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Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.
The following classes begin Sunday, October 18
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Jesus’ Truth: Living the Parables
taught by Larry Welborn
Jesus chose to speak of the mystery of God's reign "in parables." What is the significance of Jesus' chosen mode of discourse? Are parables the only way in which one can speak truly of the presence and activity of God? What, indeed, is a "parable"? How does this discourse invite us to live? How does a life "in parables" relate to the social and political challenges of our day? What if a life "in parables" looks like foolishness to the world? Larry is Professor of New Testament at Fordham University.
Planning Tomorrow, Today
led by Sue Hamilton
Making intentional decisions so that others do not have to choose for you fosters inner peace. Class topics include: Where will I live? Important legal decisions, Making my wishes known, Planning my memorial service, determining my legacy, and Making the most of today. This six-week class is designed to help participants consider important life choices before they are needed. Presenters include Westminster members and outside speakers.
Creeds and Confessions: The Presbyterian Variety
led by Richard Baker
“To the extent that we pay attention to them at all, it is often as museum pieces—as mildly interesting artifacts—or, increasingly, as rule books to identify bad faith or bad life in other people.” So says a Joseph Small, a contemporary Presbyterian theologian, and he’s talking about our Confessions: those eleven statements of faith, ranging from The Apostles’ Creed and The Nicene Creed through The Second Helvetic Confession to A Brief Statement of Faith. Of course, we recite a few of them in worship, most notably The Apostles’ Creed and A Brief Statement—but when’s the last time you recited The Second Helvetic? And even those familiar one or two may suffer the fate of the toofamiliar: too often, we say them without thinking. Yet, as Presbyterians, we're supposed to receive and adopt the essential tenets of these Confessions sincerely, and be instructed, led, and guided by them. In this class, we’ll try to pay attention to our Confessions, treat them as more than museum pieces, and see how much they can instruct, lead, and guide us.
The following class will be held on Wednesdays in October
October 7, 14, 21, 28
Each class will be followed by
a Taizé Service at 6:00 p.m. and a Light Supper at 6:40 p.m. ($6 for the supper; no reservations required). Read more about Taizé...
Rearranging the Air
taught by Dr. Richard Baker
At this point in his career, Frederick Buechner is noted—a noted writer, theologian, and novelist. But way back in 1977, he was not quite so noted. Asked to give the Beecher Lectures in Preaching at Yale Divinity School, he came up with Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale. Thirty years later, Barbara Brown Taylor—a noted writer and preacher in her own right—wrote this to Buechner about attending those lectures:
I had never heard anyone go so directly to the heart of the matter, nor use language to get there so movingly. As the lecture continued, I was slain in the spirit, though still propped up in my pew. I was known through and through, though my name was never called. Dear Mr. Buechner, you rearranged the air.
In this class, we’ll read and listen to Buechner’s Lecture series to see how he rearranges the air, and also consider it in terms of some of his later writings.
Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
led by Laurie Davis
Are you listening? Hearing what Scripture might have said to its first audience allows their journey and ours to be seen as part of a common scene. Closing this gap is vital to hearing God’s Word for us today. We will begin our 2015-2016 Bible 101 Survey class by learning six skills that will help us more clearly hear the message the Bible has for us today. In this class no prior knowledge is assumed, no question is too basic, and every attempt at humor is appreciated.