Adult Sunday School Lent 2023

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.

Defining Your Spiritual Identity

February 26 through March 26

Led by Bruce Johnson

“God works through the ordinary: people, objects, things we bump up against moment by moment. The question for us is: Are we open to God’s presence in our lives?”  These words are from a Lenten devotional book by Jill Duffield called Lent in Plain Sight. We used this book in Adult Education last year and we’ll draw upon it again this year to help us explore our personal faith and write our own spiritual autobiographies. Using a process developed by author Richard Gilbert in his book Building Your Own Theology, we’ll construct our written account of our spiritual autobiographies from our earliest memories to where we are now. Along the way, we’ll listen for God speaking to us through ordinary objects in our lives and in scripture, and use Christian meditation practices like Centering Prayer, the exercises of Loyola, Quaker listening, and silence itself to deepen our Lenten experience on the road with Jesus to Easter and the Resurrection.  

Week 1  — Shoes as found in scripture and their significance for us as Christians, walking with Jesus.  
We begin the process of constructing our own written Spiritual Autobiography.

Week 2  — Oil in scripture and as part of our Lenten journey.
Continue constructing and sharing our Spiritual Autobiographies.

Week 3  — Coats in scripture and as part of our understanding of Christ’s message.
Continue constructing and sharing our Spiritual Autobiographies.

Week 4 — Cross as a defining symbol for all Christian traditions.  Its meaning for us today.
Continue constructing and sharing our Spiritual Autobiographies.

Week 5  — Stones  symbol for the defining moment of Easter.
Final sharing of our greatest insights from working on our Spiritual Autobiographies.

The Bible in Depth: The Prophets

Facilitated by Doyle Nichols

This lively conversational study, which meets every Sunday, is reading through the literature of the Old Testament. All are invited to jump right in!