Foundational Classes

Watch the Sunday worship folders and the Upcoming Learning Opportunities page here for dates and details as each class is scheduled:

Knowing Yourself

Self-awareness is a powerful tool in our spiritual growth. Using an ancient and wise assessment tool, the Enneagram, we will learn to see ourselves as we are: reflections of the divine… creatures of habit… children of God… new creations in Christ. Reading and self-reflection homework between sessions. 5 sessions, 90 minutes each. Book: The Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile (InterVarsity Press, 2016). For more information on the Enneagram, see the Enneagram Institute website.

Engaging the Bible

For most of us, reading the Bible is like reading a foreign language: hard to understand, hard to figure out what it means, even harder to decipher what God might be saying to us today through the Bible.

This 8-week class, 60 minutes each session, will help you learn how to understand the Bible and equip you to engage the Bible from your heart. It will help you open yourself up to the rich, meaningful wisdom that is available in this diverse collection of books, and to the powerful ways that it can impact your life by the power of the Spirit. Learn to read scripture slowly and prayerfully, using an ancient practice called lectio divina (“sacred reading”). Be inspired to develop a regular Bible reading and reflection practice at home.

Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for 40 years or never cracked its cover, this practice is for everyone!

Constructive Theology

Are you ready to dig deeper into this faith journey? Developing a strong theological foundation is key to our life of faith, but it is difficult work. This course will involve study, discussion, guided prayer, artwork, videos, and even a 24-hour overnight retreat! Participants will be expected to do reading between classes and work toward the creation of a final project. 8 sessions, 90 minutes each.

Exploring Prayer

For those new to prayer and working toward developing a personal prayer practice, try Intro to Prayer Practices. Learn about and try out a few different kinds of prayer (such as using a daily devotional, journaling, and sacred reading of scripture), as you aim to develop the habit of setting aside time every day for intentional quiet time with God. 4 sessions, 75 minutes each.

For those who have an established personal prayer practice, try the Contemplative Prayer class. The practice of prayer is ultimately designed to lead us into union with the living God. One of the gifts of the Christian contemplative tradition is the recognition that in order to connect fully with God, we must surrender, letting go of what we think and do, allowing ourselves to BE with God in the stillness. If you have a regular prayer practice and are longing to dive deeper into God’s presence in silence and stillness, this is the class for you. Pastor April will introduce you to some of the rich, foundational practices from the contemplative tradition, and each week we will practice together entering into this space.

Exploring Spiritual Autobiography

Learn the practice of spiritual autobiography: How to articulate and share your spiritual journey story in a low-key way with people you know. (In development… stay tuned!)