Adult Christian Education
There is a lot going on. Please check the events listings for the latest educational opportunities. Of special note, the church hosts an adult education program called Journeys, as described here. This is a member led class that organizes and selects its programs independent of the church.
As the 21st century arrived, the Issues (adult church school) Class had been a long-standing part of PCCR, meeting around a large table in the church library on Sunday mornings. In the late summer of 2005, a new adult study curriculum called Living the Questions became available. The resource invitation read: “Explore a kind of Christianity that makes sense today. Living the Questions provides the theological grounding, rationale, and vocabulary to help you articulate the foundations of Progressive Christianity.”
The Class name was soon changed to Journeys to more accurately reflect the exploration. A welcome folder affirms: “Journeys is an adult church school class for faith-traveling partners who are at various places along the Way in their quest for spiritual maturity…The Class offers an experience in ecumenical theological education.” Also viewed as spiritual formation, participants anticipate “a process, not a product; a journey, not a destination; intentional, transformational and relational; and a life-long quest.”
The Class gathers each Sunday morning at 8:15 in the church library with the one-hour study session beginning at eight-thirty. All faith-traveling persons are welcome to participate.
Beginning in January, Barbara Brown Taylor will visit the Class each week through the insights of her latest book [#14]: Holy Envy, Finding God in the Faith of Others. A New York Times best selling author, teacher and former Episcopal priest, she describes herself as a “writer, speaker and spiritual contrarian.” Taylor has served on five academic faculties and is the recipient of nine Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. Currently she lives with her husband in rural Georgia and teaches at Piedmont College. The series includes discussion of Buddhism, Christianity. Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
Men’s Bible Study Group
This is a small group of men who meet on Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Coffee, donuts, and good fellowship provided. Everyone is welcome to join in! Facilitator: George Shoemaker – 970-586-2901.
Morning Break Women’s Bible Study
On Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. (Sept. – May) in Room 6 this group meets on the lower level of Church. They are an ecumenical, inter-generational women’s Bible study and prayer group. They begin with prayer requests, and prayers followed by the study. Several years ago, the group decided to study the Bible chronologically. Any interested women are welcome to join! Facilitator: Patti Dolezal – 970-586-7382.
Presbyterian Women’s Horizons Bible Study
This group of women meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Church Library. They are committed to nurturing their faith through prayer and Bible study, supporting the mission of the Church worldwide and building an inclusive, caring community of women to strengthen the PCUSA and witness to the promise of God’s kingdom. The Women’s Bible Study from “Horizons” magazine published by PW. Facilitators: Ginny Thompson – 970-577-1786 and Kathleen Black – 970-577-0854.