The adult education committee helps facilitate offerings of Sunday School classes and Christian Education to help people explore, deepen and develop faith and understanding of the teachings of Christ.  The purpose of our offerings is to encourage and support one another in sharing, questioning, and helping bring about opportunities for communion in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Lectionary Bible Study 

From September - May, the Sunday Lectionary Scriptures are the focus of this class that welcomes all who desire to dig deeper into the Bible, whether you are turning the pages for the first time or read it often.  Bibles are provided, or bring your own as we seek to hear the Word of God together – speaking through its historical context, and for us today.  Class meets in the Session Room on the 2nd floor of the Christian Education wing at 9:30 am.

Additional Offerings

Adult Education Groups meet September - May at 9:30 a.m.

Adult Education on March 10: David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University will discuss his book Life on Mars. “Mars suddenly is within reach, and by the end of the next decade, we may have put the first human footprints on Mars. We also might have found evidence for native life on Mars.” Professor Weintraub contends that both the race to Mars and the race to discover evidence of Martian life raises profound moral and ethical questions. Come learn how close we are to sending astronauts to Mars, and hear an introduction to what we know about the possibility of life on Mars. We will also discuss the big-picture questions associated with colonizing Mars. We will meet in the Activity Center at 9:30 am.

Adult Education on March 17: Dr. Ann Coble, Lecturer in Religion at Belmont, will talk about the legends and history of St. Patrick as well as her course on Celtic Spirituality, which she teaches in Ireland. She will address a number of questions about this topic, including: What makes Celtic Spirituality unique? What impact did pre-Christian beliefs have on Christianity in Ireland? What do we know about the real St. Patrick? What might you want to read as a follow-up to this class? Where might you want to visit in Ireland to learn more about Celtic Spirituality? We will meet in the Activity Center at 9:30 am.

Adult Education on March 24, 31: Aaron Stauffer (member of Session) is a Ph.D. candidate in theology and ethics at Union Seminary in New York, and he will lead classes on the Listening Project, and the connections between Reformed Christian practices and community organizing. Community organizing is one of the most successful traditions of political practice by religious institutions. But what is the relationship between Christian religious practices and community organizing, more specifically our Reformed heritage and contemporary political practice in organizing? These sessions will focus on the practice of the relational meeting, on the Listening Campaign at Second, and on the strategy of “agitation.” Scriptural stories and examples of Reformed theology will ground our conversations, as participants will also get a chance to try out these practices themselves.

April 7: Andrew “Flanny” Flannigan (the Vanderbilt Divinity School Intern) on gender identity and the church, what might be called “queering the church." This is related to the LGBTQ advocacy and inclusion that 2PC has been supporting for a long time, but the issues have changed and recent controversial decisions by the United Methodist Church make this a very timely issue for discussion and exploration.

March 24, 31, April 7, 14: Men’s bible study classes on Romans led by Jonathan Thorndike, Professor in the Honors Program at Belmont.  We would like to use this 4-week study to form a deeper community of men of all ages at Second.  Romans is regarded as the pinnacle of Paul’s theology and very influential in the militarized culture of the Roman Empire.  The historian Suetonius mentions an edict of the Emperor Claudius in 49 CE ordering the expulsion of Jews from Rome involving a dispute in the Jewish community over the definition of Jesus as the Messiah, which Paul addresses.  March 24: Romans Chapters 1-4; March 31: Chapters 5-8; April 7: Chapters 9-12; April 14: Chapters 13-16.  We will meet upstairs in the Education Wing. 

One-Anothering Sunday School Class: Looking for a lively, meaningful Sunday School group? Come visit the The One-Anothering class. We’re a group of women who meet during the Sunday School hour to share how God is active in our lives. We share stories, joys and concerns, pray together and have a short lesson or reflection. Outside of Sunday morning, we try to show up for each other in ways that matter.  We hope you’ll join us any Sunday. We meet upstairs in Room 309 (last room on the right, the “Dream Room”). For more information contact Laura Huff Hileman, or 615-594-5930.

Small Groups

For those interested in an opportunity to connect with church members socially outside of church Small Groups can be a great option. Click here to learn more.