Adult Education

The Art of Biblical Narrative led by Stuart Irvine
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom
October 4 – October 25
This class will examine well-known biblical stories, for example, Cain and Abel, the binding of Isaac, Jacob’s dream at Bethel, Judah and Tamar, Rahab the prostitute of Jericho, the tragedy of King Saul, and David and Goliath We will approach the literature with two main questions. (1) What literary artistry can we see in the stories? (2) What do the stories tell us about ancient Israelite religion and culture?   (These sessions will be recorded and will be uploaded to our Facebook feed)
https://lsu.zoom.us/j/95532201687 Meeting ID: 955 3220 1687

Poe’s Predicament – and Ours:  Allaying Anxiety in a Culture of Fear
Jerry Kennedy, leader
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom
November 1 – 22
This four week course compares attitudes about death across the centuries with modern anxiety in a secular “culture of fear,” we will look at a few tales and poems by Poe that anticipate our Job-like dilemma: living with divine silence and proliferating dangers in a fearful world. (These sessions will be recorded and will be uploaded to our Facebook feed) https://lsu.zoom.us/j/95532201687

Feasting on the Word – Adult Bible Study rotating leaders
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom (ongoing)
For each lectionary text, participants will find brief essays and discussions concerning the biblical texts. One review states,” A very helpful resource for those who use the lectionary in their weekly church services. I love that each passage is broken into theological perspective, pastoral perspective, exegetical perspective and homiletical perspectives. Having each perspective side by side discussing the passage for the week is very helpful.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81701086436?pwd=Y255a0dwK0NkSVhseEhzaWVwMWRFdz09
Meeting ID: 817 0108 6436   Passcode: 369663

CUBA led by George Strain
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Starting August 26
This Zoom-based small group on the topic of Cuba is being organized by George Strain and Carl Motsenbocker. Both have visited several times and will share up-to-date information about Cuba for those interested. Discussion topics will be the geography and history of Cuba, the Presbyterian Church in Cuba, US-Cuba relations, Living Waters for the World, agriculture, science and medicine, what it’s like to visit Cuba, and possibly other topics of interest to the participants.  Anyone who has not already received a Zoom invitation from George should email him at strain@lsu.edu

Visio Divina led by Patti Snyder
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom (ongoing)
Visio Divina will be taking a break on August 18 and 25 and will resume on Tuesday, September 1 at 1:30 pm (note time change) On 9/1 will begin a series entitled “Faces of Faith.”  This small group uses a combination of the processes of ‘lexio divina’ (divine reading) and ‘visio divina’ (divine seeing) to reflect on one scripture passage and an accompanying piece of artwork each week. The process is guided and requires no experience. We share a contemplative/prayerful practice that includes time for individual reflection and group sharing. For information on how to join please contact Patti Snyder at psnyder@upcbr.org.

Soul Feast led by Mary Mikell and Betsy Irvine
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom (ongoing)
Readings from various writers in spirituality. The group reads essays, books, and poems from a wide variety of authors.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87248796877?pwd=NHVKZWJYVmIzUmpFZHN3eTlpQTdzZz09
Meeting ID: 872 4879 6877  Passcode: 592271

Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament led by Dave Launey
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Beginning September 3 for 10 Sessions
When we lament we move from suffering to faith. In our faith there is hope. We lament in order to hope. Contact Dave Launey at jdlauney54@gmail.com for more information or to purchase a book ($10)

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