Fall CORE Classes


Our Core classes provide an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics focused on the Bible, theology, culture, spirituality, and interfaith relations. Typically, classes last for 6-10 weeks, meet for 1-2 hours and involve lecture and discussion. “Our Core teachers are qualified for their posts not only by training and experience, but also by following the model of a teacher serving people in this faith community.”
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The Bible: Holy Book/House of Cards/Mystic Treasure?

Wednesdays, September 13-November 15
Classes at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
NOTE: Ron Troxel’s classes will not meet on Wednesday, October 18.
Taught by Ron Troxel, 
Professor Emeritus,  University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught Hebrew Bible, Early Jewish Literature, Early Christian Literature, Biblical Hebrew and other ancient languages.

After reading scripture each Sunday, the reader says, “Hear what the Spirit says to the church.” But what is it that we hear the Spirit say? Are the words of scripture what the Spirit says? Given the common confession that the Bible is “the word of God,” we might draw that conclusion. But what, then, of admissions from the pulpit that not everything in scripture comports with our sense of faith? In fact, how do we deal with our embarrassment that scripture says some things that we find crude or morally objectionable? If the Spirit speaks through scripture, how can we suggest that some of its ideas do not meet with our approval? What is the Bible’s role in our faith? Click here to download a Syllabus for this class.

God Talk: Introduction to Theologies of The CHURCH
Wednesdays, September 13-November 15
Classes at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.
Taught by Rev. Rustin Comer, Minister of Faith Formation
Theology seems like a big word to many of us yet, at its root, it simply means talk about God.  Throughout Christian history there have been many theologies developed by people seeking to understand God, the church, and themselves in new ways.  Over ten weeks we will look at different theologies developed by the Church and explore their usefulness in our own faith journey.   Many of us have foundational questions we long to explore.  Questions like: why is there evil and suffering?  What is the purpose of the Church?  Who is God?  What’s the purpose of Humanity?  Does Jesus actually matter?  and What happens when we die?

God Is Not One: Understanding Interfaith
Wednesdays, September 13-November 15
Class at 7:15 p.m.
Taught by Rev. Kristen Rouner Jeide, Minister of Spiritual Life
Opening our eyes to religious differences can help us appreciate the unique beauty of each of the great religions — the radical freedom of the Daoist wanderer, the contemplative way into death of the Buddhist monk, and the joy in the face of the divine life of the Sufi shopkeeper are Just a few of the voices that we will hear from in this powerful book study of Stephen  Prothero’s work, God is Not One.  Join us and hear 8 distinct and unique voices of friends in Faith.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Thursdays, September 21-November 16
Update: This class is full and closed to registration.
(No class on October 19)
6:30-8:00 p.m. in the  Colonnade
Taught by Rev. Danielle Jones, Minister of Congregational Life
Take a  journey into what it means to have an emotionally healthy spiritual life. Many of us suffer from symptoms of an emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Together we will look at seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is presently used in more than twenty-six countries to equip churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that truly transforms lives. Registration is required. The class fee is $30 per person which includes a book, a workbook, and a daily devotional that will be used throughout the course.