For Adult Education opportunities . . .
Adult Learning - Sundays, 9:46 a.m. and 11:06 AM - Fall 2018-SPRING 2019
Please join "The 9:46 Crowd" and “The 11:06 Crowd” in Room 214, Education Wing, every Sunday.
PLEASE NOTE that there are two English Adult Education forums: “9:46 AM-10:40 AM” and “11:06 AM-12:00 PM”—thanks!
Revelation’s Vision of New Creation
[Revelation] Conclude the course with a lecture on perhaps the most evocative, unsettling, and yet hopeful book in the Bible: Revelation. After considering the narrative’s vivid word pictures, dramatic plot, and unforgettable characters, you’ll see how Revelation fits into a comprehensive, informed reading of the entire Bible.
Letters for Sojourners
[Hebrews, James, 1 Peter] Paul wasn’t the only letter writer in the New Testament. Join Professor Koester for a discussion of the books of Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter, which sought to comfort and inspire early Christian outsiders through keeping the faith, focusing on integrity, and questioning what it means to belong.
Paul on Gender Roles and Slavery
[Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, 1 Timothy] What did Paul have to say about women and about slaves? We find different viewpoints in the letters known as Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, and 1 Timothy. How do these texts relate social roles to Christian love? How might they reflect patterns of community life that were changing over time?
Freedom and the Law in Paul’s Letters
[Galatians, Romans] Continue your exploration of Paul’s letters, this time by studying the correspondence he wrote to the Galatians and the Romans. In these letters, you’ll find some of Paul’s most provocative ideas about freedom and law-ideas that would play a profound role in shaping subsequent Christian communities.
Paul’s Letters to a Community in Conflict
[1 and 2 Corinthians] While in Ephesus, Paul wrote letters now known as 1 and 2 Corinthians to the Christian community of Corinth. Here, unpack the four major sections of these two iconic letters to a conflicted community, which offer insights into Paul’s views on the cross, the Holy Spirit, the resurrection, and reconciliation.
Paul and the Roman Empire
[Acts 17-38, 1 Thessalonians] Paul’s travels to cities like Corinth and Philippi, and his letters to the Christian communities there, offer a lens into the relationship between early Christianity and the Roman Empire. From conflicts between Jesus’s kingship and Roman imperial rule to the events of Paul’s imprisonment, consider some narrative and spiritual challenges faced by the writer of Acts.
[Acts 9-17] One of early Christianity’s most controversial figures is Paul. In this look at the apostle’s life and mission, you’ll learn how to see his preaching as an extension of older biblical texts and an attempt to connect the new Christian faith to other belief systems and patterns of life.
The Early Church in Acts
[Acts 1-10] Turn to subsequent texts of the New Testament, which take up the struggle to understand Jesus and what it means to live by his message. The Acts of the Apostles, you’ll find, is a fascinating narrative that shows the Christian community being transformed as it welcomed Jews, Greeks, and Romans.
Due to the celebration of the Presentation of Our Lord in a combined bilingual service at 11:00 AM and then a 12:30 PM catered lunch in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a special Congregational Meeting with the ceremonial Mortgage Burning, the Adult Forums of The 9:46 Crowd and The 11:06 Crowd will not meet today. See you next week!
Self-Giving Love According to John
[John 13-21] If Jesus is the giver of life, how does his crucifixion fit into the New Testament’s larger spiritual narrative? To consider this question, you’ll have to find new ways to think about events like the Last Supper, the Farewell Discourses, the crucifixion itself, and the story of doubting Thomas.
John on the Word Made Flesh
[John 1-12] In the first of two lectures on the gospel of John, probe the first 12 chapter of this book’s poetic prose, which takes readers back to the dawn of time. What does it mean for Jesus to embody the word of God in the flesh? Consider possible answers in this most distinctive account of Jesus’s life.
Luke on a World Upside Down
[Luke] The gospel of Luke is home to some of the New Testament’s best-loved passages. Here, Professor Loester asks you to consider the more subversive dimensions of Luke’s narrative. How do the inaugural sermon at Nazareth and the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son challenge established patterns? How do they demonstrate the values espoused by Jesus?
