Adult Education

Believing that we are all on a faith journey, we offer Bible-based study and discussion about where our faith leads us in the world at large. Come, join us for coffee, spiritual enrichment, lively discussions and time with members of Saint Giles family.

Adult Education Sunday Morning Opportunities

CLASS ONE

This isn't a class per se, but another way to connect and engage with other adults during the Sunday School hour.

Do you drop your child off for Sunday School?

 

If you drop your child off but do not want to participate in formal adult Christian Education you can stop by the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School hour for conversation and light refreshments. Jennifer Gospodarek is hosting this informal discussion group. Discussions may include parenting concerns but the content is entirely up to you!

CLASS TWO

This class explores modern day topics and connects them to our faith. 

October 6:

Our Topic is: Can Computers Grow All the Meat and Vegetables We Need In the Future?

 

What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper's "food computers" and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like.   For nutrition, there is zero need for meat in our diet.  Why do we eat so much of it?  Because we like it!  All the studies made over the years have failed to significantly change our meat-eating habits.  This TED idea could change everything.

 

October 13

Our Topic is: What are the lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and is there a better way to live?

 

Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: “We're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out?” Based on his travels across the United States -- and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as "weavers" -- Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy. 

 

October 20

Our Topic is:  How Do Trees Talk to Each Other

A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. This TED talk is a springboard for an experiment among us in the room to see how vast is our influence – how deep and wide is our interconnectedness in ways that may not be obvious until we “look deep into the forest.”

 

October 26

Our Topic is: We Have Tools that can merge a mosquito with an Elephant.*   So…? CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever. More than anything, the technology has led to questions: How will this new power affect humanity? What are we going to use it to change? Are we gods now? Join journalist Jennifer Kahn as she ponders these questions and shares a potentially powerful application of gene drives: the development of disease-resistant mosquitoes that could knock out malaria and Zika. 

Adult Education Midweek Opportunities

Saint Giles Mid-Week Bible Study

 

Our mid-week Bible Study is ramping up for another year of faith development and fellowship.

 

We will begin this year’s Bible Study with Song of Songs. Song of Songs is a collection of love poems and is one of the “spiciest” texts in the Bible, which begs the questions:

  • Why is this in the Bible?

  • How are supposed to relate to these poems?

  • How could these poems impact our lives?

 

There are two “sections” of the Saint Giles Mid-Week Bible Study:

  • The Thursday afternoon section meets from 2pm-3pm. It is an in-depth study that requires preparation (reading texts and commentary) and involves group reflection and discussion. We begin and end on time.

    • The Thursday afternoon section will meet:

      • September 12, 19 & 25

      • October 3 and 10

  • The Monday evening section meets from 6pm-7pm. This is more of an overview study in which Katherine does the majority of the teaching. Participants are invited to read portions of the text. We being and end on time.

    • The Monday evening section will meet:

      • September 30, October 7 and October 14

Sign-up/registration is not required, but are helpful in Katherine’s preparation. Please contact the office: office@saintgiles.org

Looking Ahead:

 

Katherine and Vanna will host/facilitate a reading group in October and November. We will read and discuss “Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation Into a Powerhouse For Mission.”

 

The book has been selected by the Reverend Cindy Kohlmann and Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, the co-moderators of the PC(USA).

The book explores how to be present in our neighborhoods and provides case-study examples of ways to work and connect with our neighbors.

 

Learn more why our co-moderators chose this book: https://www.pcusa.org/news/2019/2/27/co-moderators-announce-new-book-study/

 

We will have a daytime group and an evening/weekend group – watch for more details!

CLASS THREE

This class is a traditional bible study that explores the book of Acts.  The study is written by Charles C. Williams.  

The death and resurrection of Jesus are not the end of the Good News, but only the beginning.  In Acts, Luke tells the story of workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles and in the early church.  The ascension of Jesus becomes, then, the beginning of the life of believers, who are empowered by the Spirit to follow their Lord and make known the message of God's saving acts in Christ. 

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