The Bible at 9:30 a.m.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m., "The Bible Speaks: What Does the Bible Say About...?"
Do we really believe in Predestination? Do we really have free will? Do you have a soul? Does God judge us? What is heaven like? Have you ever wondered about these questions? Do you have some more? Join the class to explore the major doctrines of the Christian faith and the “so what’s” of why they matter to our lives and our world. The Bible is the source book of our Christian faith and we will turn to it for guidance. The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome to attend this solid biblical study and robust discussion.
- September 23 -The Authority of Scripture
- September 30 - Interpreting Scripture
- October 7 - A Pastor Talks about Faith
- October 14 - What Is God Like?
- October 21 - What Is a Covenant
- October 28 - What Is Predestination? What Does Predestination Really Say about God?
First Friends 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 Friends page.
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.
September 23 - “Christians View Today’s Political Divide: The Sarasota Statement”
Presenter Rev. Katherine Baker is the chaplain and Coordinator for Spiritual Care at Mercy Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Gun Violence and Gospel Values Series
Session has asked the Adult Education Committee to provide educational opportunities that address gun violence and gospel values and that identify priority actions to be implemented. Classes on September 30 and October 7 will host experts on the topic and representatives of organizations that are addressing the issue. Presentations and discussions will guide our individual and congregational thinking and action.
September 30 - Local Responses To Gun Violence: What Can Be Done?”
Rev. Barb McRae, Presbyterian Pastor and Mothers Demand Action Against Violence Faith Engagement lead. Rev. McRae will review PC(USA) theology, GA policy, and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship action ideas on gun violence prevention, and will provide an overview of current gun legislation and the NRA. She will outline the ongoing work with our state legislature, the BeSafe parent gun safety program, gun violence survivors support, and other local opportunities to volunteer on gun violence prevention. In addition to her work with Mothers Demand Action Against Violence, Rev. McRae has served churches in the Presbytery of Detroit for 21 years as Associate and Interim Solo Pastor.
October 7 - What do Jesus and my personal experiences have to say about gun violence in contemporary society?
Dwight L. Wilson will speak as an African-American religious leader who grew up in a family where both sides actively participated in the gun culture. Mr. Wilson, pastor and current member of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, serves on the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission and chairs the Subcommittee on Police Oversight.
October 14 - Reclaiming Jesus: Revisiting the Church-State Relationship
In historical studies of the church-state relationship, three main proposals have emerged: (1) the state upholds the church and promotes its worldview; (2) the state and the church are separate but acknowledge and support one another; and (3) the church is completely separate from the state, at best merely tolerating the state. Rev. Dr. Todd Cioffi, Associate Professor at Calvin College, will discuss the Reclaiming Jesus statement within the history of church-state relations. Dr. Cioffi will also present at a First Forum at 12:15.
October 21 - Getting in Line: Immigration Enforcement on the Mexican Border
Amanda Craft discusses lessons she has learned about the plight of immigrants on the U.S.-Mexican border, highlighting obstacles to supportive policies. Ms. Craft works with the Presbyterians for Just Immigration to mobilize Presbyterian-related congregations and organizations to promote civil and human rights of immigrants and helps coordinate network training opportunities for leaders. Ms. Craft will also present at a First Forum at 12:15.
October 28 - We Are One Body: Race & the Gospel in Detroit
Rev. Kevin Johnson examines how issues of identity (gender, race, and more) divide us. Using concepts from the Reclaiming Jesus study guide, he will focus on realities that divide people, and efforts made to bridge those divides in the city and Presbytery of Detroit. Rev. Johnson is a retired Presbyterian pastor, has served as a chaplain in both prison and hospital settings, is a former member of the Sojourners Community in Washington, D.C., and recently retired as pastor/head of staff at Calvary PC(USA) in Detroit. He serves on the Social Witness Policy Advisory Committee and the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.
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.