No class today—instead, enjoy the Children’s Christmas Pageant at their Sunday School hour of 11:05 AM in the Sanctuary.
The Dynamics of Forgiveness in Matthew
[Matthew] Learn how Matthew reshaped the story of Jesus in startling new ways, specifically with its ideas on forgiveness. Start by confronting Jesus’s relationship to Israel’s heritage. Then, read between the lines of the iconic Sermon on the Mount. Finally, examine the coexistence of faith and doubt during Jesus’ resurrection.
Mark on the Crucifixion and Resurrection
[Mark 11-16] Continue examining the gospel of Mark, this time focusing on the infamous trial and crucifixion of the Son of God. Also, consider why this gospel ends so abruptly and how it suggests to readers the mystery of God’s kingdom—and the role of suffering and sacrifice within it.
Jesus as Messiah in Mark
[Mark 1-10] Begin your look at the New Testament with the first of several lectures on the four gospels—the narratives of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In Mark (which was likely the first to be written), you’ll be reintroduced to the powerful story that continues to captivate people around the world.
No class today due to Reformation Sunday—enjoy our services as well as the additional service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC
The Metro DC Synod will again be hosting the Reformation Service at the National Cathedral today, Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 PM. All are invited to this service. Bishop Graham will be preaching.
Resistance, Adaptation, and the Maccabees
[1 Maccabees] Dive into Jewish life under Greek rule in the 2nd century BC in 1 Maccabees. View the struggle for Jewish independence as a dramatic story marked by the tension between resistance and adaptation. Also, consider the debate over whether or not this book truly belongs in the Bible.
Esther, Daniel, and Life under Empire
[Esther, Daniel] Delightful and playful, the books of Esther and Daniel tell stories of life under the Babylonian, Median, Persian, and Greek empires. Here, you’ll learn how these two important biblical heroes respectively illustrate the value of human initiative and the call for resistance against injustice and oppression.
Jewish Identity and Rebuilding after Exile
[Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah] What did it mean to be Jewish after the Babylonian Exile? Professor Koester examines biblical books that offer differing perspectives. On one end: Ezra and Nehemiah, which define Israel by the temple, Jewish law, and Jerusalem. On the other: Jonah, where Israel’s identity is defined by the way it related to the other peoples around it.
Ezekiel on Abandonment and Homecoming
[Ezekiel] Experience the dislocation of the Babylonian Exile with a close reading of the book of Ezekiel’s perspectives on abandonment and homecoming. You’ll trace this movement from Chapters 1-32 (which castigate the people for abandoning God to idolatry) to Chapters 33-48 (which include stirring visions of renewal).
Babylonian Conquest and Exile
[2 Kings, Lamentations, Habakkuk] In 587 BC, the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem. Explore the trauma of this cataclysmic moment through three biblical books: 2 Kings, which tries to explain the events of the loss of Jerusalem; Lamentations, which gives voice to the anger and grief of exile; and Habakkuk, which helps us come to terms with life’s unanswered questions.
Welcome back! As promised, we are continuing with this series beginning this week. Hope you all enjoyed your summer 'off'—hope to see you this Sunday!
Jeremiah on Anguish and Compassion
[Jeremiah] The book of Jeremiah takes as its goal the reconciliation between God and Israel. How does the prophet hope to achieve this? Find out by studying Jeremiah’s vision of national transformation in the context of the larger geopolitics of ancient Israel—and the collision point of love, anger, grief, and longing.
Please note that this will be the last Sunday we will meet until Sunday School classes begin again in September--we will continue with this series at that time. Enjoy your summer 'off' and stay tuned! See you in September!
Isaiah on Defiant Hope
[Isaiah] Go beyond the book of Isaiah’s prophetic imagery to focus on the narrative’s powerful, lasting visions of hope—and some of its disturbing passages on warfare and injustice. As you’ll discover, these contradictions offer numerous challenges and rewards for the attentive reader who refuses to give in to despair.