Autumn 2017 Adult Church School Options

Adult Education Autumn 2017

Sunday Morning Education Hour has some great offerings for adults to grow, stretch, deepen and ground their faith and practice. Adults of every age and stage are welcome – young adults to senior citizens. Some courses are three or four weeks and some last for several months. We try to address these broad themes:  Bible Study, Big Questions, Equipping the Saints, Life and Nurture, Mission, Spirituality, and The Twenty-First Century.

Classes begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., so come and grab your coffee or tea at the Wake-Up Station, and join a conversation! Classes conclude by 10:25 a.m., so that if you are a person who attends the 10:30 a.m. service, you have enough time to gather for worship.

September Adult Education Options

The Bible in Depth:  Proverbs and on to Ecclesiastes! – facilitated by Doyle Nichols

Continues all year—all are welcome to join in at any time—Clark Parlor

This lively conversational study is reading through the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. All are invited to jump right in! 

Histories and Mysteries of Exodus—led by Bill Burris

September 17 through November 19—Room 252

Who was Joseph? When was the Exodus? What about those plagues? Where is Mount Sinai? This class gives us a look at the historical and archeological record regarding the numerous theories of the when, where, how, and who surrounding this key Hebrew Testament story. Bill will help us explore this important book of the bible in fresh and meaningful ways.

Christianity and Art—led by Morton and Sue Lowcock Harris

September 17 & 24 – Room 258

September 17 – Three Davids – Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini

September 24 – Early Christian Mosaics of Ravenna

N.B.:  Discipleship Hour (11:30 a.m.) on September 24 will be a longer exploration of art and religion from Sue and Morton’s study trip.

Coming in October

Conversations on Race Book Discussion

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29—Room 258

Tears We Cannot Stop:  A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson

Review from Amazon:

In the wake of yet another set of police killings of black men, Michael Eric Dyson wrote a tell-it-straight, no-holds-barred piece for the NYT on Sunday, July 7:  “Death in Black and White” (it was updated within a day to acknowledge the killing of police officers in Dallas). The response has been overwhelming. Beyoncé and Isabel Wilkerson tweeted it; JJ Abrams, among many other prominent people, wrote him a long fan letter. The NYT closed the comments section after 2,500 responses, and Dyson has been on NPR, BBC, and CNN nonstop since then. 

Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, “Nothing.” Dyson believes he was wrong. In Tears We Cannot Stop, he responds to that question. If we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. As Dyson writes, “At birth you are given a pair of binoculars that see black life from a distance, never with the texture of intimacy. Those binoculars are privilege; they are status, regardless of your class. In fact the greatest privilege that exists is for white folk to get stopped by a cop and not end up dead…. The problem is you do not want to know anything different from what you think you know…. You think we have been handed everything because we fought your selfish insistence that the world, all of it – all its resources, all its riches, all its bounty, all its grace – should be yours first and foremost, and if there’s anything left, why then we can have some, but only if we ask politely and behave gratefully.”

In the tradition of The Fire Next Time (Baldwin), short, emotional, literary, powerful, this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations need to hear.

Conversations on Race will meet the second Sunday of each month from 11:45 a.m.—1:00 p.m. in the Parlor.
First meeting will be Sunday, October 8th.

Conversations on Race will host a viewing of 13th at some point this fall. Watch for details in the coming weeks.