Sunday Classes

The Bible at 9:30 a.m.

9:30 - 10:45 a.m., French Room/Library
Join us for Bible exploration, presentation and conversation. The Bible @ 9:30 continues an intriguing study of the book of Acts. The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome to attend this solid biblical study and robust discussion. Sunday, June 3 is the last class until fall.

First Couples at 9:30 a.m.

Come for spiritual growth, learning, fellowship and support for couples and individuals. To find out more about this group and to view the schedule, visit our First Couples page.

First Forums

First Forum is an opportunity for open dialogue, respect, and faithful disagreement. For upcoming dates and class descriptions, view our First Forums page.

 

Exploring the Faith at 11:00 a.m.

June 3

Exploring the Faith invites all to meet with the Nicaragua Mission Team at 11:00 a.m., in Monteith Hall. The team will share their experiences and stories from their recent trip to Quebrada Honda. Learn what happens when graduate students and retirees travel together to provide lights and electrical outlets in three classrooms. Learn how partnership and relationships are the foundation of successful mission work in a developing country. Learn how lives can be transformed during and after a trip.

Summer Book Series - Unbounded Love: Plentiful Joy

Finding joy, meaning, and purpose in a world that is often filled with suffering, doubt and loneliness is the heart of our Summer Book Series. The books, Credo by William Sloan Coffin and The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu, will be our guides for worship, conversation and mindful exploration of the contours of a world filled with suffering and the resources of our Christian faith. You may purchase them here or in the Church Office. Credo sells for $11 and The Book of Joy for $17. Buy the pair for $28.

Our summer worship on Sundays will be shaped by the themes of these two books. There will be two or more Summer Conversations each week to discuss the books, the themes of worship and preaching and this moment we find ourselves in.

Beginning in late June and continuing all summer, there will be a ConnectEd open conversation at 10:45 a.m. in the French Room/Library to explore the sermon, worship experience and the focus chapter of the books.

June - July: Credo

Credo by William Sloan Coffin
“I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap and then you grow wings,” says William Sloane Coffin. This short book overflows with passion, incisive thinking, political insights, and prophetic calls for action. It explores faith, hope and love; social justice and civil liberties; social justice and economic rights; patriotism; war and peace; nature; life in general; the church; and the end of life. In Credo Coffin challenges us and affirms a durable faith at the same time. “There is nothing anti-intellectual in the leap of faith, for faith is not believing without proof but trusting without reservation.” In a meditation on the line “Give us this day our daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer, Coffin says of Jesus: “How angry he must be with the way our government is now filling the rich with good things, and sending the poor empty away.” Coffin, a Presbyterian, served as chaplain of Yale University and Williams College, was senior minister at Riverside Church in New York City, and was President of SANE/ FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security.

July - September: The Book of Joy

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu
“There’s a Tibetan saying: ‘Wherever you have friends, that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.” Dali Lama How do we find joy in a world filled with suffering? That timeless question drives The Book of Joy, a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu woven into a narrative. As the two men reflect on their personal experiences, they impart advice for finding inner joy. The secret? Not thinking too much about yourself. The book is a three-layer cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own (and our) emotional and spiritual lives.

Additional Reading and Study Groups

Other small groups, such as reading groups and bible studies, are also available. For more information visit our Small Groups page.