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.
October Adult Education Options
The Bible in Depth: Isaiah – 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 literature of the Old Testament. All are invited to jump right in!
Young Adult Games & Conversation – facilitated by Ann & Brian
Continues all year – Room 205
Out of high school and no idea what to do? Home on break? First job and lots of questions? Come join other post-high-school, college, & post-college young adults for a time of fellowship, conversation, and board games as we navigate the perils of being an adult!
Histories and Mysteries of Jesus and His Times—led by Bill Burris
through November 18 – Room 252
A delving into depths of the past to examine the historical time of Jesus and how a Messiah might have fit in. A review of the history, geography, archaeology and yes, even the geology of the 1st century Holy Land.
- More Geography of Jesus: Go left at the Mount Zion. You can’t miss it.
Or maybe you can?
- Fighting for a Jewish Homeland and Identity:
Has anything really changed since the 1st century?
- Sects and Scribes and Saccarai: Exactly who were those Pharisee guys?
- Terrorism in Jerusalem: Again we ask: Has anything really changed since the 1st century?
- Herod’s Keynesian economics: Where did these Rebels come from?
- Jesus and the old ways: I want Moses to be my lawyer.
- Jesus is the word! Who is this and why is he writing the Gospels?
BOOK DISCUSSION – Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong, by Paul Chaat Smith—led by Genevieve and Sequoyah Simermeyer
through October 14—Room 258
This class will focus on the book Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong. It will consider the book’s commentary on perceptions about identity and American Indian culture today. Through facilitated group discussions, this class will build on the book’s insights in order to prompt a discussion on how the Christian values of faith, hope, and love might influence the status quo in our society today.
Everyone is invited to read the book as a way to gain an awareness of contemporary issues and insight into the basis for commonplace misconceptions about Native people. Consider joining the discussion to reflect on the book, and on how Christian beliefs can positively influence views about Native people and create opportunities to better understand one another.
CONVERSATIONS ON RACE BOOK DISCUSSION – We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nahesi Coates
—facilitated by Paula Seabright and Erin Reid
October 21 through November 18 — Room 258
From Goodreads: “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”
But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period–and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.