There are a variety of Adult Education program options at Shalom. Our interests are to foster an environment where people explore how to live their faith in a way that integrates into their world view. Topics often focus on religious history, theological development, and a deeper understanding of the Bible.
Sunday Morning Class
We have adult education classes on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. In September, 2017, the Sunday morning class started a new course, “Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication”. The course deals with the varieties of belief and practice in the early days of Christianity before the church had decided what was theologically acceptable and determined which books should be included in its canon of Scripture. The course consists of 24 half hour DVD lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. We anticipate that the course will continue each Sunday morning till March, 2018.
The class is just 55 minutes long, meeting in the church library at 9:00 am, an hour before the Sunday morning worship service. Class format consists of a 30 minute DVD presentation by the teaching professor, leaving the remainder of class time for discussion.
Lectionary Study Groups
There are two groups that meet during the week to discuss the upcoming Sunday lectionary. One group is for men and women and one group is for women.
There are two book groups that meet through the month:
- Read 'n' Feed meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a restaurant lunch and for discussion of a book previously chosen by the group.
- Book Talk meets every third Friday for a brown-bag lunch discussion at the church. For those interested, there is a Spanish conversation class discussion prior to the book talk.