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Adult Education – April Module

APRIL MODULE: April 11 – 25, 2021


President Biden’s first major legislative initiative after taking office was a proposal for immigration reform. We will analyze three aspects of it that may raise issues for thoughtful Christians.

  • April 11th – UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS. The proposal provides a pathway to legal status and ultimately to citizenship for undocumented individuals, including but not limited to so-called dreamers. What should be the requirements for gaining such status? How should the United states discourage future illegal migration in the face of what some will consider a massive grant of amnesty>
  • April 18th – BORDER CONTROLS. The proposal ends work on a physical border barrier (the wall) in favor of smarter use of technology and infrastructure. What are the implications of this approach? Roughly half the undocumented individuals in the United states today arrived legally but overstayed their visas. How should the United states deal with this problem?
  • April 25th – FUTURE LEGAL IMMIGRATION. Currently the major sources of legal immigration include various forms of family reunification as well as refugees and those seeking asylum. In recent years there have been calls for changing to a system such as that used by Australia that emphasizes the value to the United states economy of people admitted. How should the question of who can come when not all can come be dealt with from a Christian perspective?

This three week course will devote one week to each of these broad questions (order not yet determined). As always we will be primarily interested in how our faith helps us to look at these demanding questions, none of which have obvious answers.

Class Leader: Linton Brooks
How to Attend: This class will be held on Zoom. Look for the Zoom link in the Thursday Updates and the Saturday Christian Education reminder email.


Exodus 34:6-7:
Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

These verses from Exodus are the first description of God’s attributes found in the Bible, and it’s the most referenced passage in the Bible. Here we learn that all of God’s actions are an expression of these attributes: compassion, grace, patience, loyal love, and faithfulness. This list of God’s character traits has been carefully designed to help us see the meaning and importance of each trait in relation to the others.

April 11 The Visual Commentary on Exodus 34:6-7.  We will look at the Exodus 34:6-7 passage’s literary design to see how it illustrates what God values and explains many of his actions throughout the biblical story.  We will also look at the passage in its Biblical context.  This class is supported by a Bible Project film clip.

April 18-A Compassionate God.  Compassion is a deeply emotional word used to convey the strong bond between a parent and their child. In this class, we look at this rich Hebrew word, the first one God uses to describe himself in Exodus 34:6-7. God is portrayed as a compassionate parent throughout Scripture—both as a mother and a father, and his compassion is embodied in the person of Jesus.

This class will feature Bible Project films & discussion.

Class Leaders: Bible Project Films & Members of the Adult Education Group
How to Attend: This class will be held on Zoom. Look for the Zoom link in the Thursday Updates and the Saturday Christian Education reminder email.

9:30-10:45 A.M.

Families are invited to come together to explore the story of the Resurrection though activities & worship.
A ZOOM link will be available in the Thursday Mail.

An Update from the Adult Education Committee
January 2021

The adult education committee has received several requests to record classes. We recognize the value of being able to revisit a class, catch up with a missed class session, or share a session with a family member or friend. At the same time, we’re aware of privacy concerns and the concern that recording may make participants self-conscious and uncomfortable to share personal observations. To balance these considerations, we will use the following criteria to decide which classes to record:

  • The leaders/speakers associated with a class, and with individual class sessions, are the primary judges of whether a class is appropriate for recording. They hold veto power over recording a class series or session.
  • As a rule, we believe that classes that consist mostly of presentation with some Q&A are more appropriate for recording than those that consist primarily of discussion.
  • Regardless of the proportion of presentation and discussion/Q&A, we will not record classes which invite participants to share opinions on potentially-sensitive political or policy questions, or to share personal experiences.
  • We will always let participants know if a class is being recorded. Notice that the class will be recorded will appear in the class write up in the Newsletter and Thursday Mail along with the ZOOM link.

If you have any questions or thoughts about class recording, please feel free to share them with any member of the Adult Education Committee or Cathy Saunders, the chair.