Adult Education and Faith Formation
Engaging our Heads, Hearts, and Hands
Bible “Study” is, perhaps, a misnomer in our church. Our Adult Education programs are about –
- Sharing our individual faith journeys with one another.
- Wrestling with life’s tough questions – e.g. “If God is a loving God, why do the innocent suffer?”
- Exploring what God is calling me – as a Christian – to be and do in the world?
- And, oh yes – we study the Bible and other challenging writings by great people of faith.
While our emphasis is on the Bible and other Christian writings, we also explore the wisdom of other faith traditions. We provide a safe place to bring our doubts. We also challenge one another to grow. Although we may disagree with one another, we support one another in our search. We find affirmation in our search for the truth as we strive to “live the questions now.”
We offer two kinds of programs during the programmatic year (roughly year round except for July and August):
- Programs open to all, requiring little or no advance preparation. These include –
One-time presentations by a guest speaker or screening of a film with spiritual themes, or, perhaps, a mini-retreat on a Saturday morning or Sunday evening.
“Sermons for Lunch” when we gather in the lounge after the 10:45 worship service for lunch and conversation.
Short-term studies – usually meeting once a week for four to eight weeks. There are two regular groups – one meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.; the other meets on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am. We also schedule additional short-term studies throughout the year.
- “High Commitment” in-depth Bible studies, led by one of our co-pastors, requiring daily readings and “homework.” These usually begin in September and are offered both daytime and evening. For an example from the 2016-2017 season see this post. The sermon for May 21, 2017 included reflections from this season’s participants.