Adult Education

Toothmarks on the Lectionary

Every Sunday, 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the Dorcas Room.  Morning participants will read the Bible texts for the 10:30 a.m. worship service that day. Classes include pastoral participation and background material to help prepare more fully for worship and listening to the sermon. Location: Dorcas Room

Sunday Mornings - 9:15 a.m. - Adult Education  -  Chapel

March 26, and April 2
The Lord's Prayer
Dr. Richard L. Rohrbaugh

The Lord’s Prayer is the best-known prayer in the world.  It has been translated into more than 500 languages and recited in every part of the world.  It has also suffered the sad fate of an over-familiarity that has ground the cutting edges off its peasant origins. In this class, we will peel back the layers of sentimental nonsense that have encrusted the prayer over the centuries and ask what it sounded like in the villages and rural areas of first century Galilee.  It is fair to say you will be surprised. The Rohrbaugh classes will be in the Great Hall.

No classes on Palm Sunday, April 9, and Easter Sunday, April 16

April 23
The Children of God: The Story of Christianity's First, Unbelievable Creed
Dr. Stephen Patterson

If you think race, class, and gender are strictly modern concerns, you'll be surprised to learn that these issues lie at the heart of Christianity's first creed. When the first Christians were baptized they said: We are all children of God, no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.  In these talks, Professor Patterson will tell the story of Christianity's forgotten first creed. There is also a class on Sunday, April 23.

April 30
Health Care: Everybody In, Everybody Out
Dr. Eugene Uphoff

In the U.S., we spend more per person on healthcare than the next 10 biggest spending nations. One might think we'd have better healthcare outcomes, but we don’t.  Dr. Uphoff contends the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has done some good, but it has not made us healthier—that it’s too expensive, too complex, and too bureaucratic.  Dr. Uphoff will share his view that a single-payer system would remove the profit motivation and would make people’s health the priority. Questions? You will not want to miss this session sponsored by the Mission and Service Committee.

May 7 & 14
Global Christianity
Karen Murphy

This class will look at the nature of modern global Christianity as it exists today in parts of the world such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is a topic of importance since the majority of Christians no longer reside in the “global north” but the “global south.” What characteristics do these churches have, and what can we learn from them?

May 21
How Does the Church Think About Its Future?
Margaret Marcuson

Someone said, “If the 1950s come back again, the church will be ready!” Of course, it’s 2017, and that’s not going to happen. Instead, let’s consider how to thoughtfully prepare for ministry right now and into the future. This session will address:

  • ways to respond with more clarity, calm, and creativity to our changing world;

  • spiritual, emotional, and practical resources the church and its leaders will need;

  • how to collaborate with others to make a difference for those near and far.

No class on Sunday, May 28 (Memorial Day Weekend)

 

Adult Education -  it’s not just for Sundays anymore

Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. , the Great Hall
The Children of God: The Story of Christianity's First, Unbelievable Creed
Dr. Stephen Patterson

If you think race, class, and gender are strictly modern concerns, you'll be surprised to learn that these issues lie at the heart of Christianity's first creed. When the first Christians were baptized they said: We are all children of God, no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.  In these talks, Professor Patterson will tell the story of Christianity's forgotten first creed. 

Bible Study on Romans
First Thursdays, 2:00 pm            
The Rev. Gregg Neel      

We will read portions each month and talk about the questions we have about the text and how the text might inform our living. Bring your Bible if you have a favorite; we'll supply Bibles for those who don't bring one. Gallery.


Family Education Classes

June 4
Bible and Biscuits

The Children's Committee is offering a learning opportunity for the whole family called "Bible and Biscuits." We will meet at 9:15 a.m. in the lower education wing in room 5B and begin with breakfast. Then families will be directed to different learning areas where the whole family will be invited into various Bible story learning experiences.

 

"Exploring Membership" Classes

Whether or not you're ready to become a Westminster member, in our “Exploring Membership” classes you are invited to learn what it means to be Presbyterian and consider opportunities for spiritual growth and meaningful mission. These classes are generally offered three to four times per year, either on Saturdays or Sundays. Childcare is available on request. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested so we can adequately prepare. For more information, please contact the Reverend Laurie Lynn Newman at lnewman@westprespdx.org or 503-287-1289 x 115.

Additional Opportunities

We have more educational activities offered in small-group settings, including a variety of book groups. Please check out our Community Life page for more information.