There are many opportunities for adults to enrich their faith through learning. Opportunities include forums, Bible studies, book studies, Sunday text studies, current issues and more.
Learning Opportunities for Adults
When September arrives at Covenant, children are not the only ones who return to Sunday school. The Adult Education Core Team will be offering several opportunities for adults to grow in faith through bible study, reflection and conversation with others. Here’s a look at what’s planned so far:
A Friendly Reminder:
Anyone in our local community is welcome to join us for any and all of these events. For more info, contact the church office.
Sunday Morning Adult Forums Begin in August
Covenant’s mission statement declares “GATHER…GROW…GO serve…with Christ’s love”. For four Sundays, beginning August 7, adults can GROW through an adult forum at 10:20 am every Sunday morning. Rev. George Carlson and other members of Covenant’s Social Justice Ministry Team (SJMT) will facilitate CONVERSATIONS ON RACISM following worship on August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. SJMT has planned this series in response to a call one year ago from our ELCA Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, for congregations to take a serious look at race relations in our culture. Two webcasts featuring Bishop Eaton, Bill Horne (ELCA Churchwide Council former member), and others will serve as the basis for our conversations. “Confronting Racism” (August 2015) and “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning” (January 2016) both attempt to help viewers understand the complexity and implications of racism.
Our Social Justice Ministry Team suggests two written resources that can provide background for these four conversations. One is a social statement of the ELCA approved at the 1993 ELCA Churchwide Assembly titled Race, Ethnicity and Culture; this statement provides a Biblical basis to consider and can be accessed at www.elca.org/Faith/Social-Statements/Race-Ethnicity-and-Culture
. The other resource is America’s Original Sin: Race, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. You are welcome to any session even if you cannot participate in all four.
Sunday Adult Forums Will Continue in September
Beginning September 18 adults can GATHER for worship at 9:00 am or 10:30 am and GROW through an adult forum at 10:20 am every Sunday morning. Forums will focus on themes or issues that relate to the Old Testament readings used in worship each Sunday until December 18, when we shift to the gospel of Luke. Participants will have opportunity to share insights, ask questions and explore various ways others understand the readings. The Adult Education Coordination Team is finalizing a schedule that will be published in next month’s The Promise.
The Great Courses
Through a very generous donation from a member of our congregation we have purchased three of “The Great Courses:” Course 1: Old Testament Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University Ph.D. Course 2: Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication Taught By Professor Bart D. Ehrman, M.Div., Ph.D., Princeton Course 3: Apostle Paul Taught By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D., Yale University, Emory University We will have these courses available to those of you who would like to study them on your own but will be considering these options as adult offering in fall and winter – stay tuned! All we can say is thank you for such generosity!