Our life of learning more of God and from each other continues on Sunday mornings during the Christian Education hour.
Christian Education classes will not be meeting during the summer. New classes will be offered in the fall.
For a sample of the type of classes that we offer, the following classes met from January-May, 2019:
A Hunger for Healing uses J. Keith Miller’s book, A Hunger for Healing: The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth. This book serves as an introduction to the Twelve Steps. The Steps are presented as spiritual tools for living, growing, and healing that can be used by anyone. The class goes through the Steps one at a time by reading the book (in class), viewing an accompanying series of video interviews, along with sharing and discussion. Previous experience with the 12 Steps IS NOT required. This class is organized by Steve Rolfe.
Unsettling the Word. Led by Sarah Werner & Katie Graber
In this class, we will explore Indigenous/Settler relations in North America: the colonial context, the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, and current issues in the Mennonite Church. We will discuss Indigenous cultures and influences on Christianity, including recent efforts to decolonize theology and reinterpret scripture from Indigenous perspectives. We will consider how our worship practices can lament and challenge historical and current injustices.
Stamped from the Beginning Second Half: the definitive history of racist ideas in America. Led by Adam Glass
Racism seems to have a new breath in recent years, but is this America? Ibram X. Kendi's National book award winner explores the history of racist ideas in America, showing that even as we've made racial progress, racism has progressed in equal step. His engaging historic look at racist thought and policy in America posits that racist ideas are manufactured to justify racial policy. He answers the question where have we come from and where can we go from here?
Bible Study: Ruth. Meets March 10 - May 19. Led by Joel Miller
The book of Ruth is small but mighty. Centered on the Israelite Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth, a foreigner, the story touches on issues of famine, migration, grief, non-traditional families, covenant, economic stratification, social safety nets, workplace harassment, sex and marriage, genealogy and identity and continuity of a people. Our study will cover the entire text of Ruth, and incorporate contemporary issues as they appear. No prior biblical knowledge necessary. Bring a Bible or use one provided.