Adult Education

Adult Bible Class

Sundays, through April 5th, 2020
9:30 – 10:20 a.m.  (no session March 15, 2020)

Beginning the First Sunday in Advent and continuing through Palm Sunday, the Adult bible Class
will read the Book of Deuteronomy, the last of the five books that comprise the Old Testament
Pentateuch. The contemporary interpreter Rabbi Jeffrey Tigay tells us, “In Deuteronomy, nothing
motivates Moses more than the need to overcome the people’s failure to recognize God’s capacity to meet all
their needs. . . Deuteronomy plays a major role in Jewish theology, since it is the book of the Bible that deals
most explicitly with matters of belief and attitude.” For us it is important because the Apostle Paul relied
heavily on the teaching in this book as he formulated his Christian understanding.

Each Sunday’s readings are independent, allowing continuity whether one is able to participate regularly or intermittently. We have an enjoyable time with these texts, and all are welcome. Our facilitator, Barbara Cushing, is a retired physician who earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy. Her areas of concentration were scriptural studies and theology & literature. 

Centering Prayer (Meditation)

Thursdays throughout the year at 11:00 a.m in Cary Lounge

“Meditation is one of the most ancient and universal of all spiritual practices, and it is the cornerstone of a wisdom encounter with Christ,” writes the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, in Wisdom Jesus. All are welcome to try the CCD Centering Prayer group. No experience is necessary, and simple instructions are given for newcomers. The hour-long meeting includes 20 minutes of silence, intercessory prayer, a brief reading, and informal sharing. If you have questions or are coming for the first time, please contact Kathryn Treece at treecekat@gmail.com, or call the office. Brochures about Centering Prayer are in the leaflet rack at church, or you may learn more at contemplativeoutreach.org.