ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
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Class #101 | 15 Sessions
Since 1997, hundreds of Riversiders have been introduced chronologically to the storyline, people and places of the Bible, while engaging in thought-provoking conversations with each other. If, in the past, you've found the Bible to be dry, difficult to understand, boring, and not relevant to your life, our popular course will open your eyes to the Biblical world and its people, who are more like 21st century folk than you might expect! This course is designed for those who may be brand-new to Bible study as well as those who have considerable familiarity with Scripture.
[Note: DISCOVERING THE BIBLE: New Testament starts in Winter 2014.]
Required Text: Lien, Boyd E.
Class #103 | 15 Sessions
How do many "progressive" Christians view the Bible, God and Jesus, as well as particular theological (and personal issues) such as creation, death, sin, social justice, evil, compassion, suffering, spirituality, incarnation, resurrection, violence and prayer? Join a new group of Riversiders who will spend 15 weeks wrestling with topics of Journey, Reconciliation and Transformation within lively conversation. The course will include book discussion and DVD clips with well-known Biblical scholars.
Required Text: Felten, David and Jeff Procter-Murphy
Class #104 | 6 Sessions
Following-up on Bill McKibben's guest sermon to the Riverside congregation this past spring, participants in this small group book study, will have an opportunity to understand McKibben's ideas in greater depth, to discuss them critically, and to develop a greater appreciation for and understanding of the environmental crisis we face on this planet.
Required Text: McKibben, Bill
Class #201 | 15 Sessions
[Note: Part 2 will be offered during 20 weeks in Winter-Spring 2014.]
Required Text: Walther, Sr, James A.
Class #106 | Ongoing
Perhaps in no other book of the Bible is the "inner life" of God depicted so dramatically and with such tension as that which is captured by the prophet Jeremiah. His ministry spans the period from 625 BCE to sometime after the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BCE. The prophetic voice of Jeremiah was an inspiration to Riverside's first called minister, Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick. And, as a result, when Riverside was built, Fosdick asked that the prophet's story be incorporated into the design of the Nave.
Registration required by emailing Rev. Julie.
Required Text: A Study Bible of your choice
SPECIAL EDUCATION EVENT
Class #301 | 1 Session
Our goal is to increase Biblical literacy and diverse theological understanding at the Riverside Church.
Cost is FREE (breakfast and lunch included), but participants MUST pre-register by October 17 for food and training packet. Contact Brian O'Dell or the Education Ministry at (212) 870-6833.