Adult Education

9:30 am Education Hour

We invite you to open your mind and connect with what is deepest in your heart by joining us for study, conversation, reflection, and prayer. Classes gather throughout our campus during the 9:30-10:30 am education hour.

The Fellowship of the Bean is a relaxed discussion group that meets for good coffee and conversation in the Zimmerman Wilson House. Each week, there is a new topic of conversation with the group an ever-changing mix of ages and beliefs. Drop-ins are welcome and you don’t have to sign-up or attend every week.

The final 9:30 am adult option is Adult Education which gathers in room 4a of the Kinhart Center. Often led by member Debbie Mitchell, this class gathers for more detailed studies, digging deep into scripture and theology. Studies have included Karen Armstrong’s book, The Battle for God, an exploration of the 1908 Social Creed, and Francis Taylor Gench’s book, Back to the Well. Bring your curiosity and questions! You will not be told what to think but instead given the opportunity to process ideas with others. Childcare is available for the Sunday morning education hour.

Adult Education 2019-2020. Over the years, many have asked for Bible study opportunities so we will be offering a series of DVD lectures for the 9:30 KC4a adult CE class beginning this month. We will focus on the Old Testament  (Great Courses Old Testament Guidebook) followed by the New Testament. These lectures are 30 minutes each, allowing for discussion time; no homework, just show up! Utilizing this program allows us to access great speakers. The lectures are by Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter, Professor, Vanderbilt University Divinity School/ Graduate Department of Religion. They offer an introduction to the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel and early Judaism as it is presented in the collection of texts called the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh. Not all books will, or even could, be covered; the content of certain books, such as Genesis, could easily fill twenty-four lectures alone, as could the stories of certain figures, such as the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, Moses, and David. Attention is given not only to the content of the biblical books but also to the debates over their meaning and the critical, interpretation methods.

Adult Education

Spiritual Growth

Visit to Holocaust Museum in D.C.

Bass Lecture Series

The Courtenay Wright Bass and R. William Bass Lecture Series was begun in 2010 as the result of a generous gift in memory of Courtney Wright Bass, a church member committed to faith and scholarship. At the time of Bill’s death in 2013 the fund name was changed to reflect both persons to be honored. The Lecture Series allows us to invite distinguished speakers who are known and respected in their professional lives for the purpose of “encouraging faithful exploration of Christian faith with contemporary social issues.” Past guests include Brian Blount, Dorothy Bass, Marcus Borg and Diana Butler Bass, Rodger Nishioka, Ellen Davis, Rabbi Phil Pohl and Palestinian farmer and peace activist Daoud Nassar.

Pilgrimages

Iona Pilgrimage

 

First Presbyterian Church pilgrims have traveled to Iona, Scotland and the Holy Land.
Click here for more information about our pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine.

Pilgrimage to Holy Land