Christians are life-long learners. Our adult education classes are a place to ask, to seek, to connect, to discuss, and to wonder about things that matter. Contact Richard Coble with questions or for more information.

Adult Education
Lenten Term

February 18 - March 25
9:15 AM

Pressure Points: From Darkness into Light: A Holocaust Survivor Muses About the History of Jewish-Christian Relations | Choir Room

“The title is significant and hopefully educational as it points to a twenty centuries long adversarial relationship between Christianity and Judaism that led to catastrophe. Thanks to Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, the window to reconciliation was finally opened and light streamed in. My presence in this church, as a Jew, having been invited to give these talks, is a hopeful sign of acknowledgment that things have changed for the better and that reconciliation finally is in view.”
Facilitator: Walter Ziffer

Dr. Walter Ziffer is an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. He is the author of several books, the most recent being, “Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for God”. This memoir recounts his boyhood, the Polish and German invasions of his home country, his 1942 deportation and experiences in eight Nazi concentration camps.

Dr. Ziffer was born in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) in 1927. By 1942, they were deported to Auschwitz where only a handful survived. He arrived in the U.S. in 1948 where he graduated from high school and attended Vanderbilt University.

Digging In: Women Leaders in the Bible | Jerusalem Room

Exploring six gospel texts of women’s encounters with Jesus, this class will examine the central role of women in Jesus’s ministry, placing each text in its social and cultural context and examining the ways the gospels worked to subvert many of the gender roles of their time. Facilitator: Leah Madamba

The Improv: Relearning How to Listen to Each Other | A-Frame

Utilizing counseling techniques and engaged listening practices, this class will be study of how to listen. We will explore the many ways we fail to hear and acknowledge those we encounter every day and, conversely, the ways listening can improve and strengthen our relationships. Finally, the class will explore a theology of listening, how relationship come from God and how we grow closer to our creator when we deepen our relationships with others.
Facilitator: Richard Coble