Sunday School Classes for Adults (March 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 (Sundays during March in the Sanctuary):
The sanctuary class will continue its exploration of the Book of Confessions. The discussions will not focus on all of the content of the confessions but rather will look at important themes throughout the confessions and seek to understand why these are still important to us in the 21st century and how we can find new meanings and new applications for our lives today. If we were to give it a modern day marketing spin on the class we might call it “Confessions Alive!”.
Exploring the Old Testament through Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s series of DVD Lectures with Babs Miller and Peggy Stoll. (March 2 and 16 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.”
Human Beings Anonymous with Tom Mitchell (March 9, 23 and 30 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.
Special Sunday School Class (March 30)
Grassroots Leadership is a multi-racial team of organizers who help Southern and Southwest community, labor, faith, and campus organizations think critically, work strategically and take direct action to end social and economic oppression, gain power, and achieve justice and equity.
During the Sunday School Hour on Match 30th, Bob Libal, the Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership will present information about their current focus and answer your questions. You will be surprised by what you hear.
So all you adults out there are cordially invited to attend any of these offerings during the month of March and beyond! Bring your children too and let them join our outstanding programs for them too!