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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.

Epiphany Term: January 27–March 3

Gratefulness: Life as a Whole Hearted Journey: “Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness, and gratefullness is a measure of our aliveness.”  -Brother David Steindl-Rast. In this class we will traverse the subtle terrain of “wholeheartedness” as both “antidote to exhaustion” and as what becomes available when we live with immediacy. We will explore what it means to move through life as a “pilgrim”, letting go of what no longer serves us, taking nothing for granted, and being willing to show our gratefulness for our particular gifts by allowing them full expression in the world. Using the work of David Whyte, Br. David Steindl-Rast, and Lynne Twist as a spring board, we will explore this life changing subject through video, reflection, discussion and spiritual practice. Facilitated by the Rev. Greg Farrand and others, Broome Hall.

Special Note for January 27: The Pilgrimage Presentation will be offered in place of Gratefulness.

Pilgrimage Presentation and Future Pilgrimage Offerings: January 27 during the Sunday school hour, there will be a special presentation about pilgrimages highlighting our Appalachian Trail and Greece trips. We will also discuss future pilgrimage opportunities. Facilitated by the Rev. Greg Farrand, Broome Hall.

Living the Questions: Living the Questions features a video series that explores the best of today’s theological thought, and invites conversation among participants where together we can strive to explore what’s next for Christianity. In this class, 35 of today’s leading religious voices will help guide us through three phases of exploration:

• Invitation to Journey 

• Honoring Creation

• Call to Covenant.

Classes and discussions are facilitated by Rev. Sarah Carver and Rev. Nathan Finnin, Roe Library

History Behind the Headlines: (1/27–3/10). 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.

Lent Term: March 10–April 7

The Great Christian Mystics: We are all called to be mystics. To be a mystic simply means we have journeyed from an intellectual belief system to actual inner experience. The 20th century gave us incredible Christian mystic leaders including Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Henri Nouwen. Each week we will explore the life and teaching of an influential Christian mystic and their unique invitation to us to experience God’s love in a life transforming way. Taught by the Rev. Greg Farrand and others, Broome Hall.

Living the Questions: See description above.

Hearing God’s Story: The Narrative of Scripture: (March 17, 24 and 31). The earliest Christians inhabited a “storied” world. Not only did they inherit Israel’s sacred narrative but they also constructed their own identity around certain stories- stories about God, Israel, the Gentiles and, of course, Jesus. In this class we shall attend carefully to storytelling, first in the Old Testament and early Judaism, and then across the pages of the New Testament, in order to sort out how these ancient stories worked, and how the story of Jesus was treasured and shaped to meet the needs of the emerging church. This class will explore ways to read, interpret and, ultimately, to inhabit the Biblical story. Week 1: Abraham and God’s Mission for the World . Week 2: Israel and the Torah: A Holy People on Mission . Week 3: Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Taught by Dr. Jason Myers, Professor of New Testament at Greensboro College, Haywood Duke Room.

Inquirer’s Class: The Inquirer’s Class is for Holy Trinity Newcomers and New Members who want to learn about the rich faith traditions and practices of the Episcopal Church, current members seeking a “refresher course,” and those who want to explore ways to more deeply live out faith at Holy Trinity. Using Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices as a resource, the class is an overview of the history, theology, worship, and practices of the Episcopal Church and an introduction to meaningful ministry at Holy Trinity. The Inquirer’s Class is excellent preparation for adults seeking Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church on June 16. Taught by the Rev. Mark Lile-King, Smyth Library

Easter Term: April 28–May 19 

Theology for the 21st Century: During this 2-week series (April 28 and May 5), we will explore where and how traditional theological ideas often fail to speak to the conditions of 21st century life. Then we will look at how some emerging theologies speak with greater impact to the needs of a diverse, global, interconnected society. Led by Dr. Sandie Gravett, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University, Haywood Duke Room 

Living the Questions: See description above