Lent 2018 Adult Church School Options

Adult Education Lent 2018

Sunday Morning Education Hour has some great offerings for adults to grow, stretch, deepen and ground their faith and practice. Adults of every age and stage are welcome – young adults to senior citizens. Some courses are three or four weeks and some last for several months. We try to address these broad themes:  Bible Study, Big Questions, Equipping the Saints, Life and Nurture, Mission, Spirituality, and The Twenty-First Century.

Classes begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., so come and grab your coffee or tea at the Wake-Up Station, and join a conversation! Classes conclude by 10:25 a.m., so that if you are a person who attends the 10:30 a.m. service, you have enough time to gather for worship.

February Adult Education Options


Spiritual Habits for a New Year: Creating a Spiritual Practice that Works for You—taught by Sue Lowcock Harris

January 7 through February 11 – Library

In these first six weeks of 2018, we’ll take a look at the kinds of things that might be important and helpful for our spiritual life and practice.

• What is prayer and how am I going to pray?
• What should I do with the Bible?
• What spiritual tools are out there?
• And how can I make this actually work for me?

We’ll explore a variety of individual practices and practices we do with others – including our children or our parents. And we’ll try to compose a personal Rule to get us going in 2018.


Conversations on Race book discussion

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, A Student and a Life-Changing Friendship

February 4 through 25 – 4 weeks – Room 258

Reading with Patrick is the memoir of a teacher who went to rural Arkansas to teach English to students
who had largely been left behind, and the bond she formed with one of them. This book was chosen as a
way to help people who are interested in doing more in our community to understand that giving with
your heart (and not just your wallet) can be emotional and at times painful. There will be many sacrifices
but, in the end, the rewards are great. We hope everyone will join us!

Starting in Lent


Storytime with the Environmental Curmudgeon – taught by Bill Burris

February 18 through March 25 – 6 weeks – Room 252

After 25+ years of working as environmental consultant, regulator, and manager, Bill Burris has some
thoughts to impart and stories to tell. A strange blend of bible study, environmental science lecture,
and bedtime story.

  1. Who owns God’s Creation?
  2. Think Locally Act Globally.
  3. Suit Up! This is unholy ground.
  4. Environmental “stuff” is hard!
  5. The Tragic Tragedy of the Tragedy of the Commons.
  6. We don’t live in deep time.

The Bible in Depth:  Ecclesiastes – facilitated by Doyle Nichols

Continues all year—all are welcome to join in at any time—Clark Parlor

This lively conversational study is reading through the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. All are invited to jump right in! 

Young Adult Games & Conversation – facilitated by Ann & Brian Ventre

Continues all year – Room 205

Out of high school and no idea what to do? Home on break? First job and lots of questions? Come join other post-high-school, college, & post-college young adults for a time of fellowship, conversation, and board games as we navigate the perils of being an adult!