Lewinsville will offer a variety of classes and special events to guide us during this new program year in our individual and corporate journeys of faith, discovery, discernment, and service.
Lively discussions on faith and social issues. We’ll start the year in September with the popular Lewinsville Forum on current issues and their intersection with faith led by Linton Brooks and David Morrison. A January class will focus on Christian responses to economic and social inequities and a spring class on the church and politics.
Provocative study on the mission of the church. In the fall Pastor Debbie will lead a discussion on The Church in a Changing World. Throughout the year we’ll examine this topic from various angles. A class on Building an Intergenerational Church will lead up to the annual Salzman lecture on November 11 on How the Church Can Faithfully Respond to Present Cultural Movements with Rev. Carol Howard Merritt as the speaker.
Probing Biblical and theological study. Classes will wrestle with the question: How do we connect with a Biblical narrative that was written thousands of years ago? We’ll have a class on A Dozen “Essential Bible” Stories and What to Do with Them and a book study on What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still be a Christian. Pastor Emily will lead an in-depth Bible study on Philippians, and Bruce Douglass will orient us to the theology of Karl Barth. New this year will be nine intergenerational events for parents and their children in grades 1-6 to introduce the Bible stories and Biblical themes that the children will be studying.
Life skills and religion and the arts. Classes will also be available to equip us with skills for parenting preschoolers, building healthy marriages, and making moral decisions. And we’ll experience the power of art as an expression of faith in classes led by our “artists in residence.” The medium will be watercolor in a class by Vivian Attermyer. Allison Lineberger will teach an intergenerational class on Holy Superheroes! Exploring Faith and Spirituality in Comic Books.
Multiple times and places for learning, including online. Even if you can’t attend all sessions of a class during the 9:45–10:45 hour on Sunday mornings, come when you can. Mark your calendars for the four-session Lenten study with New Testament scholar Shane Berg on consecutive Sundays (March 10 and 17) with morning and evening sessions. Take a midweek break and participate in a Wednesday morning or evening Bible class, the first on Galatians and James.
Try an online class and choose the time that is convenient for you to engage. This new learning option is for adults who are interested in getting to know the Bible as a whole for the first time, or in refreshing their memories. The study will adapt the curriculum that the confirmation class uses. This blog-based class will include weekly readings from the Bible that will help us understand its overall structure and key themes, and discussion of the readings. We hope that those who are able to join us for regular Sunday morning adult ed classes and those whose travel schedules and/or church commitments on Sunday mornings make it hard for them to participate regularly in adult education will welcome this new opportunity to reflect on our faith during the week, and to expand our faith community beyond Lewinsville's walls.
Faith has been described as belief, commitment, relationship, and mystery. Lewinsville’s adult education program, Christ Care groups, women’s circles, faith and public policy breakfasts, and men’s and women’s retreats are opportunities to explore these dimensions of faith with others.
Education classes are offered each
Sunday morning. Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and run for one hour. In the summer, classes begin at 9:00 a.m.
This June for 5 Sundays, Young Adults and Adults are invited to gather in the Chapel from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. to explore their faith using a film and discussion series.
NOOMA is a revolutionary way people experience spirituality! It is a series of short films about God and our lives. Since its release in 2002, NOOMA has impacted millions of people. Like parables, they use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus, tackling issues like forgiveness, discipleship, and unconditional love. Each NOOMA encourages meaningful discussion with relevant questions and biblical references.
Rob Bell, a leading pastor and breakthrough communicator in the Christian community, is featured in the NOOMAs.
Weekda Adult Education has ended for this program year. Come back in the fall to learn about the next class.