Christian Education: Sunday Morning Classes

Learn more about Sunday morning opportunities for adults below. 

Episcopal 101

From October 8 to November 5, Fr. Stuart will lead a special forum that will cover many facets of Episcopal life and worship. This will be a very useful class for those who have recently transferred to or joined Grace. Others may want to take a “refresher course” to re-familiarize yourself with Episcopal Church history, polity, theology, liturgy, and life. If you’d like, there are two very useful books that you may want to purchase. Fr. Stuart will make reference to these throughout the classes: Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer by Rowan Williams (Former Archbishop of Canterbury) and My Faith, My Life by Jenifer Gamber. These are wonderful resources to have on hand as we share these conversations.

Episcopal 101 will meet Sunday mornings from 9:30—10:30 AM in the Parish Hall.

The Seekers

The Seekers is an adult Sunday school class in which the members of the class choose a topic, usually a video-based resource, to study for the semester or year. This fall, we have selected Living the Questions. Living the Questions creates an environment in which we can learn about the best of today's theological thought and explore what is next for Christianity. Each Sunday, we will watch a 20 minute video which includes conversations with leading voices of faith, sermons, lecture clips, and digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith and concrete spiritual practices, followed by a discussion facilitated by Chaudron Gille. Our goal is not to find the answers, but to explore the questions together. The structure of the class is such that it is not essential to be present for all the sessions; you can come when you are able, and all are welcome!

Topics for the fall include:
An Invitation to Journey, Taking the Bible Seriously, Thinking Theologically, Stories of Creation, Lives of Jesus, A Passion for Christ: Paul, Out into the World, Restoring Relationships, The Prophetic Jesus, Evil, Suffering & the God of Love, The Myth of Redemptive Violence, and Practicing Resurrection

The Seekers will meet Sunday mornings from 9:30—10:30 AM in the Conference Room of the Grace Center. 

Bible Study

A few years ago I was sitting in the audience at a conference and my hero, Sister Carol Perry, said to us "Text without context is pretext." With that phrase she began to tell us the story of the calling of the disciples. Our worlds were that rocked. I remember bending over to a friend and saying to her "How could I have missed this?" Later in my room I wondered "Why was I never told this?" "This changes everything." "Could you imagine if this happened TODAY?" This and many more thoughts set off a chain reaction of thoughts that I still ponder to this day.

While I am no Sister Carol Perry it is my hope that, as we explore the Bible, we will find the context together. Starting September 10 we will begin to study the New Testament chronologically. This will help us to see how "The Way" formed. See what mattered to them. See how their daily lives, the politics of the day, their relationships were shaped by this Way. How their teachers and leaders tried to answer their questions and calm their fears and lead them through to a whole life with God and each other. What do you need to bring? Your Bible, a journal, your favorite writing pen/pencil, and a willingness to dig in.

- Jenny Massey

The Bible Study will meet Sunday mornings in the parlor from 9:30—10:30 AM.

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