Church school resumes for all ages this week. Below are the offerings for adults.
PCUSA General Assembly: In June, Winston Barham attended the biennial General Assembly, our denomination’s largest governing body, as a Ruling Elder Commissioner on behalf of the Presbytery of the James. There was work, there was worship, there was connection with Presbyterians around the world in St. Louis. Come and hear about Winston’s experience and bring your questions about the work of General Assembly and our connections with the larger church (Winston Barham, Room 209).
Group discussion on the novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Taylor: Join us as we discuss The Hate U Give, recent headlines, and the multitude of social-justice issues this acclaimed novice novelist has raised. This best-selling book has been recommended/required reading in local high schools, and opposed by other organizations nationally. What’s so controversial? How can we be positive influences in our society? We’ll grapple with these questions by using other media as well, and taking resources developed by other discussion groups, but adapted to our use in #Charlottesville. What’s applicable here? What isn’t? From whose perspective? How do we break down barriers? What are we called to do, and be? Please read the book before class starts so that our discussions can be as productive and focused as possible. Many copies of the book are available in the church library (Sarah Bedford, Zanne MacDonald, and Gail and Ron Wiley, Library).
Faith and Family: No matter where you may be on the parenting journey, join us in an open conversation each week where we explore a variety of topics from screen time to cultivating gratitude and beyond. Together we will move through our collective hopes and fears, bolstered by fellowship and food. How can we guide our children to the light when it’s hard for us to see it? How do we raise our children to be caring, engaged members of the community in a society that emphasizes self-centeredness above all? Let’s look for answers together as we create a network of parents at WPC (Adrienne Kim Bird, Molly Peck, Elizabeth Schlipper, Derry Wade, Lounge).
Contemporary Theology Class: The class begins the fall with a study of Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes, edited by Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland and published by the Workgroup on Constructive Theology in 2005 with 50 contributors. As described by the publisher, the editors “have devised a text that allows students to experience the deeper point of theological questions, to delve into the fractures and disagreements that figured in the development of traditional Christian doctrines, and to sample the diverse and conflicting theological voices that vie for allegiance today.” It is available from Amazon in several varieties. Subsequent studies will be selected by the class (Choir Classroom).
Opening Doors: The Opening Doors class welcomes all adults and is especially designed to accommodate those with mental and/or physical challenges. Music, fellowship, and sharing of biblical stories from both the Old and New Testament are the foundations of the class. Participants also have the option of sitting together during worship service. If transportation is needed, Jaunt service usually is available. Opening Doors was started in 1992 by leaders at Westminster, including Joyce and Forrest Kerns, Lee Walters, Kathie Beard, and Virginia Fisher. Inclusion of all is the hallmark of the class. If you have questions, please contact Leanna Whitmore (email@example.com) (All year -Room 208).