Our Adult Education Forums are an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics. Often, they are an opportunity to study scripture in a depth greater than what a sermon allows, but sometimes they are an opportunity to learn about a timely topic of interest to us all.
Unless otherwise noted, our Adult Education Forums are held Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m.
New Testament scholar, Dr. Meg Ramey, will lead us in this study of “The Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5-7, the most famous of all of Jesus’ speeches. In three chapters, Jesus teaches us how to live in God’s kingdom, a realm that requires practicing a “greater righteousness” of loving kindness towards God and our neighbors. Join us for this five-week study as we meditate on what’s been called the “Torah of Jesus” and discuss how we may apply it in our worship and communal lives today.
Here is the link for each Sunday Adult Forum:THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
The Lenten season is a time of spiritual pilgrimage. In this period of sacred time, we ponder those questions about our spiritual and life journeys: Where am I going in life? How do I get there? Am I moving towards God or away from God? Prayer becomes invaluable on this journey. On this Wednesday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m., we begin a series on-line of four classes that focus on the theme, The Lenten Pilgrimage: Walking the Sacred Path. The series will provide us a journey into prayer using the labyrinth and insights from Celtic spirituality.
Our teacher for this series is the Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert. She is a Veriditas Master Teacher after having completed an apprenticeship with the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, the founder of Veriditas and worldwide leading force in the use of the labyrinth as a spiritual practice. Dr. Mutert has co-presented with her at Veriditas pilgrimages at both Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and Chartres Cathedral in France. Having served as a pastor and minister of music and worship, Dr. Mutert is also a conductor, composer, and pianist and interweaves the labyrinth with her compositions in concerts and community programs.
Here is the link for each Wednesday night class:Lenten Pilgrimage
Here are the topics for each week:
Dr. Mutert will share with us her own journey. She will introduce the concept of “walking the sacred path” and the “ancient archetype of the labyrinth.”
Focusing on the ministry at Iona, a center of Celtic spirituality, Dr. Mutert will lead us in a discussion about our pilgrimage. A video will supplement her teaching.
In this session we’ll walk the labyrinth on-line. Referring both to Chartres and Iona, we’ll come to understand the deep meaning of pilgrimage in our time.
Now what? Having spent this time together, we’ll ask ourselves the question: “How do we go forward both in personal and communal life?"
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March 28 and April 4 – There will be no forums on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
There has been a good bit written about how divided our country is and how this threatens our democracy. These two sessions will explore how polarization threatens the church (and faith) and explore ways the church can productively respond so that faith informs faith participation in civic life. This forum will be led by Dr. David True, Associate Professor of Religion at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His research interests grow out of his interest in Reformed faith and culture. He co-edited the book Paradoxical Virtue: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Virtue Tradition (Routledge 2020). He has written on theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, political fundamentalism, just war theory, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. True is a member minister of the Presbytery of Carlisle and has served congregations in McLean and Richmond, Virginia.
Here is the link for each Sunday Adult Forum:Partisan Faith