Adult Education & Spiritual Growth

Coming Soon:  An Adult Education Opportunity With a Timely Message

In Healing the Heart of Democracy:  The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, author Parker J. Palmer offers hope for American Democracy in an era of deep divisions.  This timely, courageous and practical work -- intensely personal as well as political -- is not about them, "those people" in Washington D.C., or in our state capitals, on whom we blame our political problems. It's about us, "We the People," and what we can do in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." 

Palmer explores five "habits of the heart" that can help us restore democracy's foundations as we nurture them in ourselves and each other: 
  • An understanding that we are all in this together 
  • An appreciation of the value of "otherness" 
  • An ability to hold tensions in life-giving ways 
  • A sense of personal voice and agency
  • A capacity to create community

Classes begin Sunday, September 24 at noon in the Youth Room/Classroom.  The book is available in paperback, on Kindle and Nook, and in audio form.  Even if you're not able to read the book, you are welcome to attend the class.  

Prayer with Pastor Maggie

Please feel free to come and share your prayer concerns or just pray with us during this informal but important prayer time.
Thursdays at 11:00 am in the Chapel 

Thursday Night Bible Study

Led by Pat Kiley - This ongoing class meets every other Thursday and is currently discussing Max Lucado's The Story: The Bible as One Coninuing Story of God and His People. Newcomers welcome!
Every other Thursday, 6:30 pm

 

Some of our Previous Gatherings

Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Tradition of Fr. Thomas Keating

Led by Pastor Maggie - Centering on contemplative prayer is an ancient tradition practiced by the very earliest Chrisitans. In many ways, it resembles meditation; practitioners focus inward, in silence, ultimately "resting in God." This four week class will introduce the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating (a modern day contemplative) and give opportunity for practicing sitting in silence.

Book Study: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Led by Janet Ritchie - A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty and hope. 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at noon

A Lenten Service of Healing and Wholeness

Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm

Lenten Bible Study on The Beautitudes

Led by Dr. Jack McDonald - This six-week class is focused on the "Blessed are..." statements by Jesus found in Matthew 5. The class will discover the Old Testament roots and contexts of The Beatitudes as well as examine the contemporary implications of these powerful words.
Sundays at noon - March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2 and 23, 2017

Book Study: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Led by Janet Ritchie - This enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importnace of listening to our hearts.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at noon