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Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.
January 11 - February 15
11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Heaven, Hell and the Age to Come: The Afterlife
in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Led by David Barr
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a common history and thus, share many common ideas and practices – often with sharply different meanings. After examining how and when the curious idea of an afterlife arose, we will explore the similarities and differences between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Heavens and Hells. Each tradition also posits something beyond Heaven and Hell: a time when the current world will dissolve into a kingdom ruled by God (Torah, Sharia, Jesus). They agree that Jerusalem is at the center of this new age and some are willing to obliterate the others in order to claim it.
Marilynne Robinson’s Home and Gilead
Led by Richard Baker
Marilynne Robinson is a Pulitzer-prizewinning novelist, a renowned teacher of creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Calvinist—you could even say a staunch Calvinist. She also believes that, for the past two or three generations in America, Calvin has not so much been misread as not read at all. Through her writing and speaking she aims to correct that omission. We will consider three of her novels—Home, Gilead, and Lila—to see how this passion for Calvin informs these works and how it might inform our faith.
January 11, 18 and February 8, 15
11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panning for Gold: What the Bible Says and Doesn’t Say About Marriage
Led by The Reverend Laurie Davis
Discover the timeless and timely truths about God’s divine intentions for the gift of marriage, found just below the surface of our Biblical witness, from Adam and Eve to the marriage of the Lamb in Revelation. Is it a “remedy for sin or recipe for righteousness” or something more? What we uncover may surprise and inspire you. This four-session course will explore the definition, purpose and meaning of marriage according to the changing contexts of the biblical narrative, and our world today.