Adult Education Opportunities

Adult Education Discussion Series or Bible Studies are regularly scheduled on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am throughout the school year.  These series may be scheduled during the week and on week nights as well.  Members and friends and guests are always welcome.

Typically using recent books or other media as launching points for discussion and prayer, the series cover a wide range of topics from social justice issues to  exercises for spiritual growth.

Please click on Church Library in the LEARN menu to see other book-based discussion opportunities on Sunday afternoons.

 

Sunday Morning Schedule for 2018-2019

  • August 26-October 14           (8 Weeks)      

Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why

by  Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, he contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith.

The traditions he examines are Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Pentecostalism, and Methodism. For each group, Hamilton gives a brief history, outlines major beliefs, and describes some things we can learn from that tradition to strengthen our own Christian faith. (From the Publisher)

 

  • October 21-November 25     (6 weeks)       

Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith 

by Henry Knight and Douglas Powe, Jr.

This “Is the first book to read about the Wesleyan way of evangelism.  Discover the profound and practical process of Wesleyan Evangelism: Love of God and neighbor, relate to others, and talk about your ongoing transformation of your life.”  Kwasi Kena

 

 

  • November 25             

Advent Wreath Making Party following Worship and Lunch

 

  • December 2-23   (4 weeks)       

Light of Lights: Devotions and Study for Advent

This Advent book invites readers to commit to the practice of daily prayer. The collection of meditations from The Upper Room daily devotional guide is arranged to coordinate with the themes of the four candles on an Advent wreath: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace.  Meditations are included for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the Sunday after Christmas.  (From the Publisher)

 

  • January 6-March 3  (10 Weeks)       

The Power of a Parable by John Dominic Crossan

The world’s foremost Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan shows us how the parables present throughout the New Testament not only reveal what Jesus wanted to teach but also provide the key for explaining how the Gospels’ writers sought to explain the Prophet of Nazareth to the world. In this meaningful exploration of the metaphorical stories told by Jesus and the Gospel writers, Crossan combines the biblical expertise of his The Greatest Prayer with a historical and social analysis that harkens closely to his Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, creating an illuminating and nuanced exploration of the Scripture that fans of Marcus Borg and Bart Ehrman will find fascinating and essential.  (From Google Books)

 

  • March 10-April 14     (6 weeks)       

A Study for Lent: Five Means of Grace by Elaine Heath 

This study guides readers through the five means of grace that John Wesley called “instituted,” meaning these are spiritual practices in which Jesus himself participated and which he encouraged his followers to do. One of the beautiful aspects of Wesley’s theology is that spiritual practices are seamlessly integrated with practices of loving our neighbors well. This is why Wesley said there is no holiness but social holiness. A life of genuine prayer inevitably leads to a life of hospitality, mercy, and justice.  (From the Publisher)

 

April 21  ~ Easter Break   

                         

  • April 28-May 19  (4 weeks)       

Raising White Kids:  Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

by Jennifer Harvey

With a foreword by Tim Wise, Raising White Kids is for families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions…While a great deal of public discussion exists in regard to the impact of race and racism on children of color, meaningful dialogue about and resources for understanding the impact of race on white children are woefully absent. Raising White Kids steps into that void.  (From the Publisher)