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.
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 PM, The Gospel of Matthew with Fr. Chris
Each of the gospels gives us a distinct vantage point from which to see and understand the life and meaning of Jesus. Each of the gospels has its own way of answering questions like “Who was Jesus?” and “What was his mission?” For Matthew, Jesus is both the Messiah and a new Moses, a savior, yes, but also a great teacher and law giver. Matthew’s gospel is divided into 5 great discourses for teaching. In reading and studying his gospel, Matthew hopes we will learn from a Jesus who is the preeminent teacher of God’s will and that we will as a consequence emulate his way of life. Once we are prepared, Matthew’s Jesus sends us into the world with the great commission to spread the knowledge the great teacher and law giver, who is also Messiah and Lord, inculcated in us. The essence of the gospel can be found in Matt 5:17, which says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” Join us as we spend 16 weeks journeying through Matthew’s gospel, experiencing his great teachings, which, when properly understood, reveal Jesus as Lord. REGISTER HERE.
Thursday, 7:00 PM, Waking Up White with Mother Cheryl (10/15/20 - 12/17/20): Exploring the questions of race and racial reconciliation is especially timely in the national current climate. This class will read the book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. In this powerful book, Debby recounts her personal story of realization. Weekly discussions via Zoom will encourage participants to delve into questions of their own upbringing, perceptions of the world around them, and how they can begin dismantling their own implicit and explicit biases. In order to facilitate meaningful discussions, the class end date is approximate and may change according to the pace of the class. REGISTER HERE.
Monday, 6:30 PM, Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans with Deacon Deborah (10/12/20 - 11/23/20): This book is an argument, one in which the author argues with herself, God, the Bible and Southern fundamentalism. Somehow, though, we are the winners in this argument because we watch and learn as a young woman emerges into a maturing faith that lets the kingdom vision of Jesus reshape her life. As one reviewer noted, "I found myself cheering her on." REGISTER HERE.