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Adult Church School

 

Trinity Explores with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Trinity Explores brings speakers of the highest quality to deepen our understanding and offer fresh and challenging ideas on a variety of topics.

Prophetic Imagination in the 21st Century

February 16-18, 2018 

A Friday evening, a Saturday morning, and a Sunday morning Trinity Explores with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

 

 

Adult Church School

Sunday mornings at 9:45 am

 

October 29 – All Adults in Williams Hall – The Treasure and Trouble of Tradition

Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary, will explore the genuine “pluses”, as well as, the haunting “minuses” of the Reformed tradition.

 

November 26 – Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Pancakes!

All of Trinity is invited to gather in Williams Hall during the church school hour to give thanks and enjoy a hearty breakfast. (No adult classes this morning.)

No Adult Church School December 24 and 31

 

Session II 

November 5 – December 17

 

BIBLE

Unlocking the Bible

Speaker: Dr. George Yacoubian

Room B-104/106

George Yacoubian, a native of Old City Jerusalem, is a Christian of Armenian descent. He studied at the American University of Beirut, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967. Immediately following the Six Day War that same year, Dr. Yacoubian immigrated to the United States. After teaching high school for a year in Athens, Alabama, he entered Duke University Divinity School. Upon completion of a Master of Divinity in 1971, he commenced Doctoral Studies at Emory University while holding a teaching position at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He earned his doctoral degree in 1982. Dr. Yacoubian is married and has six children and 18 grandchildren. He lives in McDonough, Georgia and taught Biblical studies and World Religions at the Westminster Schools from 1971 until retirement in 2012. He remains active in teaching adult Sunday Schools and Bible studies in the Metro Atlanta area.

This course is designed to promote Biblical literacy with the underlying assumption that a mere selective acquaintance with favorite passages of Scripture is inadequate for a balanced Christian life and witness. Hence, in six sessions beginning November 5th, we will focus on the six major acts of the Biblical drama giving an overview of the context, content, and contribution each book makes to the entire message of God’s redemptive love. Topics under consideration for each session are as follows: 

November 5 – The Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)

The Pentateuch lays the basis for the rest of the Bible because it explains the origins of the universe, its corruption, and God’s gracious covenants for redemption. Furthermore, it provides an identity for God’s people who must reflect the reality of the living God and His ways as a blessing for all nations.

November 12 – The Historical Books (Joshua through Esther)

The books in this section deal with Israel’s experience in the Promised Land.  Here we are given the record of their conquering, settling, and learning to deal with their hostile neighbors. We will consider their temptations, failures, painful disappointments and yet remarkable accomplishments particularly under the kingships of David and Solomon.

November 19 – Poetry and Wisdom Books (Job through Song of Songs)

The Wisdom Books, four of the five of which are written in poetic form, deal with problems that affect humans everywhere at any time. They encompass questions about suffering, death, the nature of a fulfilling life and the knowledge for attaining it. Hence these books continue to be of great relevance to Christians today.

December 3 - The Prophetic Books (Isaiah through Malachi)

The Prophetic Books are records of God’s servants called to be mouthpieces of the Lord during times of crisis such as military threats, natural disasters and national apostasy. They not only reveal God’s thoughts at those critical times but also telescope His plans for the future of the nation and of the entire world.

December 10 – The Gospels and Acts (Matthew through Acts)

These books herald the Good News of the coming of the promised Messiah and His Kingdom through the actions and teaching of Jesus. They present not merely one but four complementary portraits of Jesus which gives us a richer, more comprehensive understanding of His redemptive work. In Acts we have a natural continuation of the Gospels as we see His spread throughout the Roman world.

December 17 – The Epistles and Revelation (Romans through Revelation)

The Epistles which make up 21 of the 27 books of the New Testament contain vital information explaining the effects of Jesus’ ministry in the life of the believer and the Church. They were written on specific occasions to address doctrinal and practical challenges facing young believers. The book of Revelation describes John’s vision while in exile on the island of Patmos. Its objective is to reassure Christians that God is in control and in the end the drama of redemption will reach its climax in the establishment of the City of God.

