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.

Sundays, 9:15-10:15am; Sept 13-Nov 22

Your Faith, Your Life, a Faith Formation Study
Co-Leaders:  Rev. Ceci Duke & McKenzie Wortman

Your Faith, Your Life, by Jenifer Gamber and Bill Lewellis, is an “everything-you-need to know adult guide to the Episcopal Church….the language of worship, theology, church structure, sacraments, and discipleship offers a framework to explore the meaning and practice of being an Episcopalian and follower of Jesus”.
Email Karen Bass to sign up.

Sundays, 9:15-10:15am; Nov 29 – Dec 20 via Zoom

The Light Shines in the Darkness:  Advent Hope Through the Eyes of Four Remarkable Human Beings   Leader:  Rev. Andrew Frearson

The Rev. Andrew Frearson will reflect on the following influential figures and lead discussion, looking at how each, despite very different backgrounds, overcame great difficulties to find rays of light that both sustained them in their lives and brought consolation and hope to many through their lives, work, and writing.

Nov 29:  Meister Eckhart c1260-1327/8  Dominican mystical writer and teacher.

Dec 6:  Lilian Staveley 1871-1928  From being an Atheist, wrote secretly of her experience of her soul’s journey of love back to God.

Dec 13:  Christina of Marykate c1096/8- c1155  An Anglo Saxon woman who managed to live the life of faith she desired in spite of the many 12th century obstacles faced  by women.

Dec 20:  Maya Angelou 1928-2014  American poet, memoirist, civil rights activist, singer, dancer, actress, composer, and playwright.

No advanced preparation is required to participate in and enjoy these conversations, but interested folks are welcome to look at these writings as      background if they like:

On Meister Echkart:  Meister Eckhart:  A Mystic Warrior for Our Times by Matthew Fox or Conversations with Meister Eckhart by Simon Parke

On Lilian Stavely:  A Christian Woman’s Secret:  A Modern Day Journey to God by Lilian Stavely, ed. Joseph Fitzgerald

On Christina of Marykate:  The Life of Christina of Marykate trans. by C.H. Talbot

On Maya Angelou:  And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Join with Zoom Link:  or email Karen Bass to receive weekly reminder notices.

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. 

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, 7:00-8:00pm; Sept 9-Nov 18
Led by Kathy Smith

The Future We Choose, A Creation Care Book Study

The Future We Choose is a passionate and optimistic call to arms, written by two of the architects of the Paris Agreement. They outline two scenarios for our future: how life on Earth will be by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris Agreement climate targets; or how it will look and feel to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. The authors assert that each of us must confront the crisis head on, with determination and optimism. Practical and empowering, The Future We Choose features ten things we can do today to make a difference. The Future We Choose is for all of us, teenagers to adults, who feel powerless to stop the climate emergency. Email Kathy Smith to sign up.

Alternate Wednesdays starting Sept 16, 7:00-8:00pm; 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.

Christ Church offers seasonal programs for Advent and Lent, as well as longer Saturday morning workshops on special topics throughout the year. Workshops offer opportunities to experience spiritually forming practices that speak to our minds, bodies, and souls. Topics may incorporate artwork, dream work, lectures, or time in nature. Our Advent session occurs during the Sunday school hours in December and our Lenten series takes place on Wednesday evenings in the weeks leading to Easter.

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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