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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.
Life and Times Class- Beginning March 12th - Join us as we begin a new study: Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy by John Shelby Spong. A global and pioneering leader of progressive Christianity and the bestselling author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die and Eternal Life 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.
A man who has consciously and deliberately walked the path of Christ, John Shelby Spong has lived his entire life inside the Christian Church. In this profound and considered work, he 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. Pulling back the layers of a long-standing Gentile ignorance, he reveals how the church’s literal reading of the Bible is so far removed from these original Jewish authors intent that it is an act of heresy.
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.
In Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy, Spong illuminates the gospels as never before and provides a better blueprint for the future than where the church’s leaden and heretical reading of the story of Jesus has led us. One that allows the faithful to live inside the Christian story in the modern world. (Room 101 at 9:00 am)
Teacher and Discussion Leader: Dr. David Hoeppner - Email or (801) 674-7962.
Bible Exploration - Join us as we study Creed by Rev. Adam Hamilton, based on the Apostle's Creed.
Ever wonder why we recite this historic statement of faith (even though many folks have difficulty agreeing with it)? This book and study by Rev. Adam Hamilton will help us discuss and compare our modern beliefs with those of the earliest Christians.
(Room 207 at 9:00 am)
Facilitator: Paul Conrad (801) 278-0096
Wesleyan Class - Join us as we study "The Great Spiritual Migration" by Brian D. McLaren. The class meets at 9 a.m. in the parlor, and teaching duties are shared by class members who volunteer. All are welcome. A synopsis of the book:
People by the millions are migrating out of traditional religion - some into secularism, some into experimental forms of nonreligious spirituality. But even within religious communities, people are on the move, migrating in exciting new directions. Drawing from his work as a pastor, speaker, public theologian, ecumenical networker, and activist, Brian D. McLaren challenges Christians to embark on a great spiritual migration: to seize this dynamic moment as an opportunity for Christian faith to become more just, generous, and joyful - and therefore more truly Christian.
The book explores three conversions or spiritual migrations. Spiritually, McLaren advocates a migration from Christian faith defined as a system of beliefs to a love-centered way of life. Theologically, he challenges people to move from defending God as a violent Supreme Being to experiencing and embodying God as the nonviolent Holy Spirit. And missionally, he explores how congregations can move from being institutional outposts of organized religion to networked cells of organizing religion. In The Great Spiritual Migration, McLaren invites readers to join a movement that can shift the direction of Christian faith to be more in sync with its founder, more life-giving for individual Christians and congregations, and more of a just, generous, and joyful resource for the whole world.
Teacher and Discussion Leader: Jay Vestal (801) 277-1156
Lenten Study: CREED
Sundays at 6pm – Now Through April 9th
Come explore the Apostles’ Creed in a DVD and discussion format with Pastor Jean and DCE Vanitta Conrad in Room 101. Ever wonder why we recite this historic statement of faith (even though many folks have difficulty agreeing with it)? This book and study by Rev. Adam Hamilton will help us discuss and compare our modern beliefs with those of the earliest Christians. Book cost is $14.00 (financial aid is available). See Vanitta Conrad for your book. email@example.com
Bagel Boys – Enjoy great conversation about men’s faith journeys over bagels and coffee. (Wednesday mornings in the Parlor @ 7:30 am.)
Wednesday Morning Study Group - Join us as we study Restored - Finding Redemption in our Mess by Tom Berlin. Sometimes our lives are in such disarray we can’t envision a way through to redemption. But when we look at the mess through the eyes of Christ, we not only find redemption, we can clearly see spiritual restoration. In Restored, author Tom Berlin encourages us to reflect and meditate through our own brokenness, showing us that it is only when we focus on the cross as a place to surrender control that we can leave our mess and find true redemption. This 6-week study uses Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others.
Wednesday mornings in the Parlor @ 9:30 am. All are welcome.
Yoga – Refresh your body, mind and spirit.
(Thursdays at 4:30 – Room 201)
Facilitator: Nancy Bockelie, email.