Our Adult Education committee is actively pursuing ways for our congregation to stay connected, and learn, through small groups, new classes, and incorporating technology. Stay tuned for further developments, and if you have an interest in helping in this effort, call the church office 919-847-1913.
Fall Adult Education
Adult education is back for the fall! Due to covid-19, we will be offering all of our adult education courses via Zoom and will begin September 20. Below is a short description of each class. We are excited to offer some new courses. To find out more about each course and who to contact if you are interested, please click here.
Once you have chosen a course, we request that you email the contact provided for that course. There is a limit of 35 people per course, so please plan accordingly. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email from the contact with Zoom meeting time and information.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact David Finch at email@example.com or 704-747-0463.
Race, Religion and Reconciliation
Organized around key topics in America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis, we will be informed by selected passages from the book; engage in small group discussion to facilitate mutual understanding and action; and be strengthened by scripture and prayer. Between sessions, participants will be directed toward public domain videos that will introduce us to fresh insights and voices, especially those of our brothers and sisters of color.
Led by Rev John and Rev Diane, this class will be an opportunity for us to learn together. Small group discussions will be facilitated by a volunteer leader to make sure conversations are respectful and all get to share and to listen.
Participants will need to register by June 26 and must be able to access Zoom with both audio and video. Upon registering you will receive an email with the Zoom link and some pre-class materials to review.
Click here to watch a three minute video introduction to “American’s Original Sin” by Jim Wallis
We are no longer taking sign ups but the class will be offered again in the next few months.
Resources for Race, Religion and Reconciliation Class
Session 1: Understanding Racism (June 30):
Where Are You on this Chart? (Becoming Anti-Racist, created by Andrew Ibrahim, MD):
Holy Post: Race in America Video: Click here to watch.
Racism is Real Video: Click here to watch.
A Conversation about Growing Up Black Video: Click here to watch.
Session 1 Outline: Click the link to view the pdf: Race Religion Reconciliation Session 1.docx
Click the link to view the pdf: Building-a-Common-Language
Session 2: Race & Religion (July 7):
PDF of Chapter 6 from America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis, A Segregated Church or Beloved Community? Jennings The Principality of Whiteness
How Christian Slaveholders Used the Bible to Justify Slavery (short simple overview highlighting use of some key scripture texts): Click here to watch.
Video overview of circumstances around Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (5 minutes): Click here to watch.
PDF excerpt from Willie James Jennings, “Overcoming a Racial Faith” explaining how “whiteness” as a construct has become normative and the standard by which all others are judged: Jennings The Principality of Whiteness
PDF of scripture passages presented by Dr. Juan Carmona: Scripture passages J. Carmona
PDF of multicultural images of Jesus: Segregated Church Or Beloved Community Ch 6 scan
Session 3: Reconciliation (July 14)
Chapter 4, Jim Wallis, Repentance Means More than Just Saying You’re Sorry: Click here to view the PDF
Excerpts from Chapter 1, Kelly Brown Douglass, The Black Christ and reflection questions: Click here to view the pdf
Brief (2 min) video from NT Wright on Repentance: Click here to view.
Barna Church and Racial Reconciliation Statistics: Click here to view.
Chart/Exposition on the White/Black Christ (Diane’s notes): Click here to view.
Video clip (8 min.) Golden Girls TV Series “What Am I Supposed to Do?”: Click here to view.
Session 4: Putting it All Together (July 21):
Chapter 10, Jim Wallis, Crossing the Bridge to a New America. This chapter is fairly long… if your time is limited, I suggest reading pp 187-190 (Where do we Go from Here), and 214-219 (Congregations): Click here to view.
Brief video (4 min) featuring Jim Wallis discussing Discomfort/Faith in Practice https://youtu.be/