Sunday School Classes

Adult Christian Formation Offerings
Sundays from 9:15am-10:15am
September 10, 2017-May 20, 2018

 

The Book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms
Led by Robert Wisnewski
October 29-December 10

An anthology of sung poetic prayers, the Book of Psalms, is associated with divine worship in Israel. The various psalms fall into two basic genres, in five basic sections, and were written over several hundred years. The oldest were adapted from pagan Canaanite poetry while the latest were developed post-exile. This course will seek to explore the life setting of a number of the psalms, offer some fresh translations from the original Hebrew language, and invite participants to translate psalms themselves based on their spiritual journey.

 

Introduction to the Enneagram through Literature

Introduction to the Enneagram through Literature

Led by Karen Funk & Carroll Nasson
Meeting October 29 through December 10
Do you ever ask yourself “why did I do that?”  Are you ever confused by others behavior?   Have you ever wondered if there was a simpler measure of spiritual growth?  Life’s greatest joys and upsets come to us in our relationships.  Regardless of whether or not you know about the Enneagram, this class will provide answers to these questions and resources to help nurture your relationships and your spirituality.  Through discussions in Wallace Stegner’s novel Crossing to Safety, combined with Enneagram resources, participants will learn to recognize the nine Enneagram types and the dynamics of their relationships.  Using the Enneagram resources, participants will also learn more about each of the types’ level of spiritual growth

Living the Good News

Led by Dudley Perry
Meeting in the small dining room
Year-round

This class offers an in-depth look at the lectionary readings for each Sunday. After receiving some historical background on the readings, participants discuss how God was working in the lives of the characters involved and what that means for us. Exploring the scriptures prepares our hearts and minds to be more engaged in the hour of worship that follows.

Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer
Led by Jamie Oliver
Meeting January 7, 2018-Februay 11, 2018

Contemplative prayer is a way of prayer focused on opening one’s self to the presence of God. In this class we will explore the theology of prayer and different types of contemplative prayer practices within the Christian tradition. These different types include the following: the practice of the presence of God, the Jesus prayer, lectio divina, and centering prayer. One of the primary goals of this class is that each participant will either find a contemplative prayer practice they can most identify with, and that those who already have a contemplative prayer practice might deepen their prayer.

 

God Made Flesh:  An Exploration of What We Believe About the Incarnate Jesus

God Made Flesh:  An Exploration of What We Believe About the Incarnate Jesus
Led by Candice Frazer
Meeting January 7, 2018-February 11, 2018

In the Nicene Creed each Sunday we affirm our belief that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, “came down from Heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.”  This class will explore that belief through Scripture, Tradition, Culture, and the Arts.  We will reflect on the “messiness” of Christianity and how Jesus’s humanity helps us to better carry our own burdens of darkness and light.

 

Inquirers’ Classes for Adults During Lent 2017

Led by The Rev. Robert Wisnewski
Meeting February 2, 2018-March 25, 2018

On the Sundays in Lent, March 5 – April 9, the rector will lead an Inquirers’ Class at 9:15. All adults who wish to be confirmed should attend these classes. The classes are also appropriate for all new to the parish who have questions and as a refresher in the faith for those who are already confirmed members. The dates and subjects to considered are: March 5 – Distinguishing Features of the Episcopal Church; March 12 – The Bible; March 19 – Sacraments; March 26 – Church History; April 2 – Church Structure, Book of Common Prayer; April 9 – Christian Symbolism.

Being Mortal: A Study of Death and Dying

Being Mortal: A Study of Death and Dying
Led by Candice Frazer
Meeting February 18, 2018-March 25, 2018

This Lenten offering explores personal and societal beliefs about death and dying through Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal.  We will consider hospice care, nursing homes, and how the practice of medicine influences our beliefs and concerns regarding end of life expectations, as well as the examination of the grief process, living wills, advanced directives, and making arrangements for your own funeral.  Though this course might sound a bit morbid, it will be presented in the same context as our liturgy for burial—a celebration of life, characterized by joy, as it finds all its meaning in the resurrection

Famous Heretics

Famous Heretics
Led by Robert Wisnewski
Meeting April 8, 2018-May 20, 2018

Heresy can be described as worshiping our expressions of understanding God and how God works even more than we worship God himself. Throughout the history of the church many have sought to solve the conundrums of the faith and their mistakes help us explore the truth of Christianity more deeply. The notion of the Trinity, impossible to explain, has led many thinkers down treacherous paths. How God works in creation and redemption, and what our part may be in our own salvation, continues to lead many astray. As we explore famous heretics our purpose will be to flesh out more fully just what we believe.

 

Restoring a Broken Relationship with God

Restoring a Broken Relationship with God
Led by Jamie Osborne
Meeting April 8, 2018-May 20, 2018

This class is for anyone who has experienced damage in their relationship with God and would like to explore ways forward toward healing. It is possible to worship God and be active in the faith, yet still experience doubt, confusion, or even bitterness towards God. To acknowledge these feelings and brokenness can seem contrary to faith, but they are actually essential aspects of faith that we resist to our own spiritual peril, because what cannot be acknowledged and accepted in our relationship with God cannot be healed. Together, we will explore a Christian theology and spirituality that can embrace brokenness in our relationship with God, and explore ways to make ourselves available to the healing grace of God.