It has been said that: “Wherever living faith exists, there is a community endeavoring to know, understand, live and witness to that faith.” We place a high value on learning as a community of believers. Education is not an elective; rather, as John Calvin once said, “Faith rests not on ignorance, but on knowledge.” At the root of the word disciple is the notion of learner. Ours is a faith that prompts questions, sets inquiry in motion and calls us to examine our assumptions about God, ourselves and the world. We value education because it leads us to learn about the world and how it functions. We value education because it shows us our God-given talents in order to fulfill the vocation to which we have been called. Education transforms; it changes us. 2 Peter 3:18 reads: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” We encourage you to grow in grace and knowledge. If we are going to be equipped for discipleship, it must include knowledge. Education is necessary for those new to the faith, for those young in their journey, for the continuing nurture of those of us who are well-seasoned. Ethical guidance, theological understanding, and instruction for the community of faith will deepen our discipleship.
If you are not part of a study group or you are not participating in a learning opportunity, we strongly encourage you to participate in one of the many opportunities that will be offered throughout the year. Education occurs on Sunday mornings, at women’s circles, and in small groups. In addition, there are season short-term studies offered throughout the year.
Sunday Morning Classes 8:30 – 9:30 September Through May
Adult classes are led by clergy and laity with lively discussions and deepening insight into the Christian Faith and the practice of it in the world. Classes are offered each Sunday morning before the Worship Services. Over the course of any given year, three areas are addressed by course content: Biblical Studies, Theology and Ethics, and Current Events and World Religions.