Adult Education

Several programs provide religious and other instruction geared to adults. Organized by Eric Thomas, Director of Adult Christian Education, these programs are open to all who are interested (members and non-members), and typically occur at different times and days of the week so that a convenient session might be found.  The Autumn programming is listed below. 


Fall/WinterProgramming 2016/2017

Wednesday Adult Ed 

The Elliot Room, 7:00PM - 8:30PM



14   Trauma and the Police - Community Relationship -Jim Johnson discusses his essay featured in The Washington Post followed by a conversation about the local effects for the mission of First Church.

21   Meditations for Peace - The United Nations declared September 21st World Peace Day. Harriette Mandeville will lead a meditation followed by a discussion of world issues and our hopes for international peace.

28   Dying to Live / Theologies of the Body and Embodiment - An introduction to a series of conversations about embodiment, words made into flesh, and the body in theological expressions.


05  Dying for God/Christian martyrdom - The story of Perpetua and Felicitas explores the complexities of gender in the constructions of Christian martyrdom and sainthood.

12   Dying for God/Christian martyrdom - The story of Blandina and the martyrs of Lyon and Vienne explores how the torture and confession of slaves helped shape Christian martyrdom.

19   Dying for God/Latin American Liberation - A discussion of selected writings by Oscar Romero and John Sobrino whose death shaped the underpinnings of liberation theology within the histories of Latin America.

26   Living for God through Dance - An exploration of liturgical movement and religious inspired choreography including sections from Alvin Ailey's Revelations.

For the complete Wednesday programming, please click here.



Sunday Adult Education

The Thurman Room, 10AM - 10:50AM

Traditional bible study in relation to issues and questions of our times.


September 18 - October 30 

James - Is faith without works dead? These and other questions of Christian responsibility will be explored through weekly readings from the Epistle of James.


November 6, 13, 27

1 John - If we say we love God whom we have not seen, yet say we do not love our brother or sister whom we can see, are we being hypocritical? What is at stake? Is reconciliation possible?


December 4, 11, 18

Daniel - Advent meditations are generated from the lion's den, the fiery furnace, and the coming of the Son of Man, as we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.


January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 

Ephesians - What does it mean to put on the full armor of God? This and other questions will be considered in light of the season of Epiphany and hopes for the New Year.

For the complete Sunday programming, please click here.



Youthful Fellowship

2nd Fridays (except in September & April)

The Thurman Room, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Welcomes adults under 40 for conversations about faith and life.


September 16, 2016

October 14, 2016

November 11, 2016

December 9, 2016

January 13, 2017

February 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

April 21, 2017

May 12, 2017

June 9, 2017

Other Adult Education Opportunities

Inquirers Class is for those who are seeking more information about what it means to be a member of our church, and what it means to be a Presbyterian. You are not required to join after attending the classes, but attendance at the classes (usually two classes on adjacent Saturdays) is required before you can become a member. Read more about the Inquirers Class.

The Men's Fellowship and the Women's Ministry offer classes and study sessions as part of their programs. Check out the programs offered by the Men's Fellowship and the programs offered by the Women's Ministry.

From time to time the congregation or portions of the congregation go on retreat. Read more about church retreats.


Adult Education is under the guidance of the Adult Education and Spiritual Life Committee.


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