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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- Join us as we study: Jesus & His Jewish Influences. Jesus - a Jewish man from first-century Judea - was perhaps the most influential person in world history. His life and beliefs sparked a movement that influenced the course of global civilization, and his teachings gave rise to a faith currently practiced by over two billion people around the world. And yet, as revolutionary and lasting as his ideas are, few of us think to ask: Where did they come from?
It's important to realize that Jesus' actions and teachings didn't emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the products of a fascinating dialogue with - and reaction to - the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In search of a more complete comprehension of Jesus' legacy, this course explores fundamental questions such as: How was early Judaism different from the Rabbinic Judaism practiced today? What kind of world did early Jewish sects envision, and how does Jesus' worldview relate to theirs? How did events like the Babylonian exile and the reign of Herod the Great affect the development of Judaism up to Jesus' time?
Follow an acclaimed archaeologist to unearth the roots of Jesus' actions and teachings within the traditions and beliefs of ancient Judaism. These fascinating 24 lectures approach the subject of Jesus from a historical rather than scriptural perspective - one rooted in ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. This investigation reveals hidden insights into how the tumultuous events of early Jewish history shaped an individual - and a movement - whose legacy endures to this day. (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 Forgiveness - Finding Peace Through Letting Go by Rev. Adam Hamilton.
"If your enemies are starving, feed them some bread; if they are thirsty, give them water to drink." Proverbs 24:17 (CEB) There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God.
In the passionate and life-changing book Forgiveness: Finding Peace Though Letting Go, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings the same insight that he applied in the bestseller "Why?" to the challenge of forgiveness. Hamilton argues that revelation comes when we realize that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves rather than to someone else. He also contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God.
(Room 207 at 9:00 am)
Facilitator: Paul Conrad (801) 278-0096
Wesleyan Class - Beginning February 12, this class will begin a 10-week study of "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 Coming in March: CREED
Sundays at 6pm – Beginning March 5th
Come explore the Apostles’ Creed in a DVD and discussion format with Pastor Jean and DCE Vanitta Conrad. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - Beginning February 22nd, this class will begin a study of 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.