Our congregation is embarking on a wonderful new journey in Christian formation.  We’re opening our own online school  This means we’ll be able to take courses together on a variety of topics including scripture and many areas of personal and spiritual growth.  

Some courses are taught by experts through videos, while other courses will follow a more traditional format with at-home readings and questions for reflection. Each time a course is introduced, we’ll meet by Zoom to discuss what we’re learning. Online School will allow us to learn what we want, when we want, and at our own pace. While we need to keep our distance, we’ll still be able to learn and connect with one another as we do so. Here are our first two course offerings:

Online School for May:  The Bible 
Small Group Conversations via Zoom on Wednesdays, May 13, 20, and 27, 7:00pm

Our first all-online course offering for the month of May is a course on the Bible! It’s called Animate: Bible.  The Bible — like God, like humanity — is complex, and crying out for interpretation. And though we may have fraught relationships with how the Bible has been taught, we can find unending grace and freedom if we open it — and ourselves — to new interpretation. In this course, you will gain perspectives on canon, history, testaments, gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace from seven Christian thought leaders.

This course includes three sessions. Each lesson includes brief videos by well-known biblical scholars, optional quizzes for those who like to check their understanding, and deeper questions to help you integrate your learning. Our Zoom meetings will pick up on those discussion questions. Zoom meetings will take place on Wednesdays in May at  7:00pm. 

Online School for June:  Practices
Small Group Conversations via Zoom:  Mondays, June 1, 8. 15. 22, and 29, 7:00pm

What are essential practices for a Christian way of life? Gain perspectives on prayer, food, worship, sacraments, money, service, and community from seven Christian thought leaders.  

For each Animate: Practices session, participants will watch a video on their own. Each video features  a leading voice from the Christian faith. Students will spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group when we gather via Zoom. 

Both courses will be by Marietta Wynands, our Director of Christian Education. Sign up now for one or both courses. Please contact Marietta with any questions.

You may also join one of our ongoing Bible groups that are meeting via Zoom.  Learn more