Adult Bible Study Class
This diverse class uses The Present Word. Through the exploration of biblical text, adult study groups are invited into a deepened relationship with God. The Present Word engages participants in an experiential style of learning—connecting faith and life. The Present Word nurtures individual growth of the participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit and Christian hope. Discussion and activities encourage participants to live out their faith in their individual and congregational activities.. The lessons are ordered so that all the books of the Bible will be covered by the lessons in five years. The class has a discussion format and everyone is invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Room A.
This summer we will study how to live in Covenant with God. A covenant is a pact, an agreement, or a contract. From the faith perspective, the basic understanding of a covenant is that it is a relationship. We believe that God has chosen to come to us and enter into a relationship with us. We see this in the covenant that God makes with Abraham and Sarah and their descendants. We see the covenant reconfirmed as the people of Israel enter the Promised Land after God frees them from slavery in Egypt. We see the covenant expanded through Jesus Christ to include the church and, through the church, the world.
The name of this class is derived from the idea that we endeav
or to strengthen our faith during our Sunday morning class in order to connect it to the remainder of the week. The class explores a wide range of topics which are biblical-based, incorporating a variety of books, DVDs, and tapes which are selected by the class. The format of this class is facilitated discussion, and members who wish, volunteer to lead the class for one or two consecutive Sundays. This interesting format allows for diverse teaching styles and introspection to the lesson. Class members bring a variety of experience from their own faith journey. Join us in the Parlor on Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
This summer the class will be studying Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor: In this book the author contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with
people of other traditions-even those whose truths are quite different from hers. The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God-a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.
Meets Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the library.
We hope you can join us at the new “Topics Class” taught by Jenny Trussell. Bring your favorite caffeinated beverage, and drop-in to join a lively discussion about a different faith-based topic each week. No advance reading required – and feel free to arrive late, leave early, or simply attend as you are able. Contact Jenny Trussell for additional details.