~ CURRENT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES ~
Adult Education classes are offered each Sunday morning.
Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m.
For the remainder of our program year, Adult Education Classes will be conducted via Zoom Video Conferencing. Login instructions will be included in the regular Lewinsville Thursday Update which goes out via email to all active members and friends each week. If you wish to join a class and don’t have the information needed, CLICK HERE to request instructions.
SUMMER ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES: July 5-26, 2020
9:45-10:45 am Sundays via Zoom Videoconference
Talking About Race in 2020 from a Faith Perspective
Led by the pastors and members of the Adult Education Committee
PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS BELOW!
“White Privilege.” “White Fragility.” “Systemic Racism.” “Microaggression.” “All Lives Matter.” “Colorblindness.” As the American conversation about race continues, many of us are hearing words and phrases that are new to us, or seem to be carrying meanings or messages different than those we thought they did. In this class, we’ll examine how some of these terms are informing current conversations about race, and discuss the role they, and the concepts they convey, might play in our ongoing process of discerning how God is calling us, as individuals and as a congregation, to respond to racial injustice and inequality.
We’ll turn to the Seattle Times’ “Under Our Skin” project (https://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/under-our-skin/# ) to bring the voices and perspectives of people of varying racial/ethnic backgrounds, religions, and ages into our majority-White space. We’ll also draw on resources created and/or recommended by members of our local presbytery, our denomination, and other faith communities to help us understand key concepts informing current discussions about race, and how to think and talk about them in the context of our Christian faith.
We expect to encounter a variety of viewpoints, both in the materials we read and watch, and in our own discussion. As with many conversations at Lewinsville, our goal is not to identify a single correct meaning or use of a term, or to come to full consensus about either underlying issues or solutions, but to open up an opportunity for the Spirit to work among us as we wrestle in community with some of the thorniest and most important issues of our time.
Our first discussion, on July 5, will focus on the connections and disconnections between the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” in the context of evolving American understandings of the Declaration of Independence’s statement that “all men are created equal” and Bible passages that have informed that conversation.
We won’t be able to discuss all eleven of the remaining concepts included in the “Under Our Skin” project in the following three weeks (though we may be able to discuss two or even three together), so please let us know on the course registration form which ones you’d most like to discuss (and whether there are any not on the list about which you’re particularly curious and/or concerned). Participants who register will also receive a weekly email reminder with the zoom link for the course (which will also be included in Lewinsville’s Thursday update email). Responses to the survey received by early July will have the most influence on course content, but both registration and the survey will remain open throughout the month.
~ CURRENT WEEKDAY CLASS ~
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY with Bag Lunch
Each WEDNESDAY, a weekly Wednesday Bible Study will be held in the Chapel from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The Bible study will generally involve an exploration of the biblical text that will be preached the following Sunday. The study will usually be facilitated by Rev. Scott Ramsey or whoever will be preaching the next Sunday.
Bring a bag lunch, a Bible, and a curious heart and mind. We’ll have fun digging into the Scriptures! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Scott .
PLEASE NOTE: For the remainder of our program year, the Weekly Bible Study Class will be held via Zoom Video Conference. CLICK HERE to read more…
ABOUT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AT LEWINSVILLE
Lewinsville offers a variety of classes and special events to guide us during the program year in our individual and corporate journeys of faith, discovery, discernment, and service.
Lively discussions on faith and social issues. Look for our “Faith & Public Policy” classes during select modules during the year.
Probing Biblical and theological study. Each Adult Education module includes a course on the Bible and/or theology.
Life skills and religion and the arts. Our Adult Education classes include one course in this subject area.
Family of Faith Focus. We have an ongoing group of parents who explore what it means and how to raise children in our reformed tradition.
Multiple times and places for learning, including online. Even if you can’t attend all sessions of a class during the 9:45–10:45 hour on Sunday mornings, come when you can. Watch for our annual Lenten Studies program during Lent with a Biblical scholar, our Salzman Lecture each fall, and special Inter-generational events with an education focus.
Faith has been described as belief, commitment, relationship, and mystery. Lewinsville’s adult education program, Christ Care groups, women’s circles, faith and public policy breakfasts, and men’s and women’s retreats are opportunities to explore these dimensions of faith with others.