Sunday Morning Classes
Sunday morning classes for adults are a great way to make friends, learn about our faith and our world, and find new ways to apply spiritual principles to your life. Classes, which meet 10:15 - 11 a.m. September-May, are broken up into short terms during the program year, so that there are always a variety of topics to choose from. Anyone is welcome to join a class at any time.
Green Term 1: October 22 – November 19
Inventing Hell: Dante, The Bible, and Eternal Torment: Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. However, the concept and significance of hell in our faith tradition and the popular imagination has changed over time. Using the book Inventing Hell by Jon Sweeny as a springboard, we will explore hell’s “evolution” from the Old Testament Sheol to New Testament references, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante’s Inferno. Taught by the Rev. Greg Farrand, the Rev. Ginny Inman, and Dr. Tony Cuda, Broome Hall.
First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God: Why did Jesus happen when he happened? Why the confluence of the Baptism movement of John and the Kingdom movement of Jesus? Why the tiny villages around the Lake? Why the confrontations in Jerusalem? Why then? Why there? First Light is a 12-session DVD and web-based study of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God with two of the world’s leading Jesus scholars, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. It includes beautiful video footage shot on location throughout Galilee and Jerusalem. This series serves as a very compelling summary of contemporary New Testament scholarship, as well as a good view of many of the holiest sites in Israel. Led by the Rev. Nathan Finnin and the Rev. Sarah Carver, Roe Library.
History Behind the Headlines: We live in an unsettled, complex and rapidly changing world. There continue to be surprising, and sometimes alarming, developments, shifts and challenges to the world we thought we knew. In this class, we will dig down into the historical roots of several of the current “hot spots.” Led by Dr. Jeff Jones, Professor of History at UNCG, Haywood Duke Room.
Advent Term: December 3–December 17
Beholding The Beauty of God: Praying with Icons: Icons are more than ethereal religious art. Historically, they have been a way of “gazing into heaven,” a real means for connecting us with God and his love. Icons can be living prompts for our prayers and reminders of the world that exists beyond the limitations of this temporal one. Each week we will learn the history and significance of a famous icon and together explore this ancient practice of presence and prayer. Taught by the Rev. Greg Farrand and the Rev. Ginny Inman, Broome Hall.
Biblical Resources for Hope in Challenging Times: For more than two millennia, people have looked to the Bible for insight into some of the most profound questions we face as humans. But the decline of the authority of scripture, the face of science, changing cultural norms, and less familiarity with the contents of the text sometimes lessens the impact of the text for contemporary people. This three-week series will explore where and how our communities can still locate within its pages resources that assist us in meeting today’s challenges.
Week One: Where There is No Vision, The People Perish
Week Two: To Guide Our Feet Into the Way of Peace
Week Three: The Greatest of These is Love
Led by Dr. Sandie Gravett, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University, Haywood Duke Room.
First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God: See description above.