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Let's Learn and Grow Together.
Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.
Beginning This Sunday
October 19 - November 23
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
World Upside Down? Christian Faith and Contemporary Culture
- Led by Dr. Larry Welborn of Fordham University (West Parlor)
Is the Christian West at war with Islam? Meanwhile, at home in America, culture wars rage between the left and the right over gay rights, abortion, immigration, and health care. Religion plays a prominent role in all of these debates. What is the right relationship between Christian faith and contemporary culture? Opposition? Accommodation? Negotiation? In the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul and other Christian missionaries are accused of having “turned the world upside down” by teaching things contrary to Roman law and custom and by proclaiming that there is another king other than Caesar, namely Jesus. Is Christian faith on a collision course with contemporary culture?
Margaret Edison's Wit: A Tale of Redemption
- Led by Vail McGuire (Room 209)
Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Wit is a profound, sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous account of a woman’s journey with advanced metastatic ovarian cancer. It has a great deal to say to the challenges in today’s health care system, but more importantly, it is a tale, in Edson’s own words, “of redemption.” It offers thought provoking views of grace, sin, and salvation, many of which run counter to common cultural perceptions. We will be watching HBO’s production of Wit, starring Emma Thompson. We do offer a disclaimer: the play contains intense scenes of dealing with cancer, some of which may be disturbing for individuals who might currently have, or have recently had, an experience with cancer in some way.
Song of Songs
- Led by Dr. Richard Baker (Chapel)
For all the scriptures are holy, but the Song of Songs is the holiest of all.--Rabbi Akiva. For centuries, Rabbi Akiva's view has held sway: The Song of Songs (also called The Song of Solomon; located the end of the Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament, right before Isaiah) has been considered the holiest of all scriptures. In fact, through the centuries, it has been the third most commented-upon book of the Bible. Of course, readers recognized it as love poetry, but they understood it as describing the love between God and God's people, God and the church, God and the individual soul. In modern times, however, the Song of Songs has fallen on hard times--dismissed as curiosity, a mild scandal, and by and large, ignored. In this class, we will read the Song of Songs to compare ancient readings with the modern (non-)reading, and to see what it has to teach us about God's love and our own.
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Bible 101: The Whole Story
Led by Dr. Richard Baker and Laurie Davis
Do you wish you had a better basic knowledge of the whole Bible? This class began studying the New Testament in September and will offer a survey of its 27 books. It is a basic introduction and assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible. If you would like to join us, please contact Laurie (223-7285 or Laurie@westminsterdayton.org).
Wednesdays during October
5:00 - 5:50 p.m.
The Four Loves
Led by Dr. Richard Baker
Order me in my loves, O Lord, order me in my loves—so the famous prayer of St. Augustine. As Augustine saw it, we cannot help but love; it is part of what makes us human. But it is all too easy for our love to go wrong: for us to love the wrong things, in the wrong way, and worst of all, to the exclusion of loving God. Using C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves, this series of classes will consider the four kinds of love--storge (affection), philia (friendship), eros (romantic love), and agape (charity)—and how God orders them rightly.
The class will start at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday
nights in October before the Taizé service.
Click here to learn about the Taizé services
and light suppers on Wednesdays in October.