We have three lively adult Sunday School classes that meet on Sunday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join us for enriching conversation, while enjoying some coffee or tea and an assortment of light breakfast items.
The Contemporary Theology Class reads and discusses current books by contemporary theologians, spiritual writers, commentators. They are currently reading Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass. They have read and discussed: Brian D. McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, Francis Supfford’s Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Still Makes Emotional Sense, Elaine Pagel’s The Gnostic Gospels and Bishop John Spong’s The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love. They have also read books by John Robinson and Marcus Borg. They generally try to cover a chapter a week.
The Fellowship Class studies the Bible with the aid of a Presbyterian Bible Study curriculum entitled “The Present Word.” This is a lectionary based study that follows the Common Lectionary. The Present Word, Spring 2014 Study is entitled “Jesus’ Fulfillment of Scripture.” The spring quarter of The Present Word explores connections between Jesus and the Hebrew Scriptures. Each of the three units—“Jesus and the Davidic Covenant,” “What the Prophets Foretold,” and “Jesus’ Use of Scripture”—approaches this relationship from a different perspective. Through the exploration of biblical text, adult study groups are invited into a deepened relationship with God.
The Living the Questions Class has morphed over the years in many different directions. At one time, they listened to and studied music in the Christian tradition, from ancient to modern and from all parts of the world. Then for several years, they followed an excellent arts and spirituality study known as Imaging the Word, which merged lectionary study with visual arts, sculpture, paintings, poetry and music. For a number of years, until just recently, the class worked with several DVD study series: The Question of God: A Dialogue between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, a PBS series—then Living the Questions and Saving Jesus, two series’ that utilized contemporary theologians, preachers, church workers to discuss important spiritual and ethical issues. Right now (fall 2015) the class is viewing and discussing the DVD, Bill Moyers: The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith. We will also be reading and referring to the book that inspired the DVD: The World’s Religions by Huston Smith. The class is very focused on spiritual growth and applying Christian faith to everyday living.