Adult Education bridges our faith tradition with real life.
Adult Education for 2023-24
Join us at 9:15am on Sundays for a year of reading biblically—entering the scriptures and exploring the world that they contain. We’ll follow the course of the Older Testament, from primordial waters to prophetic witness, with stops along the way for family squabbles, feats of great escape, scandalous affairs, bloody warfare, exquisite poetry, existential angst, a phonebook worth of names, the occasional sea monster, heightened moments of divine revelation, and all the other strange and wonderful things that constitute the books that we (and others) know as Holy Scripture—the sacred narrative of a love story between God and humanity, unfolding through time.
The Sunday morning series will begin September 17 and be in-person and on Livestream. Each session will be accessible as a stand-alone, but even more rewarding if you follow the series through. In addition to conversations among ourselves, visit the resource page for the series, which includes maps, timelines, and supplemental videos featuring academic experts in the field of Biblical studies.
Church in the Round will explore the Psalms in Lent 2024, providing space in a small group setting to contemplate scripture. Weekly gatherings will include a short video featuring Adult Education staff the Rev. Dr. Matt Skinner and the Rev. Margaret Fox, followed by a brief reflection or poem, scripture, and discussion. Learn more; register on Realm.
The Bible Then and Now
This occasional multi-week class explores themes from the Bible that relate to how we live out our faith. By looking deeper into the ways the Bible first spoke in its original cultural settings, we are better prepared to think faithfully and creatively about what Christian belief should be now, in our culture. Read about past classes.
All-Church Book Read
Please join us to read and discuss a book together in January. The January 2023 All-Church Book Read is Horse by Geraldine Brooks. For three Sundays in January Adult Education will host two discussions and a guest speaker on January 8, 22, and 29. The books will be for sale on Sunday mornings beginning November 13, 2022, and copies will be available in the library.
The All-Church Book Read began 20 years ago with the intent of expanding the resources used in Adult Education. The book choice is usually a work of fiction with subject matter worthy of discussion. The committee reads broadly throughout the year and then meets in the summer to discuss their selections. Contact the Rev. Margaret Fox if you are interested in joining the group.
Small groups at Westminster foster deepening faith, offer new insights to our changing world, and provide opportunities for broader connection in our community. Many groups are open throughout the year to new members, and are listed below.
A monthly small group exploring the joys and challenges of life’s third age will meet for six months to read and share together about their experiences. The group will rotate leadership. More on Third Age. Contact the Rev. Margaret Fox to join or to learn more.
Sunday Sermon Discussion
A weekly small group discussion of the Sunday sermons, possibly over a shared meal. Discussion leadership could rotate among group members and a set of possible discussion questions will be provided. A 6-week initial commitment is encouraged.
Couples Small Group
A regular (weekly or bi-monthly) couples small group meeting to fellowship together and offer support and prayer for the many seasons of a long-term relationship. A 6-month initial commitment is encouraged.
An LGBTQ small group continues to meet weekly and is open to new participants. This group is led by Terry McEowen.
Women’s Ministry Small Groups
Women’s Ministry is interested in initiating a couple of new small groups. Potential groups include one focusing on how grandparents can nurture the faith of their grandchildren, one that regularly gathers socially to welcome new women-identifying people in our community, and/or one that meets regularly to create together, including arts, crafts, and other making opportunities.
Men’s Ministry Small Groups
There is interest in expanding the number of small groups offered through men’s ministries. The existing men’s small groups have offered to walk alongside potential new groups to share their patterns and tips for success.
Join moms with children of all ages for guided conversation and fellowship. Led by Marie Kruskop, this group meets monthly on Friday evenings.
Family Matters is open to parents and caregivers with children of any age. This fall the group will look at Search Institute’s findings on building (and maintaining) strong parent-child relationships. This group meets on Sunday mornings and is led by Marie Kruskop.