Sunday School Classes for Adults (April classes)
Please note: The start time for the early service is 8:15 AM; it is our objective to start the Sunday Christian Education Classes promptly at 9:30 AM.
Confessions Class (All Sundays during April in the Sanctuary):
The sanctuary class will continue to look at the Confessions of the Presbyterian Church and how they can inform our faith today. This class is led by Rev. Jim Rigby with assistance from Rev. Tom Mitchell and Babs Miller, but the class members are the real rock stars of that class!
Human Beings Anonymous with Tom Mitchell (April 13 & 27 in the Welcome Room)
Gerald G. May, M.D. writes: “I am not being flippant when I say that all of us suffer from addiction. Nor am I reducing the meaning of addiction. I mean in all truth that the psychological, neurological, and spiritual dynamics of full-fledged addiction are actively at work in every human being. The same processes that are responsible for addiction to alcohol and narcotics are also responsible for addiction to ideas, work, relationships, power, moods, fantasies, and an endless variety of other things. We are all addicts in every sense of the word.” (Addiction and Grace, page 3).
When I was training for work in substance abuse recovery I learned the power of the Twelve Steps (of AA and other anonymous groups), and had the privilege of a doing a study of how the “steps” are rooted in The Sermon on the Mount. Over time I wrote a curriculum using the “steps” for people who “claim” to not suffer from any addiction. I have taught that curriculum with several groups, including as a class in discipleship. The original title was “Living as Mustard Seeds in Cracked Clay Pots” but soon someone suggested that it was a good study for all people – so I changed it to Human Beings Anonymous.
Exploring the Old Testament through Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s series of DVD Lectures with Babs Miller. (April 6 & 20 in the Welcome Room)
The method of the course is to discuss especially interesting or prominent passages from a cross-section of all the genres the Old Testament contains, using each passage as an example of how to apply a particular method of interpretation to the Bible. Professor Levine’s DVD lectures bring biblical characters and passages to life and vividly reveal the magnificent artistry of the Old Testament.
As Professor Amy-Jill Levine observes: “The Old Testament is endlessly fascinating because it offers everything to explore: myth, saga, and history; tragedy, comedy, and farce; economics and politics; literature and poetry of surpassing beauty; court intrigue and prophetic morality; heavenly miracles and sometimes heavenly silence; questions of theodicy; answers that satisfy and answers that may not; destruction and rebuilding; despair and hope.”