Adult Education & Spiritual Growth

Book Discussion

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Discussion Led by Mary Marks

The selected book is An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.

This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. “A straightforward tale of kindness and paying it forward in 1980s New York….an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter” (Kirkus Reviews).

Some of our Previous Gatherings

Lenten Bible Study: Which Disciple Are You

Class Led by Dr. Jack McDonald

During this 6 week study, we will use scripture and our own experience, as Christians, to explore being a Disciple.  What kind of special people were the Disciples? What special powers and skills did they have that enabled them to serve Jesus and ultimately establish a Church that spanned the globe?  Which Disciple most closely modeled our individual Christian experience and which exhibited qualities or limitations that we recognize well?

One only needs a Bible and an interested mind to participate.  We will try to have enough overlap between classes to accommodate those who will miss a class.

Saints and Sinners:  A Six Week Bible Study With Dr. Jack McDonald

Bring your Bible and your curiosity!

Jack says: "One important message for me has been: These great people of the Bible went through terrible struggles, sometimes did awful things, and went on to accomplish amazing achievements that eventually, over the centuries, defined the faith we share today. We should not let our personal struggles get in the way of accomplishing great things today."

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