The life of faith is an all-encompassing life. Our call is to love God with our whole beings. This means we don’t love God with just our heart or just our strength. We love God with ALL of ourselves… including our minds. Westminster Presbyterian Church strives to offer our congregation the opportunity to study, learn and share in a collaborative, nurturing environment through an array of continuing adult education classes. One-hour educational opportunities are available @ 9:50 a.m., Fall through Spring. Special Sunday evening seminars and other classes are also offered periodically. Read about upcoming opportunities below!
All Sunday morning classes start @ 9:50 a.m.
This class, which meets in the Fellowship Hall, offers a variety of topics from Bible study and theological questions to current issues and conversation with our mission partners.
Feb. 18-March 25 – N.T. Wright’s “Paul and the Faithfulness of God,” a six-week Lenten series, presented by Jon Nuelle, friend of Westminster
Not unlike our own time and place, the Mediterranean world of the first century CE was a highly-complex mixture of cultures and peoples. Early Christianity both started and developed in a culturally explosive era! N.T. Wright, in his seminal and expansive work, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, examines the Apostle Paul as an individual who melded elements of three very different cultures: the philosophic traditions from Greece, the empire of Rome, and the Pharisaic traditions of Second Temple Judaism. During Lent, we will use Wright (and others) to examine the cultures that Paul moved within, the assumptions of his age, and the worldview that Paul “looked through.” Our Lenten journey will be taken with an eye toward the theology Paul ultimately constructed, how we moderns can understand (and misunderstand) Paul’s “symbolic universe,” and examination of our own “storied worldviews.”
- Feb. 18: A World of Difference: Return of the Runaway?
- Feb. 25: Paul the Zealous Jew: Like Birds Hovering Overhead
- March 4: Paul and the Wisdom of the Greeks: Athene and her Owl
- March 11: The Eagle Has Landed: Rome and the Challenge of Empire
- March 18: TBD
- March 25: The Storied Worldview: Paul and Signposts to the Apostolic Mindset
Reconnections – Room Ten
This winter, this class will take in “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.” Books will be available for purchase in Room 10. Come be fed and fed by one another! This multigenerational class encourages conversation and reflection on topics that explore the deeply important work of living faith together in all our families. Watch a six-minute clip about the book and author here.
Brian Moore will facilitate our group and discuss Chapter 6, “Hold Hands. With Strangers.” Check out a Jan. 21 Sunday sermon by Dr. Brené Brown at Washington National Cathedral
Bible Study – Room Nine
The Bible Study Class is an informal gathering where we share personal experiences that help us understand the scripture and our life in Christ. There is great freedom in our group. Nothing is “out of bounds” and none of us are trained Bible scholars. Everyone’s contribution is appreciated, though there is also freedom to sit and just listen to others and not say anything. We welcome all who are interested in our experience together.
The Bible Study class will examine the lectionary text.