Two Exciting Adult Education Opportunities

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to announce two wonderful classes that will be offered during Lent. Each of these classes will be offered before worship at 8:45am, and childcare will be provided. Both infant/toddler and elementary options for care will be available. Advance reservations are not required, but helpful for planning for adults and childcare.
The first offering is Encountering Scripture Through Sacred Reading. The class will be facilitated by Julie Kramer, assisted by Ann Beaty. In Christianity, this type of sacred reading is known as Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading.) It is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word. Traditionally this style of sacred reading has 4 separate steps: read, meditate, pray and contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read, and then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God. The focus is not a theological analysis of biblical passages but viewing them with Christ as the key to their meaning. People who engage in this style of sacred reading oftentimes find it to be more meaningful that pure theological reflection. This class will meet on March 9, 23 and April 6, each time focusing on a different text. This kind of sacred reading style is used in our liturgical art projects.
The second offering is Embracing an Adult Faith: Marcus Borg on What It Means to Be Christian. This class will be facilitated by Jeanne Tyler and Jim Taylor. The “Embracing” series will be continued in the fall with other scholars and topics. In this series, author and Bible scholar Marcus Borg invites us to join him in revisiting Christianity's most fundamental questions: Who is God? What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith? In Embracing an Adult Faith, a faith-formation resource, we will enjoy the rare privilege of witnessing Marcus in dialogue with a small, diverse group of adults as they honestly -- and sometimes painfully -- confront the big questions and work together toward authentic answers. Borg will help us address the fundamental questions that we struggle with as our faith matures. Each session will use both the DVD and a workbook to process faith questions.  
Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. He is the author of nineteen books.
March 5  Ash Wednesday Service in Chapel 7:00pm
March 9  Encountering Scripture Through Sacred Reading: Psalm 32
March 16  Embracing an Adult Faith with Marcus Borg - God
March 23  Encountering Scripture Through Sacred Reading: Romans 5:1-11
March 30  Embracing an Adult Faith with Marcus Borg - Jesus
April 6  Encountering Scripture Through Sacred Reading: Psalm 130
April 13  (Palm Sunday) Embracing an Adult Faith with Marcus Borg – Community 1st session
April 20  Easter Sunday, no classes
April 27  (after Easter) Embracing an Adult Faith with Marcus Borg – Community 2nd session
~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:41 am in Featured Content.

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