There are a variety of opportunities for adults to gather for learning and fellowship. Adult education offerings currently include:
Bible studies: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. This longstanding tradition at Shepherd offers a weekly pastoral-led Bible study. Come for Bible study, food, and fellowship! The group meets at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, treats, and fellowship before beginning a Bible study at 10. The Bible study is based on the following Sunday’s sermon text. All are welcome.
TED Talks: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. TED Talk discussions will now take place on the third Wednesday of each month as part of our evening education programs. These gatherings provide an opportunity for fellowship and rich discussion. We will watch a TED Talk that focuses on a topic related to faith or life, one of the pastors leads a conversation about the TED Talk. Topics at past gatherings have included the power of words to share our stories, the danger of a single story as we’re learning another culture, the unheard story of David and Goliath, and the pursuit of questions instead of answers. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks in 18 minutes or less.
Current events and faith: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Scott and James Warden are leading this new series, which will explore various current events and put them into a theological context. Current Event and Faith discussions will take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month as part of our evening education programs. There will be opportunity for discussion and questions, and we’ll come to understand and appreciate our own perspectives and other perspectives in a new light. James, who spent many years as a reporter, will explain a current event, and then Pastor Scott will lead a lively discussion about how to view that event through a faith lens. Please see the monthly newsletter for that month’s discussion topic.
Interfaith learning events: Various days, periodically. Shepherd’s learning team has planned a series of visits to explore different faith traditions. After visiting a place of worship and hearing firsthand about a different religion, participants enjoy a meal together as they reflect on what they learned and observed. Past visits have been to the Church of Scientology, a Buddhist center, and a Hindu Temple. Watch the events page for upcoming opportunities.
Parents’ group: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays. While children from kindergarten to fifth grade attend Worship, Art, and Music (WAM), their parents gather to discuss parenting, faith, and life with one of the pastors. This is an opportunity to get to know other people from our faith community and support each other through sharing and listening.
Shepherd book club: Various evenings, monthly. Once a month, a group gathers to enjoy fellowship and discuss a book related to faith and life. Books that the group has read and discussed have included “The Meaning of Jesus,” “The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding,” “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”
Visit the Learning Events page to learn about upcoming adult education opportunities.