 

CHRISTIAN LIVING AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Celebrating Christmas in Church and Culture

Various Speakers

Room B-112

The simple story of a newborn in a manger is obscured by a Christmas that has been called the ultimate expression of consumer capitalism. This has not always been the case because for centuries the church did not commemorate Christmas.  We will explore how Christmas observance developed, we will enjoy reflection and celebration, and share thoughts about how we fashion a meaningful Christmas as individuals and families.

 

November 5 -- Eyewitnesses in Bethlehem

Speakers: George Stroup & Richard Floyd

Using a format not unlike media reporting, we will take a fresh look at the Bethlehem narrative, its characters, and its enduring significance.

November 12 – Christmas Through the Ages and Its Cultural Re-Invention

Speaker: Mac Irvin         

For centuries Christmas was not important in some parts of our church, but the holiday received a cultural boost with a literary burst on both sides of the Atlantic during the early 19th century that “re-invented” our cultural holiday.

November 19 – Managing the Consumer Christmas Carnival

Speaker: Mac Irvin

Consumption and frenetic activity grates against the calm promised in Silent Night.  This week we will attempt to understand how we got to this point and consider solutions for calming this expression of Christmas tradition.

December 3 – Waiting for the New: The Theology of Advent

Speaker: Richard Floyd

This Sunday begins our worship tradition of lighting the Advent candle.  Our class will aim to help us gain a renewed understanding of this cherished season for worship and life.      

December 10 – Celebrating Christmas with Music and Song

Speaker: Sue Williams

Although magnificent music and treasured carols are at the heart of Christmas celebration, some of this tradition has only been around for a little more than a century.  Join us this week as we learn about and sing some of your favorites.

December 17 -- Our Quest for a “Real” Christmas

We will conclude with a panel discussion, encouraging individual participation.

 

PERSPECTIVES – Literature, Art, Science, and History

Romantic Poetry and Radical Spirituality

Speaker: Dr. Lindsey Eckert

Room B-108

Lindsey Eckert is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University where her research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British Literature. She has studied at Oxford and Cambridge, and she received her PhD from the University of Toronto. 

Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth, William Blake, and Percy Shelley questioned traditional aspects of the Church of England and organized religion more broadly. Presenting radical ideas about individual spirituality and nature, these poets offer some of the most moving meditations about faith, mortality, and personal growth in the English language. Each week we will discuss one poem with a focus not only on content, but also on strategies for analyzing poetic form.

November 5 -- William Wordsworth, “It is a beauteous evening”

This session will provide an overview of the historical factors that prompted Romantic poets to reconsider their relationship with religion. We’ll examine how these new ideas about religion appear in a sonnet by Wordsworth.

November 12 – From Songs of Innocence and Experience “Holy Thursday” and “Holy Thursday”

William Blake wrote a collection poems representing human existence from the perspectives of innocence and experience; many of the poems in the collection are paired to address the same topic. We will discuss two of these companion poems (both entitled “Holy Thursday”) to analyze how Blake engaged contentious debates about organized religion.

November 19 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Eolian Harp. Composed at Clevedon, Somersetshire”

In our discussion of this week’s poem, we will consider how Coleridge links domestic life, the natural world, and religion, and we’ll think about how he simultaneously expresses and also questions his own radical ideas about a divine presence in the world.

December 3 – William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”

This week we will consider the literary characteristics of poetic odes. Identifying these characteristics in Wordsworth’s poem, we will think about how and why Wordsworth chose this genre to represent his ideas about the human soul and its potential preexistence before birth.

December 10 – Percy Shelley, “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”

Looking this week at another ode, we will discuss how Shelley’s poem uses religious tropes in a way that pushes readers to consider the relationship and differences between spirituality and religion, as well as, between beauty and divinity.

December 17 -- John Keats, “Ode on Melancholy”

Keats’s personal life was plagued by sickness and death; several members of his family died of tuberculosis in his care. When he wrote “Ode on Melancholy” he knew that he had contracted the deadly disease. Keeping in mind Keats’s awareness of his own death, we will examine his philosophy about the role of sadness in human existence and, specifically, its role in our happiness.

  

ONGOING CLASSES

Coffee and Connections

Williams Hall C

 

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?

The Coffee and Connections class will explore the themes of personal faith and spiritual nourishment. The format is discussion based and participation is encouraged. To foster friendship and fellowship among attendees, special coffee is served and the first 15-20 minutes is reserved for socializing.

 

 

 

 

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