"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom..." Colossians 3:16a, NRSV
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
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.
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Adult Education on March 18 and 25: Jonathan Thorndike will lead classes on the British writer-scholar C. S. Lewis and The Great Divorce. Lewis called the book “a dream vision” and “theological fantasy” wherein the narrator meets George MacDonald, the Scottish preacher and theologian. The Great Divorce concerns the distance between heaven and hell in more ways than one, and the book contains some of Lewis’ finest religious writing. Thorndike is Director of the Honors Program at Belmont, where he teaches interdisciplinary Great Books courses and is a regular lecturer at King’s College, London on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. He has published many essays on Japanese and British Literature including essays in the C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and a forthcoming essay on C. S. Lewis and Horace Miner in The St. Austin Review. His book Epperson vs. Arkansas won a state library book-of-the-year award, and he appeared on a panel with the novelist John Grisham. Last year, he was a keynote speaker at Aquinas College’s “Tolkien and Lewis Celebration.”
April 8, 15, and 22: Vanderbilt History professor Joel Harrington will lead a few classes on his latest book, Dangerous Mystic: Meister Eckhart's Path to the God Within. Meister Eckhart was a medieval Christian mystic whose wisdom powerfully appeals to seekers seven centuries after his death. In the modern era, Eckhart's writings have struck a chord with thinkers as diverse as Heidegger, Merton, Sartre, John Paul II, and the current Dalai Lama. Many Christians, as well as many Zen Buddhists, Sufi Muslims, Jewish Cabbalists, and various spiritual seekers, all claim Eckhart as their own. Meister Eckhart preached a personal, internal path to God at a time when the Church could not have been more hierarchical and ritualistic. Then and now, Eckhart’s revolutionary method of direct access to ultimate reality offers a profoundly subjective approach that is at once intuitive and pragmatic, philosophical yet non-rational, and, above all, universally accessible. This “dangerous mystic’s” teachings challenge the very nature of religion, yet the man himself never directly challenged the Church.
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