Christians are life-long learners. Our adult education classes are a place to ask, to seek, to connect, to discuss, and to wonder about things that matter. Contact Richard Coble with questions or for more information.

*Click HERE for the full 2019-2020 Adult Education Calendar.

Adult Education Classes

Fall Term | September 15 - November 24
Sundays | 9:15 AM

Pressure Points - The Church and Native Americans: Grappling with the Past, Facing the Future | Fellowship Hall

This 11-week program will outline a Christian’s response to social issues related to Native American Peoples of North America. This will involve educating ourselves about the history of native peoples (from their perspective using The Great Courses as an academic basis for this education) prior to European contact and the philosophical/theological/political concepts that were employed against Native peoples after contact. In the second half of the course’s term, we will deal specifically with Cherokee Indian issues as a case in point of our country’s and our church’s involvement in oppression of native culture, highlighting the Cherokee Nation/ECBI’s response to that oppression. Ultimately, we would like to posit for our class how we should prayerfully yet actively respond to these issues in the future.

Facilitators: Buzz Durham, Mike Fleenor, Jaan Ferree, Mary Berg, Marcia Mount Shoop

The Improv - The Spirituality of Vulnerability: Brené Brown and Richard Rohr | Jerusalem Room

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path” (Brené Brown, Daring Greatly). In this class, we will be discussing how the insights of shame researcher Brené Brown and spiritual writer and Franciscan friar Richard Rohr can inform our spiritual lives.

Facilitators: Richard Coble, Nancy Gaskin, Paul Rogers

Digging In - Living the Questions | Choir Room

Living the Questions is for those who are looking for a resource that encourages questions they’ve always wanted to ask and sparks open dialogue in a safe place. It’s also for those asking what a meaningful faith can look like today. Living the Questions provides a context where people can pursue their questions and deepen their understanding as part of a life-long spiritual journey. This video-based program (along with downloadable participant guides and readings) includes conversations with scholars and clergy. Spirituality, Bible, God, creation, Jesus, Gospels, Paul, evangelism, evil, suffering and forgiveness are some of the topics we’ll consider.

Facilitators: Denise Snodgrass and Tim Hamel