~ CURRENT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES ~
Adult Education classes are offered each Sunday morning.
Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and run for one hour.
MODULE THREE: JANUARY 7 – 28, 2018
Seeking Sustainable Development … As a Spiritual Calling
The 2015-2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) represent the pledges of 193 countries (2015), focusing on 17 life changing issues that can either expand or inhibit human dignity and social justice, with more than 170 development targets that build upon each other and can be monitored for achievement. They are the most comprehensive and diverse initiatives ever undertaken to improve the lives of human communities and the health of the planet.
The new SDGs build on the successes and lessons learned in the UN 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals.
This class will offer an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals, discuss their spiritual relevance, and practical applications as a spiritual calling for ministry.
Class guest leaders:
- Richard A. Hoehn, former Associate Professor of Church in Society at Texas Christian University and Director of Bread for the World Institute where he produced Hunger No More, materials on the UN Millennium Development Goals for the major Protestant denominations, the U.S. Catholic Conference, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and in conversation with the Islamic Society of North America.
- Michael Kuchinsky, former Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at Gardner-Webb University has written on issues of development, peace-building, interfaith concerns, and pedagogy.
Class Location: Chapel
The Great Spiritual Migration: How the Word’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian
How are we to be “church” in the future?
Brian McLaren (global activist, pastor, and public theologian) in his book The Great Spiritual Migration suggests that the future for Christianity is going to be great because people are shifting from “lists of beliefs” to love; from the image of a violent and scary God to that of a renewing Spirit; from organized religion to going out in the messy world and creating good. In other words, he is, in part, re-inventing the Reformed Church tradition:
- Can he give us fresh ideas and hope?
- Can we add to his ideas, improve or clarify?
- Is this just watering down Christianity?
In addition to McLaren’s book, other resources in the form of songs, articles and even some biblical stories will be utilized to help provoke an informal discussion and imaging about what “church” might be like in the future.
Class Leader: Rachel Russell
Class Location: Church Library
ANNUAL MEETING: FEBRUARY 4, 2018
- No Christian Education. Meeting information HERE >> (link coming soon)
SHROVE CELEBRATION & PANCAKE BRUNCH: FEBRUARY 11
- No Christian Education. Event information HERE >> (link coming soon)
MODULE FOUR: FEBRUARY 18 – MARCH 18
- Lenten Bible Study. Dan Thomas, Instructor
- Lewinsville Forum. Linton Brooks & David Morrison, Instructors
LENTEN STUDY: MARCH 11-13 OR 18-20, 2018
- More information coming soon.
MODULE FIVE: APRIL 8 – MAY 13, 2018
- Equipping Ourselves and our Loved Ones to Prepare for the End of Life. Sponsored by the Older Adult Council
- Global Populism, Nationalism & Xenophobia. Linton Brooks, Instructor
- Inquirers Class
SUMMER SCHEDULE: JUNE 3-24, 2018
- Summer Sermon Discussion
~ 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 either Rev. Scott Ramsey or Rev. Emily Berman D’Andrea — whoever will be preaching the next Sunday.
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.