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

What is God up to? Told through Christ’s early followers, the Book of Acts is the story of how to
find your way in a messy, complicated world. It’s our story, too, in Acts II as we navigate today’s challenges
and seek to become new apostles of Jesus.

Fall 2018 Acts II Classes
Gospel Values in Challenging Times

This fall, with God’s help, we seek to find our way forward in a messy and increasingly complicated world. The chapters from Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a time of Empire, a book by Rick Ufford‐Chase, former moderator of the PC(USA), will guide our discussions as we welcome various presenters from the community and congregation.

Classes will be held in Pope Hall on Sundays, 9:45‐10:45 a.m. (except for November 4 in the Chapel)

  • September 16, Faithful Resistance in the Local Church.
  • September 23, The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. the Rev. Al Staggs, pastor, author, professional actor. One‐man show on Bonhoeffer at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary.
  • September 30, When the Church Is Young. Luke Rembold, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator, Presbytery of Santa Fe, and four current Young Adult Volunteers. “Theological Education as an Act of Subversion” (Chapter 7)
  • October 7, Race and Class. Carmichael Dominguez, former city councilman on Santa Fe’s south side. “Dismantling White Supremacy” (Chapter 2)
  • October 14, The Gospel in Other Lands. Bernie and Farsijana Adeney-risacotta, Mission Co‐Workers in Indonesia.
  • October 21, Reimagining Ecological Theology. The Rev. Andrew Black, Parish Associate and Public Lands Field Director, National Wildlife Federation, “Reimagining Ecological Theology” (Chapter 3)
  • October 28, Guns to Gardens, Swords into Plowshares. Miranda Viscoli and Pastor Harry Eberts, co‐presidents, New Mexicans to
    Prevent Gun Violence. “Learning Non‐Violence in a Multifaith World” (Chapter 4)
  • November 4, Welcome is More than a Statement. (Chapel) Guest speaker from the LGBTQ community. “Resisting the Seduction of Silence” (Chapter 5)
  • November 11, To Embody the Daring Life of Jesus. Panel Discussion. “The Local Congregation as the Locus of Resistance” (Chapter 6)
  • November 18, Mission as a Move to the Margins. Mission and Social Justice Committee. “Mission as a Move to the Margins” (Chapter 8)
  • November 25, Sing-along
  • December 2, Alternative Gift Market (no class)
  • December 9, Together We Can Still Transform the World. Pastor Harry Eberts and Church Leaders. “Institutional Church as an Expression of Solidarity” (Chapter 9)
  • December 16, A New Way Forward. Pastor Harry Eberts and Church Leaders. “Dismantling the Corporate Church as a Step Toward Liberation” (Chapter 10)

Copies of Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire are available in the church office for $10.

January 2019 Acts II Classes
Connecting the Dots: The Church’s Liturgy & the Christian Life

Ever wonder what difference it makes WHY we worship the WAY we do? There are a lot of connections between the way the church conducts its worship and the way Christians are called to live daily in the world. We’ll look at some of those over three weeks in January. The pattern for the class will be part presentation and part discussion. Classes are lead by Marney Wasserman and are held in Pope Hall from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 am Sundays.

  • January 6—The Pattern of Gratitude Responding to Grace. So often in life we get grace and gratitude backwardsthinking we need to earn God’s gifts.  The church’s liturgy is steady weekly practice in getting the pattern right: grace comes first, unearned and undeserved; a life of gratitude follows. We’ll look at how the order of our worship helps us live this core spiritual truth.
  • January 13—The Word Over Time: Hearing God Speak to Us. The way God spoke to Moses just doesn’t happen anymore, right? And yet Sunday by Sunday, as the Scriptures are read and preached, God speaks to us. Worship is not just instruction ABOUT God; it is encounter WITH God, in community. We’ll explore the patterns of reading God’s Word over time, in the liturgical year and the lectionary, and consider how we learn to listen for God’s voice in our own lives and world.
  • January 20—Prayers that Take us from the Word to the World. In worship, who do you pray for when you light candles? What happens in you as the congregation gives voice to their concerns in the Prayers of the People? Just as “Word and Sacrament” is the distinctive calling of ministers, so do the intercessions belong uniquely to the people of God. We’ll explore the connections between prayer and action, and between the church’s prayers and a life of prayer.

Acts II is an adult education ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe and designed as a lay seminary to train and equip members to be faithful in the midst of these challenging times.Weekday Classes

Fireside Chats with the Mystics

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

Fireside Chats with the Mystics resumes this fall on September 25, 2018, and the wisdom of Elizabeth Seton will guide our time of meditation and spiritual growth. Mother Seton was the first saint to “grow from the soil of the U.S.”—wife, widow, mother of five, founder of a new community of religious women. We gather every Tuesday 5-6 p.m. in the Rendon Room and newcomers are always most welcome! No book nor preparation needed—just come with an eagerness to connect with the Holy through soulful conversation, silence, and reflections on selected passages from the mystics who have preceded us on the journey. This group has been gathering for three years now! Some come weekly, some more occasionally. Each gathering can “stand on its own.” For more information or to get the code for entering the building, contact group convener Linda Loving at lclrev@aol.com.

Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study

FPC’s Presbyterian Women’s Circle meets at the church at 10:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month from October through May.

For more information, see our Women’s Program page or 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!