SUNDAY MORNING ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM

Adults meet each Sunday morning at 9:15 in Rockwood Hall for a discussion of a wide range of topics.


There's always something interesting and inspiring being presented in the adult education sessions. Join us any Sunday from September through May in Rockwood Hall for great discussions. Class offerings change throughout the year.
The 2016-17 year begins with a series we're calling "What Are You Doing Now?" Members will talk about their work and other projects in which they are currently involved.
Past years have included sessions on science and religion, archeology and the Bible, the Reformation, and a discussion about the novel Lila with Marilynne Robinson.


SUNDAY MORNING ADULT EDUCATION IN LENT

Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths

During Lent, the Sunday morning adult education sessions will explore how Christian faith has been deepened and enriched by encounters with people of different religions. We will look at familiar Lenten themes, such as temptation and fasting, but with a different approach. This series does not necessarily emphasize common ground or dialogue. It more about how Christian faith has burned brightly following an encounter with the religious other.

 

Christians who have lived alongside, and worked with, people of other faiths, often express their surprise and appreciation that their own Christian faith has been enriched by these encounters. How is this the case? Sometimes a practice such as fasting by Muslims in Ramadan has led Christians to think again about the ancient Christian practice of fasting, or the understanding of a concept such as suffering in an Indic faith has prompted Christians to interrogate Christian understanding of redemptive suffering.

 

The theologian John Cobb described his deep encounter with Buddhism in terms of a journey to another land and culture: the newness, sometimes strangeness of the other, can be an enriching experience. However when we return to the familiar, home is viewed with different eyes and a deeper, perhaps more profound, appreciation. This is why the series is called “Returning Home.”

The themes of this study series will also shape our Sunday morning worship during Lent.

 

Join Bill Lovin in Rockwood Hall at 9:15 on Sunday mornings.