All Are Welcome!
Let's Learn and Grow Together.
Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.
September 7 - October 12
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Does Wisdom Come in Different Sizes: S-M-L? An Overview of the 5 Wisdom Books of the Old Testament
- Led by The Reverend Ray Merz (West Parlor)
three friends offered wisdom of a small variety because the conclusion fit the hypothesis, but it did not fit Job’s
circumstances. What wisdom can we glean from Job,
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon to
make our lives more nearly fit the image God intends
for us? That will be the focus of this six-week course
that includes Bible study, lots of discussion, and written
At a Loss, but Not for Words: Responses to Disaster in the Hebrew Bible
- Led by
Led by Dr. Barbara Kaiser of Wittenberg University (Room 203-205)
In this Bible study we will examine selected texts in the Hebrew Bible which respond to the catastrophic loss of land, temple, king, population, and independence in the Babylonian exile of 586 BCE and to life as a minority, diaspora people under imperial control. After listening to the rhythms of rage against Babylon in Psalm 137, we will consider the Israelites’ bitter accusations against Yahweh in Lamentations. We will reflect on the themes of communal guilt shaping Israelite history, on the re-visioning of power in Second Isaiah, and on the vigilance and violence of Esther. In each case we will not only consider the texts in their ancient context, but also face the challenges they offer to those of us for whom the words are scripture.
Augustine's Confessions – We are astonished and delighted;
for we expected to see an author, and instead we find a human
being – Blaise Pascal.
Led by Dr. Richard Baker (Chapel)
Augustine lived a long time ago (over 1500 years); in his day, he was an eminent bishop and theologian; he was quickly accorded the status of church father; and he's now recognized, in many quarters, as a saint. His influence has been profound (including on Pascal), a fact that has been both celebrated and lamented. But open one of his books—especially his autobiographical Confessions—and you might be astonished and delighted to find a human being. One with struggles, doubts, and temptations; one who, in his own words, wanted nothing else than to love and be loved; one who famously prayed, "Our hearts are restless, God, until they rest in you." In this class, we'll read and discuss The Confessions to better understand Augustine—and ourselves—as human beings.
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? Join our “Bible 101” survey class as we set sail again this fall. Having completed the Old Testament, we will embark on the shores of the New Testament, beginning with “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham”…navigating our way through to The Book of Revelation. This class 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.