2017-18 Adult Classes
Classes meet on Wednesdays (as listed below), 7-8:30pm,
and are taught by Fr Jeremy (unless otherwise indicated).
Open the the public! Nursery provided.
Sacrifice in the Bible April 26 - May 17, 2017
Western Christian traditions often interpret Old Testament sacrifice as an act of violence that transfers guilt and punishment from human beings to their animal victims. They then interpret the Cross as the ultimate transferal of all guilt and punishment to Christ. Yet the actual text of Scripture undermines this interpretation. Moreover, the cultural context of ancient sacrifice suggests a very different understanding, more consistent with Orthodoxy: sacrifice as a symbolic friend-making gift to God.
April 26 • Correcting the Misconceptions: Sacrifice wasn’t Scary
May 3 • The Sacrificial System of the Old Testament
May 10 • Three Key Sacrificial Types
May 17 • Christ, the Ultimate Reconciling Gift
Evidence for an Elusive God June 14-28, 2017
Taught by David Bukenhofer — Often, when we read about or discuss evidence for God's existence, God is treated like a natural object - something to be discovered out in the world, like one would discover gold or an endangered species. But God is not a natural object like these, and so our investigation into God's existence should reflect this. This class will emphasize that God has purposes for each of our lives, and that overlooking purposes and other personal qualities of God will be unhelpful in our search for evidence for God in a cognitively responsible way.
June 14 • A Fresh Look at Divine Hiddenness
June 21 • The Evidence of God’s Existence
June 28 • Questioning Natural Theology and Fideism
The Sacraments August 9 - September 6, 2017
The Sacraments are Mysteries that reveal the hidden reality of God; they are Sacrifices that invite His work into our lives. Through them God lovingly condescends to make the things of this world spiritually healing.
August 9 • Sacraments as Mystery and Sacrifice
August 16 • The Eucharist
August 23 • Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism & Chrismation
August 30 • Sacraments of Healing: Confession & Unction
September 6 • Sacraments of Vocation: Marriage, Monasticism & Ordination
The Creed September 20 - November 15, 2017
The Nicene Creed summarizes Orthodox Christian beliefs concisely, comprehensively and beautifully. We will learn the basic tenets of our Faith by studying the Nicene Creed in depth, line by line.
September 20 • “I believe in one God…”
(No class on September 27)
October 4 • The Father and the Son
October 11 • The Incarnation of the Son
October 18 • The Hypostatic Union: Jesus Christ is 1 person in 2 natures
October 25 • Christ’s Crucifixion and How it Saves Us
November 1 • Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension
November 8 • The Holy Spirit and the Church
November 15 • Christ’s Second Coming and Eternal Kingdom
Praxis: The Practice of Orthodoxy November 29 - December 20, 2017
Christian faith is not merely an intellectual exercise. Right living is an inseparable companion to right belief. This will be a practical, "how-to" course on many aspects of Orthodox Christian living.
November 29 • Prayer
December 6 • Fasting
December 13 • Serving Others through Works of Mercy
December 20 • Reading the Scriptures
Liturgy & Worship January 3 - February 7, 2018
Liturgy and ritual do not come as naturally to us as they did to ancient Christians. Yet we are drawn to their solemnity, stability and depth. We will learn the basic principles and structure of Orthodox Liturgy, and how to get the most out of participating in them.
January 3 • The Mysteries of the Church Calendar
(No class on January 10)
January 17 • The Daily Cycle of Services; Vespers
January 24 • Orthros
January 31 • The Divine Liturgy
February 7 • Participation in Liturgical Prayer