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?

Adult Education in October, 2016

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.

Intro to Worship Music

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.


The discussion of our two summer reading recommendations will take place during four consecutive adult education classes beginning on September 25.  Please plan to attend these informative and thought provoking discussions even if you have not had a chance to read the books.  Copies of the two books - Writing My Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor and Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions For The Church In A Time Of Empire by Rick Ufford Chase are available on the Welcome Table.

Sept 25 & Oct 2:  We will discuss the lessons in Faithful Resistance.  The author, Rick Ufford Chase, will lead the Sept 25th discussion.

Oct 9 & Oct 16:  We will discuss the lessions in Writing My Wrongs.  Dan Jusino, Executive Director of EMERGE CT, will participate on these dates.