The Adult Education Committee seeks to provide a range of options for all adults who attend Christ Church to grow in knowledge and wisdom and to love and serve in Christ. If you have ideas for us to consider or would be interested in serving on the committee, please contact Tracy Iwaskow, Chair.

Sunday morning offers an hour of time at 9:15 each week for reflection and conversation on learning and living our faith. Topics include Bible studies, book discussion groups, Episcopal tradition, and mindfulness in daily life.

Classes run Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15.

Growing in Wonder (Sunday, Feb 21 – Sunday, March 28 — 9:15-10:15 via Zoom)

Have you ever imagined that God delights in our delight and rejoices in our play? What did Jesus mean when he said, “Unless you become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”? We invite you to join with us throughout Lent as we explore ways in which play and wonder connect us to God and to each other. Each week we’ll try new approaches for exploring with God through awe and delight, and we’ll reflect together on what we find. This class is for all ages, from the youngest of us to the oldest, so please join us as we practice looking at the world through the eyes of a child.  Email Karen Bass at Kbass@ccnorcross.org to sign up.  Zoom Link: Click Here

 

Keeping the Baptismal Covenant: the Path to Joy (Sunday, Feb 21 – Sunday, March 28 — 9:15-10:15 via Zoom) — facilitated by The Rev. Ceci Duke and The Rev. Mimi Guerra)

The Baptismal Covenant, a set of five promises, outline what we do in our lives after we give our YES to Christ.  Come explore these promises together at 9:15 Sundays of Lent.  Email Karen Bass at Kbass@ccnorcross.org to sign up.   Zoom Link:  Click Here.   In case you need it, here are the meeting ID and Passcode:

Meeting ID: 899 6866 2251

Passcode: rQFRd3

Tuesdays, Every Other, 7:30-9:00pm; ongoing Racial Healing Book Discussion Group.  This group began by reading White Fragility by Robin Diangelo and has followed up with I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown.  Open to anyone.  We typically cover two chapters of the book per meeting.  Email Karen Bass for more information.


Tuesday Evenings at 7:30-8:30pm via Zoom

CHRIST CHURCH RACIAL HEALING READING GROUP Join Us – Starting a New Book: Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson beginning January 12, 2021

Caste – #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – long listed for the national book award. “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”— Dwight Garner, The New York Times The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Email Karen Bass to sign up.


Wednesdays, 10:00-11:50am; ongoing
Led by Rev. Ceci Duke
The Book of Exodus Bible Study “The structure of the narrative of liberation has a dramatic force and power. It starts at a certain place (oppression) and ends at a very different place (liberation and celebration)”, Walter Bruggeman. This time of Pandemic offers a fitting backdrop as we ponder Israel’s movement through the wilderness.  Email Karen Bass to sign up. The group gathers at 10 for prayer, and then study and discussion until 11:45.  All are welcome.


Alternate Wednesdays starting Sept 16, 7:00-8:00pm;  VIA ZOOM; ongoing.  Rachel Held Evans Book Group

Rachel Held Evans was a best-selling author who challenged conservative Christianity and gave voice to a generation of wandering evangelicals wrestling with their faith.  She passed away in May 2019 after experiencing excessive brain swelling.  Emma Green, writing for The Atlantic notes that Evans’ “very public, vulnerable exploration of a faith forged in doubt empowered a ragtag band of writers, pastors, and teachers to claim their rightful place as Christians.”  A group from Christ Church read Inspired, the last book published before her death.  But there are still others we want to read and invite you to join us!  We will start with Faith UnraveledEmail Karen Bass to sign up.

Alternate Wednesdays starting February 3, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm;  VIA ZOOM;  Creation Care Book Group 

Many of us want to do something about climate change, but where to start in the face of the looming crisis? The answer is to join hands with others and try to figure it out together. Our Creation Care group, which meets every other Wednesday from 7-8-ish aims to both find/discuss practical actions we can take AND to develop “stubborn optimism” (to quote the authors of The Future We Choose).  We will move between a book study and  meetings that will be grounded in a specific action we can take (reducing waste, saving water, adopting alternative/green energy options, etc.  Our book study will be Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. Email Kathy Smith for more information and to receive the Zoom Link. 

Every baptized person is called to ministry.  The Education for Ministry (EfM) program, an extension of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, provides people with the education to carry out that ministry and the opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.  This is an exciting four-year course which explores the scriptures as well as church history, ethics and theology.  EfM runs for 34 sessions each year, from September through May and meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room 114 of the education wing. (we are meeting via Zoom during the Pandemic.)  For more information, please contact  Diane Lynch

About the work of the Adult Education Committee

Christ Church Episcopal seeks to offer a range of options for you to deepen your faith by exploring new topics, engaging in meaningful conversations, and practicing some of the many ways we connect with the holy. We offer learning opportunities on weekends, weekdays, weeknights, and online. We invite you to join us in one or more of these classes this fall.

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