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.

All Are Welcome!

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 Anxious for Nothing – Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado beginning January 14th. Over the past few decades, studies have shown that Americans are the most anxious people in the world. We take the most medication for it, see doctors to treat it, and spend fortunes trying to relieve it. How have we let our fears get the better of us? In Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado leads readers to reflect on the promises of Philippians 4:4-8. This passage from Paul's epistle contains an antidote to anxiety that will help you develop a mindset of resilience. Rediscover the power of prayer and take control of your thoughts. You can rest in "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."

Wesleyan Class – (Parlor at 9:00 am)

If you have ever puzzled over the parables and would like an opportunity to focus on them in a fresh way, join the Wesleyan Class beginning January 7th for a six week discussion based on Meditations on the Parables of Jesus by Fr. Thomas Keating. In this short book, Keating examines and interprets 20 parables, some in surprising ways, that are relevant to faith and life today. Thomas Keating is a member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine Tradition and founder of the Centering Prayer movement. All are welcome.

 

Weekday Classes:

Wednesday Morning Study Group -  Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am in the Parlor, led by Evelyn Kasworm.  Join us as we study of Who Needs God? by Harold Kushner beginning January 3rd. Full of the ideas and affirmations on which bestselling author Harold Kushner has based his life, Who Needs God? will help readers bring depth and order to their lives through spirituality. It is a book for anyone who has ever stepped back and thought, "There must be more to life than this."  Here Kushner looks at the nourishment our souls crave, in much the same way that our bodies need the right foods, sunshine, and exercise.  He maintains that, without some kind of spiritual nourishment, our souls remain stunted and underdeveloped. The spiritual life that was so prominent for people in the past is less accessible to us today -- because the world is so noisy and full of distractions, because we are so dazzled by our power and success, because religion in the new millennium is often badly packaged or presented by people we neither trust nor admire.  Kushner shows us that the presence of God in our lives can make a difference, and that modern people are capable of prayer.   

Bagel BoysMeets 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 - All men are invited to our next get-together Sunday, January 21st.  More information about our place and time coming soon.  For more information contact Paul Conrad at pconradgo@gmail.com.