Spiritual Formation

Adult Christian Education

Sunday school classes    Sunday mornings:  9:30am  
One path of Christian discipleship is through the classes that meet every Sunday at 9:30a.m. (disclaimer: some of them seldom start before 9:45am). Here are descriptions of what they’re doing. Each of them welcomes your presence.

  • Bereshith class
    The Bereshith class is a conversational Bible study and fellowship, enjoying occasional Sunday lunches. A series of lessons early this fall will conclude a survey of the latter parts of the New Testament, concluding a longer study of Engaging the Christian Scriptures. Bill Bellinger is the teacher. Room 206
  • College class
    The College class, taught by Tom Hanks, discusses the questions its members think would be worth discussing (or sometimes, questions that Tom thinks are interesting). They meet over doughnuts and orange juice, conversing on different questions each Sunday. Room 203
  • Digressions class
    We meet and build community/fellowship. Sometimes that’s talking about theology, sometimes its talking about life. And we even hang out with youth and encourage intergenerational relationships among Sunday School classes. Leader: Steve Swanson Youth House
  • Jesse Derrick class
    The Jesse Derrick class discusses events (church, city, national, world, religious, political, social, racial, economic) with no limit to subject matter. Room 208
  • Koinonia class
    The Koinonia class is a place of friendship, support, spiritual seeking (and humor). Discussions often center around books by a wide variety of authors from different religious and philosophical backgrounds and traditions. Class participation and interaction are welcomed and encouraged. They have recently begun discussing The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Doug Abrams. Facilitator: Celia Dupree; discussion leader: Buddy Powell. Room 204
  • Metanoia class
    The Metanoia class is a contemplative group that explores spirituality and faith. The class is discussion-oriented and based on books from varied religious and philosophical traditions. The group has read works by Cynthia Bourgeault, Pema Chodon, Richard Rohr, and Barbara Brown Taylor. Coordinator:  Claudia Beal.   Art Room
  • Philia class
    The Philia class is a women’s group that uses Smyth & Helwys curriculum as a basis for their Bible study. The study follows a time of sharing. Room 209

Seminars

Wednesday nights:  6:15-7:15pm September through May
Adult seminars are our version of continuing education on topics ranging from global affairs to community relations to current religious questions, all led by expert speakers in their fields.   Here’s a sample of  recent seminars:

“Thinking about Matters that Matter” — a brief tour of the history of Western Philosophy and its impact on Christian Theology
“Hope and Naz Tell Their Story — One Couple’s Journey Toward Immigration Reform”
“Hearts Turned Toward China: Returning to a Beloved Place to Work with Chinese Christians”
“Mental Health and Mental Illness”
“America’s Original Sin:  Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America”
“The Kari Family’s Trip to Cameroon”
“Jerusalem:  Holy Journeys, Holy Destinations”
Review of Marcus Borg’s Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most”
“Child Safety and Protection”
“Hunger in Texas/Hunger in Waco:  Food Deserts”
“The Crisis in the Middle East”
“Empowering Faith Communities with Sound Health Care Concepts”
“Bread for the World”
“Who is Richard Rohr and why is everybody talking about him?”
“Compassionate Conversations about LGBTQ Lives”
“The Witness of Oscar Romero”
“The Syrian Refugee Crisis:  Causes and Conflicts”
Nothing but Love in God’s Water:  Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.”

Meditation group

“Being the Light of the World: A Practice of Meditation and Compassion”
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm at the church