Adult Education Classes

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of opportunities to growing faith and faithfulness. These classes usually meet on Sunday morning after worship (11:30 a.m.). We study topics as diverse as sexuality, peacemaking, economic justice, earth care, immigration, and inter-cultural/interfaith encounters.

    Upcoming topics will include

    • The PC(USA) study, Israel-Palestine: For Human Values in the Absence of a Just Peace
    • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, a novel about race and identity
    • Professor Trible will lead a three-week study of the Prophet Jeremiah
    • Rick Ufford-Chase's new book Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire;
    • Using technology and social media to stay connected in a fragmented world
    • Presentation by Mission Partner Herman Kumara of NAFSO in Sri Lanka
    • Spiritual Issues in the epidemic of gun violence

    In recent years we have studied

    • Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration an Age of Colorblindness
    • The Presbyterian Policy, Gun Violence and Gospel Values;
    • Jennifer Bird's book Permission Granted: Take the Bible into Your Own Hands
    • The General Assembly's call to re-think our commitment to a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine and to explore Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
    • Amy-Jill Levine's book The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

    Special guests have included

    • Dr. Phyllis Trible, Union Theological Seminary, NY, author of Texts of Terror;
    • Dr. Jennifer Bird, University of Portland, author of Permission Granted;
    • Dr. Daniel Turk, PC(USA) Mission Partner with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, developing safe drinking water, sustainable forestry and food security programs and doing environmental education with the Malagasy People
    • Dr. Robert Trawick, St. Thomas Aquinas University & Presbyterians for Middle East Peace
    • Hans Halundbeck, Hudson River Presbytery Prison Partnership