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
For anyone interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world, it’s important to realize that his actions and teachings didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In fact, early Judaism and Jesus are two subjects so inextricably linked that one cannot arrive at a true understanding of Jesus without understanding the time in which he lived and taught.
Our Sunday morning adult education class is learning about this linked relationship in a DVD course with the title Jesus and His Jewish Influences taught by Dr. Jodi Magness, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The class is just 55 minutes long, meeting in the church library at 9:00 am, an hour before the Sunday morning worship service. The 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.