Adults

There are many educational opportunities for Adults at Christ Church.  Bible studies that focus on various books of the Bible; Groups that use current books or videos to guide the discussion; Classes that  help expand your mind and exercise your body.  There is a class or discussion group for you!   The Sunday and Weekday opportunities are listed below. 

For additional information about any of the classes, contact Vanitta Conrad, Director of Christian Education at Email or at 801-486-5473 ext 12.

New Adult Study Opportunities this Fall:

All Are Welcome!

When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough

 Sunday Evenings beginning September 10th at 6:00 pm in Room 101 led by Pastor Rusty.  This six week study, based on the book by Lillian Daniel, gives a new spin on church with stories of what a life of faith can really be: weird, wondrous and well worth trying.  From a rock-and-roller sexton to a BB gun-toting grandma, a church service attended by animals to a group of unlikely theologians at Sing Sing, Daniel shows us a portrait of church that is flawed, fallible-and deeply faithful.  With poignant reflections and sly wit, Daniel invites all of us to step out of ourselves, dare to become a community, and encounter a God greater than we could ever invent.  Books are available in the church office for $8.      

 

The Gift of Years – Growing Old Gracefully - 

 Wednesday mornings beginning September 13th at 9:30 am in the Parlor, led by Evelyn Kasworm.  Not only accepting but also celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating book looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. Central throughout is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding. Perhaps the most important dimension revealed lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging and intention built into every stage of life. Chittister reflects on many key issues, including the temptation towards isolation, the need to stay involved, the importance of health and well-being, what happens when old relationships end or shift, the fear of tomorrow, and the mystery of forever. Readers are encouraged to surmount their fears of getting older and find beauty in aging well.

  When we complete this study we will begin Adam Hamilton’s Moses in late October.

 

Sunday Mornings:

Life & Times Class – (Room 101 @ 9:00 am)

Join us as we continue to study: Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy by John Shelby Spong.  A global and pioneering leader of progressive Christianity and the bestselling author of explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus.  Spong offers a radical new way to look at the gospels today as he shows just how deeply Jewish the Christian Gospels are and how much they reflect the Jewish scriptures, history, and patterns of worship. Using the Gospel of Matthew as a guide, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots, its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition to explain how the events of Jesus life, including the virgin birth, the miracles, the details of the passion story, and the resurrection and ascension, would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written. Spong makes clear that it was only after the church became fully Gentile that readers of the Gospels took these stories to be factual, distorting their original meaning. 

Bible Exploration – (Room 207 at 9:00 am)

Join us as we study Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet by Rev. Adam Hamilton. It doesn’t get much more dramatic: rescued baby, life in the courts of Pharaoh, parting the Red Sea, leading his people out of Egypt…Moses’ life was one challenge after the next, but although he resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. Join award-winning author Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses’ life. As Hamilton shares historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, you’ll gain a better understanding of Moses’ significance in your life today, and you’ll discover how you, too, can turn your own reluctance into boldness.

 

Wesleyan Class – (Parlor at 9:00 am)

The Wesleyan Class will offer an eight week review of the book:  The First Love Story:  Adam, Eve and Us, by Bruce Feiler.  Feiler is the bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham and writes the This Life column for the Sunday New York Times.  Since antiquity, one story has stood at the center of every conversation about men and women.  One couple has been the battleground for human relationships and sexual identity.  Too often that couple's story has been used to divide the sexes.  History has blamed Adam and Eve--especially Eve-- for bringing sin, deceit, and death into the world.

 Feiler has again taken one of our culture's fundamental stories and reimagined it for our time, dispelling centuries of conventional wisdom to present history's first couple in a new light.  Feiler travels from the Garden of Eden in Iraq, to the Sistine Chapel, from John Milton's London to Mae West's Hollywood, discovering a rich counter-culture of artists, thinkers and leaders who saw Adam and Eve as exemplars of a resilient relationship that endures and strengthens through hardship.  At a time of discord and fear over the strength of our social fabric, Feiler releases civilization's first couple from the box they have been trapped in for generations and shows that they once again can be role models for unity, reconciliation, and love.

Weekday Classes:

Bagel Boys – Meets throughout the year - Enjoy great conversation about men’s faith journeys over bagels and coffee.  (Wednesday mornings in the Parlor @ 7:30 am.)

Yoga – Meets throughout the year - Refresh your body, mind and spirit. 

(Thursdays at 4:30 – Room 201)  Facilitator: Nancy Bockelie, email.

Spirits & Spirituality Men's Group - Meets from September - May - Watch for kick-off information coming soon.