com/index/book-two-the-the-early-jesus-movement-and-its-congregations-their-cities-conflicts-and-triumphs/. For more information, contact Pastor Harry Eberts

The Sound of Pounding

October 22-November 19, 2017 from 9:45–10:45  a.m. in the Chapel (first floor). Led by Ray Kersting.

Five hundred years ago late in October, a young monk, Martin Luther, took a nail and hammer and nailed a list of 95 theses (topics for debate) on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.

The nail pierced the wooden door, but the action also pierced the hearts and souls of people who in turn transformed the Christian Church and society. The result of that nail pounding has ricocheted through five centuries, enlivening the Church and setting a cultural tone in society that continues today around the world.

In this six week series, we will take a look at that event and the resulting religious streams that constitute the Protestant Reformation—and the significance of this then and now.

  • October 22: Fertile Ground.  The Enlightenment and other intellectual currents provided fertile ground for what became the Protestant Reformation.
  • October 29: It All Began with a Nail.  Martin Luther was concerned about certain practices in the Church and he wanted a discussion about them. The ultimate result was the Protestant Reformation.
  • November 5: Who’s on Second. In Switzerland John Calvin shared and adapted Martin Luther’s insights and began a second reformation that became known as the Reformed Tradition of which we are a part.
  • November 12:  A Third Way.  While the Lutheran and Reformed traditions were the major Reformation movements, third ways emerged – the Anabaptist and Anglican traditions.
  • November 19: Theology Matters – And It Divides.  Theological insights took twists and turns and resulted in divisiveness. These dividing issues played a key role in the development of the Protestant  Reformation.
  • November 26:  So What? Protestant theological understandings provide a vision for Christian life in the church.

Spiritual Formation: Finding God in Our Lives

January 7-February 11, 2018, from 9:45–10:45  a.m. Led by Jeannie Bowman and Christine Vogel.

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 Reverence by Paul Woodruff.

Fireside Chats with the Mystics

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

Now in its third year, “Fireside Chats with The Mystics” continues to be a group which welcomes newcomers—whether one time visitors or new weekly participants! The meetings are designed so that each session stands alone, with no need for preparation nor prior knowledge nor book purchase. Join us on Tuesday evenings. In upcoming weeks we will let the wisdom of Santa Fe’s patron saint shape our time together, using a book called “Praying with Saint Francis.” Our time is spent in meditation, conversation and holy friendship. While weekly meetings are the usual schedule, because of holidays we will not meet on November 21, December 19, December 26, January 2. Rev. Linda Loving in the informal convener of  the group and shares leadership with other group members; contact her for more information:  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.

Women’s Bible Study

Third Friday of each month from 1:30–3:00 p.m. in the Volunteer Room (third floor)

Presbyterian Women invites all women to participate in a monthly Bible study September through May. The 2017-2018 study is entitled “Clouds of Witness: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.” It looks at nine themes in the writings to the Hebrews, a community under great duress. The author relates the themes to other parts of our faith tradition and the overarching motif of community. 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!