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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Class Offerings


Small Group Classes

Enrich your life, your involvement in Riverside's faith community, and the world by making the commitment to be part of a Small Adult Education Group!

As you choose from among our rich offerings, please know that:
- There is no fee - except for the required books or other materials - for any Small Group class at Riverside!
- KERYGMA guides may be purchased directly from the Adult Christian Education table after service or from the Education Department.
- Books for other classes may be purchased at the Riverside Visitors Center, or online at amazon.com. Used books can be purchased through booksprice.com.
- For further information about Small Group classes or any of our other programs, please call the Education office at 212.870.6833. You can also contact Laura Harris, Chairperson of the Adult Education Committee,
at harrisla22@hotmail.com, or Brian O'Dell, Coordinator of Small Groups and Facilitator Training,
at brian.odell@verizon.net.

Any updates or changes for each Small Group class can be found in the weekly Worship bulletin.

Small Group Class - The Underground Church: Reclaiming The Subversive Way of Jesus
Sundays, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in Room 20T
Here's a radical idea: We need to recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Once being a follower of Jesus was dangerous... but today we are part of a religion which tends to bless society's status quo (especially when it comes to racial, ethnic and class issues), instead of transforming it. No matter how the church may worship, shouldn't the defining characteristic of the Beloved Community be its love of social justice and its counter-cultural love of, and compassion for, all people.
Instructor: Brian O'Dell
Required Texts: Meyers, Robin, THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Hardcover $25

Small Group Class - Biblical Hebrew: Introduction
Sundays, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in Room 318 MLK
The Riverside Church is proud to offer Biblical Hebrew, the ancient prose in which Jesus read the Scripture and prayed its Psalms. Delve into the original language of the Old Testament (The Tanakh) that formed His unique rhetoric, undistorted by translation. Enhance your understanding of the grammar, vocabulary, poetry, word play, acrostics, rhymes, and cultural genuineness of the Scriptures. The classes are open to those of all levels who are interested in acquiring or improving their understanding of Biblical Hebrew.
Instructor: Laura Harris
Required Texts:
Pratico, Gary D. and Van Pelt, Miles V., Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar (Zondervan, 2nd Edition, 2007). Hardcover $25
Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook (Zondervan, 2nd Edition, 2007). Paperback $15

Small Group Class - Biblical Hebrew: Intermediate - A Close Reading of the Biblical Book of Ruth
Sundays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Room 419 MLK
The Riverside Church is proud to offer Biblical Hebrew, the ancient prose in which Jesus read the Scripture and prayed its Psalms. Delve into the original language of the Old Testament (The Tanakh) that formed His unique rhetoric, undistorted by translation. Enhance your understanding of the grammar, vocabulary, poetry, word play, acrostics, rhymes, and cultural genuineness of the Scriptures. The classes are open to those who are interested in acquiring or improving their understanding of Biblical Hebrew.
This is an advanced class that requires prior knowledge.
Instructor: Laura Harris
Required Texts:
Pratico, Gary D. and Van Pelt, Miles V., Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar (Zondervan, 2nd Edition, 2007). Hardcover $25
Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook (Zondervan, 2nd Edition, 2007). Paperback $15


The Way - Young Adult Ministry

The Way
Sundays, 1:00 p.m. Meditation Chapel

"The Way" is a welcoming fellowship, open to all college students and young adults (ages 18 - 39) who are journeying along the Christian path. New members and friends are always invited! For more information, please contact Jacqueline Hopkins at writetojacqueline@hotmail.com or 212.946.1189.


The Riverside Book Club

The Riverside Book Club

The club was founded in spring 2009 and meets monthly from September to June. The Riverside Book Club is open to all people. The books to be discussed each month are recommended by individual members, then voted on if there are competing recommendations. Their range is very wide - not limited to religion, theology, and/or philosophy. However, the ethics, values, and relationships underlying each work, and (where applicable) the vision of religion set forth, are always considered in some depth. That is, this is very much a progressive Church book club: profoundly concerned with Christian values and the individual "faith journeys" of the readers, as well as with "peace and justice."

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:00 a.m. in Room 240 MLK
Celebrating Women's History Month! Join us as we discuss Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, by A. Elizabeth and Sarah L. Delany, with Amy Hill Hearth. The sisters' father was a former slave who became the first African-American elected Bishop in the Episcopal Church in the U.S. The sisters were civil rights pioneers, but their stories were largely unknown until Hearth, a reporter for The New York Times, interviewed them for a feature story in 1991, then expanded her story into book form. It quickly became a best seller, and the Delanys enjoyed fame and honor in their last years.

For more information, please contact Mary Biggs at marybiggs44@gmail.com or 718.796.8915. Light refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome!


Open Bible Study

OPEN BIBLE STUDY
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 15T

Open Bible Study provides a safe and welcoming space for people who are curious about the Bible and other topics featured in the classes, and is the place where people can come "as you are" to either one session or to many sessions. "Homework" is not assigned and no particular level of Biblical or theological education presumed. Participants include members, friends and visitors many of whom bring perspectives from a variety of denominational backgrounds and most of whom demonstrate a variety of levels of familiarity with the Bible. Some participants "come and go" while others attend regularly. Nonetheless, everyone is welcome to engage the text together in this diverse and inclusive community.

Using a variety of focus texts each week, OBS endeavors to explore topics related to progressive Christianity and subject matter that addresses the concerns of Riversiders and the larger world. Open Bible Study presenters include clergy, educators, Seminary students and lay leaders who have completed Riverside's facilitator training.




For more information about Open Bible Study, contact Dr. Karyn Carlo at karyn.carlo@gmail.com.