Adult Education

Adult Bible Class

Sundays, September 15 – November 24, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.  (no session October 20)

This fall, we will study the Book of Exodus, the 2nd of the five book Jewish Pentateuch [the five scrolls attributed to Moses] or Torah [five books of the Law given by God which comprise the first part of the Hebrew bible]. An ancient Hebrew title for this book, “The Book of the Departure from Egypt” – Exodus Aigyptou, as translated into Greek – expresses its central theme. Join us for this ten-week exploration of the life of Moses, beginning with his birth and culminating in the creation of the community which would become ancient Israel.

 Download the curriculum:  CCD Bible Study 2019

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.

Episcopal 101

Sundays, September 15-October 13, 2019, 9:30-10:20 a.m. plus Saturday evening, October 19

Curious about the Episcopal Church? Want to learn about hymns and prayers, such as those in the Book of Common Prayer? What is the Church’s history and why does it matter now? What are some of the Church’s teachings about justice? How is the Episcopal Church organized, what does leadership look like, how is money used, and how are decisions made? Join the Rev. Emily and special guests for this exploration. The course, if desired, can serve as preparation for confirmation or adult affirmation of faith during Bishop Gibbs’ visit on Sunday, November 3, 2019.