January CORE Classes

Adult Faith Formation Classes for the New Year!
Five-week classes beginning January 10 & 11, 2018

Christian Ethics: A deep dive into current moral issues
Teachers: Rev. Rustin Comer and Maggie Pierson
WEDNESDAYS at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
January 10-February 7, 2018
$20 class fee. Click here to register online.
Do you wonder how to have constructive conversations with those that differ in thinking about things that matter the most in life? Take a deep dive into the world of Christian ethics through current hot button issues:  #metoo and the sexual abuse climate; issues of sexuality; issues of violence; and issues of life and death.  We will explore these topics and many more through the lens of Christian practice. 

The Gift of Being Yourself
Teacher: Rev. Danielle Jones
WEDNESDAYS at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
January 10-February 7, 2018
$20 class fee. Click here to register online.
Much is said in Christian circles about knowing God.  But there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of one’s self. Genuine self-understanding revitalizes our spiritual life and leads to the fulfillment of our God-given destiny and vocation.  Join Danielle Jones for a study on David Benner’s book,
The Gift of Being Yourself.

Does the Spirit Still Speak through the Hebrew Scriptures?
Teacher: Dr. Ronald Troxel
THURSDAYS at 6:15 p.m.
January 11- February 8, 2018
$20 class fee. Click here to register online.
Click here for a syllabus for this class.
The foreignness of the Bible faces us everytime we read it. Its customs, assumptions, and language remind us that it comes from another time and place. At least the New Testament proclaims Jesus’s good news that is central to our faith. But what can redeem the foreignness of the Hebrew Scriptures?

Of course, the Psalms have provided solace and encouragement to many, and they are frequently used in worship. But what value lies in the bizarre story of Israel marching between walls of water, chased by an Egyptian army that falls prey when the walls collapse after Israel has passed through? Even the vaunted Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5) present problems in what they do not address (such as slavery, which is merely regulated in Exod 21:2) as in their mandate to avoid work on Saturday – Sabbath – even the work of making meals or traveling (Exod 16:29). And yet, the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Scriptures compose roughly two-thirds of our Bible, and the church has stubbornly refused to drop them or rank them of lesser value.

Perhaps we should reconsider what these writings afford by understanding how their authors voiced conceptions of faith through the images and ideas current in their world. Even if we cannot adopt all the models of faith they promote (just as proves true with the New Testament), perhaps dispelling some of the foreignness of these books will help us hear through them what the Spirit says to the church.

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