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

Our first Acts II series (September 17-October 15, 2017) looked at the early church and how it handled problems similar to those in today’s society. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Pastor Harry Eberts for class materials. 

The Sound of Pounding

The second series of Acts II (October 22-November 19, 2017) dealt with the Protest Reformation, and its significance then and now. For more information and class materials, contact Pastor Harry Eberts

A Journey In Love:  The Subversive and Creative Way of the Hebrew Prophets

The third offering of Acts II (December 10 & 17, 2017) looked at the Hebrew prophets to learn a radically “different way of thinking” that would lead to a more inclusive and socially responsible future. For more information, contact Pastor Harry Eberts.

Spiritual Practices for Everyone

January 7-February 11, 2018, from 9:45–10:45  a.m. Spiritual Directors Jeannie Bowman and Rev. Dr. Christine Vogel.

Our next series of our continuing Acts II classes will look at a variety of practices, including a Privilege Walk, Prayer and Contemplation; the sacred work of being human; journaling;  and spiritual direction.

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 the 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.

Presbyterian 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 the Volunteer Room (third 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!