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Adults

Our Adult Christian Education program offers a variety of Scripture-based programs that encourage group study, fellowship, and mission involvement. Some classes are held on Sunday mornings during the Church School hour; and others meet during the week or in the evenings.

Westminster also offers Aperture: Third Wednesdays one evening a month. Aperture brings speakers and seekers, authors and professors, formers, and reformers to help us focus more on God’s truth all around us. All are welcome!

Class offerings change from time to time as new interests develop within our congregation. Members and guests are invited to join any class at any time. We’re always happy to add new voices to the conversation!

Sunday Morning Church School for Adults

NEW Sunday Morning Elective:  The Pilgrim’s Compass: Finding and Following the God We Seek
Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, Begins Soon
Led by Cherrie Barton Henry

Faith is both personal and communal.  Come gain a pilgrim’s heart as we journey through Paul Lang’s The PIlgrim’s Compass: Finding and Following the God We Seek and explore the adventure of Christian discipleship. Register now and order the book

Bible Roundtable is called “the Roundtable” because the leader is more of a moderator than a lecturer. This class focuses on a specific book of the Bible and reads it verse by verse, going around the table, stopping at logical points for discussion. You need not be steeped in the Bible to see how these passages relate to what is happening in our lives and the community. Join Bible Roundtable on any Sunday! Don’t worry if you are coming in the middle of a study, or if you can attend only on occasion. The leaders this year are Eric Wolf and Richard Terminello.

The Present Word is designed to meet the needs of regular participants, occasional attendees, and visitors. Volunteer Bible scholars lead each class, and the classes meet throughout the calendar year either in person or virtually. During the previous quarter, the Present Word class focused on the concept of “call” in the New Testament – the beginning of a call, calls in Jesus’ ministry, and the call of women. Texts under review during this quarter included the synoptic gospels, the Gospel of John, and the Book of Acts. This portion of our study will facilitate a quest to determine what God is calling us to do and what kind of people we are called to become.

Sojourners is focused on how to live one’s Christian beliefs in the challenges of contemporary society. Leadership of the class is voluntary and rotates each Sunday. Sojourners is committed to providing a space where all opinions are welcome, where class participants can listen to those who may have differing views, and come away having grown in their love for one another and others in our world. Recent studies have included a reading of The Justice Project. Edited by Brian McLaren, Elisa Padilla, and Ashley Bunting, the book presents a collection of brief essays from authors around the globe which “invite readers to deepen their understanding of the pressures our world faces and take up the challenge of alleviating them. Never has the world been in greater need of Christians who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. This resource will help them do just that.”

Short-Term Electives for adults are developed to meet the ever-changing needs of our congregation. Adults, married and single, with or without children, parents of elementary-aged children and youth, empty-nesters, and retired folks will all find relevant studies and discussions designed for forming faith in real life. Our short-term electives are offered on Sunday mornings during the Church School hour.

Bible & Book Studies for Adults

Bible and book studies are open to members and guests alike. You’re invited to attend any of these at any time; there’s no problem with joining a study mid-topic. We love it when new voices join the conversation.

Monday Morning Study Group:  This group recently read and discussed Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Wilson-Hartgrove, a native of Durham who has presented in our Aperture series, shares his story of grappling with white supremacy’s systemic abuses of power as he discovered that his Christianity was the religion of the slaveholder. As one reviewer wrote, this is “a poignant, compelling, and eye-opening journey that recognizes the racism in us, Christian churches today, and the implicit bias of the dominant culture. The blinders come off through stories, history, and creative biblical insight. We are left amazingly hopeful for ourselves and the church…”

Doorways:  A women’s prayer and Bible study group that meets Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

Men’s Book Study:  Come on “out” without leaving the comfort of your home and join this men’s book discussion group! Recent studies include Caste,  by Isabel Wilkerson, and The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, by Jon Meacham. Newcomers and “drop-ins” are always welcome!

Doorways:  A women’s prayer and Bible study group that meets Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00am

Seekers:  A women’s fellowship Bible study group that meets the second Monday evening of each month at 7:15pm

Register for an Adult Study Group/Class