March 19 – April 9
Adult Education Series on Christianity & Human Rights
What are “human rights” and does it make sense to call human rights “Christian”? Why are some in our country fiercely opposing human rights protections for the vulnerable in the name of Christianity? For those moved by Christian faith to support the human rights of all, what historical and theological support is available? What additional resources are most needed?
These are some of the questions we’ll explore in the upcoming four week series “Christianity & Human Rights,” beginning Sunday, March 19th. First Presbyterian member Ally McKinney, who has worked in human rights for over a decade and taught this subject to law and undergraduate students, will be facilitating this series.… Continue
Starting Sunday Feb 26th will begin a 3-week series on Power and Forgiveness. Since February is Black History Month, Ralph Jones will begin by considering Martin Luther King’s sermon “Loving Your Enemies.” Does he speak to us today? Copies of MLK’s sermon are available from Ralph.
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
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?
October 9 and 16 Sunday morning sessions will be a discussion on prison reform and prisoner re-entry to society, focusing on the book Writing My Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor. Dan Justino, Executive Director a local re-entry program, EmergeCT, will be joining us. There are a few copies of the book on the Welcome Table. Please plan to attend even if you have not read the book.
Starting on Sunday, October 23rd, Bruce Gordon will lead a three Sunday series on Faith and Mental Health.
Our Intro to Worship Music class is open to all ages from infant to adult. The group does not rehearse for performance purposes – only for congregational singing. This is a helpful introduction for adults, youth, and children who would like to learn more about how to sing from the sheet music of a hymnal and follow along with lyrics in a bulletin, or simply to familiarize themselves with the tunes to be sung in worship that day. The class meets in the choir room from 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. on most Sundays from September to June.