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Our Mission Statement for Adult Ministry

Learn: We will offer a variety of adult learning opportunities including, but not limited to, on-going Sunday school classes, weekday classes, Bible study groups, and short-term classes. We will encourage active learning, regardless of the mode of instruction. We will support the prayer mission of the church and encourage the use of the weekly prayer lists. Also, we will request facilitators and leaders to incorporate prayer into each session.

Love: We will encourage learners to get to know one another within the context of the educational opportunity. Some time should be set aside in each educational opportunity to allow participants to share joys and concerns with the group in the hope of deepening relationships on a personal level.

Laugh: We will encourage leaders and facilitators to look for opportunities to gather informally.


9 a.m. Sundays

The Bible Speaks Today
Talking Back to the sermon.
Third floor, Room 318.

Covenant Class
Scripture at the Speed of Life.
Hill Memorial Library

Witherspoon Class
Second, the City, the World, and You.
Witherspoon Place, Room 103.

Second Cup
Coffee and Casual Conversation
Parlor, Room 112.

Women’s Bible Study
Meeting Room A, Room 104
This Bible study is offered on the third Sunday of each month.


Wednesday Night Fall Programs

Special Series: Faith Without “Othering”: I Am Because You Are
As our nation becomes more polarized, how can we, as Christians, speak out against injustice while not demonizing those we disagree with? Through scripture, spiritual practices, and critical theory, Betsy Hansbrough will help us learn how to cultivate compassion and see the image of God in one another. Join us on the following Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. in Witherspoon.

9/14 – The World As It Is: An Introduction to Mimetic Theory
9/21 – Reading Scripture, Writing Ourselves
9/28 – “It’s in the Biology”
9/25 – Developing Compassion, Practicing Non-Violence

Special Series: Provocative Parables Bible Study with Rev. Kristin Riegel
Rev. Kristin Riegel will help us take a new look at Jesus’ most famous parables in this interactive Bible Study. This study will be held on Wednesdays from October 26 – November 16, from 6-7 p.m. in the Parlor.


Weekdays

Tuesday Morning Bible Study
This group reads and discusses scripture as the Spirit leads from 7-8 a.m.
Refreshments are provided. Classroom A, Room 104.

Open Book Discussion
Engaging the Heart and Mind of Faith
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.

Downtown Bible Study
Looking for a weekly Bible study to challenge your mind and encourage your heart? Join us each Thursday at noon in the social room of San Francisco Towers at Crown Center. Bring a sack lunch and you’ll be done by 1 p.m. For details contact Bill Tammeus at wtammeus@gmail.com or 816-926-0366.

Thursday School
The Thursday School class reads and discusses contemporary religious/spiritual books of scholars such as Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, and John Spong. Members take turns leading the book’s chapters for the week. The group meets in Meeting Room A, Room 104, every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. New members are welcome to come and be a part of lively, open discussions.


Interfaith Resources

During our interfaith sermon series we discussed Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and their common origins as Abrahamic faiths. Throughout the series we compiled a list of interfaith resources, submitted by members and staff. To view the list of resources click here.