In our Christian education programs for adults we value thoughtful reading, critical thinking, and the open exchange of ideas. We often raise more questions than we answer. We want people to think as individuals, but we also believe that spiritual growth involves the movement of the Spirit in the community. We always strive to listen well and learn from one another, since Christ is often revealed to us in the word of our neighbor. Everyone is welcome to participate in these programs -- you don't have to be a member.
Here are some of the regular opportunities for adult learning at St. Paul's.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
During the school year we offer this weekly Bible study where anybody can come to read and discuss one of the scripture lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Childcare isn't provided, but children are welcome to come along and play in the nursery across the hall from our meeting room. Come as you are -- no preparation necessary. Fresh-brewed coffee and (usually) homemade treats are served.
Periodically we gather small groups to discuss a book of theological or social interest. Titles have included "Hot Dogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life's Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age" by Rob Schindler; "Finding Our Way Again: Return of the Ancient Practices" by Brian McLaren; and "Living Gently in a Violent World" by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas.
Advent and Lenten Devotionals
During Advent and Lent, the seasons of preparation for Christmas and Lent, we invite people to contribute written reflections to a daily devotional that we self-publish for the whole church community to read and share together.
Periodically we offer a half- or full-day church retreat around a particular theme. Past themes have included the practice of forgiveness and the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.