During the program year (September through May) Sundays from 9:00-10:00 am in the Youth Room. One of our church values is life-long learning. The Adult Forum is a welcoming, engaging opportunity for adults to explore faith and the biblical tradition. Come for the forum at 9:00, enjoy coffee fellowship at 10:00, and then worship at 10:30.
January 26: Second Great Awakening in 19th Century America, Alan Tuchtenhagen
A major turning point for American Christianity was The Second Great Awakening in the 1800s. The movement resulted in a dramatic increase in church attendance, was closely tied to the temperance and abolitionist movements, and provided support for the women’s rights movement. This forum will be of interest to anyone who enjoys American history and will be the first of several upcoming Adult Forums on the role of religion in America’s past.
February 2: The Gospel of Mary, Stacy Myers
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is a collection of 13 papyrus books that were buried near the city of Nag Hammadi in Egypt, likely at the end of the fourth century. One of the books is the Gospel of Mary (of Magdala), the only known gospel ascribed to a woman. Come to explore this gospel.
February 9: Freedom of Worship, Alan Tuchtenhagen
This session will discuss Roger Williams and his efforts to establish freedom of religion in early colonial America. The focus will be on early religious life among New England Puritans (the ancestors of today’s UCC church), Williams’ life and controversial ideas, his long term influence on our understanding of religious freedom in America, and how his legacy affects religious discourse even today.
February 16: Today’s Worship Texts, Stacy Myers
Adult Forum participants will explore the Bible texts used for worship on this day. Come to explore and discuss.
February 23: The God of Israel, Rebecca Ferguson
The forum will include a 30-minute DVD presentation by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine followed by discussion.
Would you like to know more about the life and ministry of our church? During this 90-minute class you will meet other newcomers to the congregation, learn more about our congregation, and find ways you can participate in our faith community. Led by Pastor Chris and other church leaders, this is the first step in becoming a member of the church. Lunch and childcare are provided. Please sign up with the church office.