Our Adult Education program coursework is responsive, meaning we tend to study what the group who gather are most interested in. Last year we took on the challenge of an in-depth study of the Torah, with Michael Coogin’s text, The Old Testament. This year we decided to study the Gospel of Mark. We spent the spring semester walking with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem with Marcus Borg’s The Gospel of Mark, from the Conversations with Scripture series.
We also have two book groups (one that meets during the day, and another that meets in the evenings). Again, they are responsive in that the group chooses what they will be reading. Recent titles include: Christ of the Celts by J. Philip Newell, Listening for the Heartbeat of God, also by Newell, and Walking Home; From Eden to Emmaus, by Margaret Guenther.
During certain seasons of the year, it’s not uncommon for us to follow a particular text in our spiritual exploration as a parish. Nina incorporates the text in her preaching during that season, and those who would like to follow along are encouraged to do so. It makes for lively, engaged conversations together and enriches our worship experience as well. Recently we have walked with: The Desert Mothers; Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness by Mary C. Earle, My Soul in Silence Waits; Meditations on Psalm 62, by Margaret Guenther, Anam Cara; A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue, and The Book of Creation, by J. Philip Newell.