CLASSES FOR ADULTS
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
We understand that everyone learns and engages in different ways. At Trinity we try to have a variety of classes to interest everyone. Classes are typically small group formats with lively, open discussions. We offer Introductory classes Book Study classes, and a DVD and discussion class. Class length varies so check back often to see what new opportunities are coming up.
ALL 2020 CLASSES WILL BE DONE VIA ZOOM. PLEASE REGISTER BELOW TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK.
2020 ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
All classes will be held on Zoom.com. Please register using the links provided to receive information about connecting. If you need technology assistance, please contact Hannah Middlebrook who will connect you with a technology volunteer.
Sunday, 5:45 PM, The Foundational Lessons of Genesis with Deacon Bert (8/2/20 – 8/23/20)
This course, begun in March but interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, is resuming (ala zoom) on Sunday evenings In August from 5:45-6:45pm. However, there is no need or requirement to have participated in previous sessions to sign up for and enjoy this class! Each week's class topic will stand alone from the others, so if you are unable to participate every single week, you won't be lost or ill prepared. Having already taken a look at the Creation story & Adam and Eve, we will be exploring four additional stories found in the Book of Genesis, and discussing their direct relevance to our issues and concerns in 2020. Biblical passages and discussion will be interspersed with film clips, poetry, quotes and popular music to round out each topic. Join us...it promises to be lively and interesting! REGISTER HERE.
Monday, 6:30 PM, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber with Deacon Debora (8/3/20 – 9/28/20)
“This is a collection of stories about how liturgy (who would have imagined?), ritual (what?), church (really?), and a bunch of flawed (liked us?) can catch the light of grace and catch fire with the beauty of God. For so many reasons, you really should read it.” -- Brain D. Mclaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and A Generous Orthodoxy. Those are not my words but it’s a great summary of this book. This book club for nine weeks, we will do two chapters at a time. Join me on Monday the 3rd of August. REGISTER HERE.
Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Prayer and Meditation with Father Chris (Ongoing/No End Date)
The Carmelite spiritual master Saint Francis de Sales is famously quoted as saying, “Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” While modern medicine has documented many health benefits to meditation practice, in its many forms across the globe meditation has been a time honored spiritual practice for centuries. We’ll meet one evening a week to share in forms of group meditation and contemplative prayer. Mindfulness/awareness meditation, contemplative prayer and centering prayer are some of the techniques that the group will explore. Other techniques are welcome. No one method or approach will be required and participants are free to engage in whatever form they deem most helpful. The group will meet on an ongoing basis without an end date. REGISTER HERE.
Wednesday, Noon and 6:30, the Christology of Mark with Father Chris (8/5/20 – 10/21/20)
“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. The first of the New Testament gospels to be written down and preserved by the church, Mark presents our most “human” portrait of the life and teachings of Jesus. It begins not with his birth or his eternal life in God, but with his good news for the world, what the Greek calls Kerygma, or proclamation. Mark gives us a passionate preacher and tireless servant whose tragic death is then eclipsed by the empty tomb. This is a discussion and reflection group that will meet over 12 weeks. We’ll work through the gospel, with weekly readings of the gospel itself in a good study bible, augmented with a commentary by Lamar Williamson Jr. REGISTER HERE.
Thursday, 7:00 PM, 1619 Pocast and Discussion with Becky Moseman (8/6/20 – 9/10/20)
“1619” is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery. This group will listen to the podcasts (or read the transcripts) prior to the class discussion on Thursdays at 7pm beginning August 6. This is a six-week discussion group that will cover topics of the history of slavery and its effects through economics, music, healthcare, farming and banking that remain today. You can download the podcasts through Apple and Google. Click here for summaries of the podcasts and the transcript. REGISTER HERE.