Adult Education Jan-Feb 2017

A six week Sunday School series exploring ideas of gender in the Bible and Church.

The first week, adults will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Miller Gathering Hall to discuss what gender is (and isn’t); the role and language of gender; and the power and effect of language.  Children and youth ages 6+ will meet next door for a modified version of the class.  From week 2 onward, these groups will be combined for inter-generational learning.  

January 15, 2017 – Week 1 – Gender and Language

  • What is gender (and what isn’t)?
  • What is the language of gender?
  • What is the role/power/effect of language?

January 22, 2017 – Week 2 – Gender and Scripture

  • Golden Rule
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Beatitudes

January 29, 2017 – Week 3 – Gender and God

  • Does God have a gender?
  • The Holy Spirit?
  • If the Church is the Body of Christ, why wasn’t Jesus a woman?

February 5, 2017 – Week 4 – Gender and Church

  • What does church look like from the lens of someone who is not gender-normative?
  • Scriptural leaders who were not gender-normative: David (and Jonathan), Joseph (and his fabulous dress), the Marys on Easter.
  • How do we welcome everyone?
  • Is hospitality gendered?

February 12, 2017 – Week 5 – Gender, Church & World

  • What is the role of the church in supporting all in the world?
  • What does it mean to be a good man, a good woman, a good person?
  • Is goodness gendered?

February 19, 2017 – Week 6 – So What Now?

  • Action planning – self, church, local community, state, nation, world?