Adult Church School
APRIL 23—MAY 21
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND ACTIONS
Race and Reconciliation – An Introduction
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God. Ephesians 2:14,19
This class will encourage participants to consider issues of race and racism from several perspectives. We will review what scripture and church tradition teach us, survey relevant history, prayerfully examine our own baked-in prejudices, and listen to the personal experiences of others who have encountered subtle and not so subtle issues of race in their own lives. Our focus will be on mature self-examination and seeking paths of healing and reconciliation. Trinity clergy and outside speakers will lead us in this 5-part class with opportunities for wide-ranging, respectful discussion along the way. Suggested reading includes Debby Irving’s Waking Up White and Howard Thurman’s seminal classic, Jesus and the Disinherited (both available for purchase on-line).
Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Practice
Speaker: Tom Farmer
Guided by a book entitled Making Room by Christine Pohl (available through Amazon), the class will examine the biblical and theological roots of hospitality, and how the church has practiced hospitality during various eras of its history. We will seek to identify the “strangers” in our midst and our role in extending hospitality. Not to be overlooked are the limits, boundaries, and temptations of Christian hospitality. Finally, the class will explore the implications of the practice of Christian hospitality for Trinity Presbyterian Church.
CHRISTIAN LIVING AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual Lives
Speaker: Ellen Carrington
Are you a Christian who loves God and is attached to your iPhone? Texting, social networking, and Internet research may not be enemies of faith, but in this course, participants will discuss whether these activities and the technology behind them are making us more or less thoughtful, articulate, and loving people. How does the insatiable desire for ever-faster response time from our handheld devices square with the Christian virtue of patience? How does technology direct us to those things that our faith calls us to see, such as hunger and injustice? How can Christians avoid confusing the digital world with our lived experience as embodied human beings? How can a Christian who loves technology avoid becoming disconnected from the pain and suffering in the “real” world around us? And, how can we avoid feeling overwhelmed by access to so much information and exhausted from managing our online relationships and selves? Participants in this course will have the opportunity to sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.
COFFEE & CONNECTIONS
How do we navigate the transitions in our lives, from aging parents to mid-life soul searching, to children growing up? How do we nourish ourselves spiritually; and is this the same for our children?
The Coffee and Connections class, a class of parents of tweens and teens, will explore the themes of personal faith, spiritual nourishment, and how to instill values in their children. The format is discussion based, with member facilitators, as well as regular guest speakers, and participation is encouraged. To foster friendship and fellowship among attendees, Caribou coffee is served, and the first 15-20 minutes is reserved for socializing.