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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
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SUNDAY MORNING

Class #101 | 15 Sessions
DISCOVERING THE BIBLE: New Testament
Sundays, February 2 - May 18
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Room 414 MLK
Facilitators: Ronald Lonesome, Marjorie Horton, Karen Taylor and Guests

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: Old Testament starts in Fall 2014.]

Required Text: Lien, Boyd E.
DISCOVERING THE BIBLE (Resource Guide)
(KERYGMA) Paperback $30


Class #102 | 18 Sessions
TAKING ACTION!
A Literary-Biblical Exploration of Social Justice [ Part 1 of 2 ]
Co-Sponsored by the Education and Mission & Social Justice Commissions

Sundays, January 5 - May 18
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Room 240 MLK
Facilitators: Brian O'Dell, assisted by Neena Das

"To do good -to keep on doing good - requires continual attention to the question of what it means to do and, perhaps, to be good. Reflecting on what we are doing is a complement, not an impediment, to improving the lives of others and leading fulfilling lives of our own."
Scripture, short essays, stories, and poetry probe how social justice permeates our daily lives as lay leaders, ministers, community organizers, educators, social workers, and business professionals. We'll discuss contemporary works by Anne Lamott, Tobias Wolff, Margaret Atwood, Shao Yanxiang, Adrienne Rich, Kahlil Gibran, Sarah Cortez, Ralph Ellison, Thomas Merton, Rhina Espaillat, James Baldwin, and others. Themes to be explored: Need & Care, Difference & Connection, Teaching & Learning. Join us for dynamic, soul-seaching discussions!

Required Text: Davis, Adam (Editor)
TAKING ACTION: Readings for Civic Reflection
(Great Books Foundation, 2012) Paperback $ 25


Class #103 | 19 Sessions
BIBLICAL HEBREW: Introduction
Sundays, January 12 - May 18
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Room 10T (Tower)
Facilitator: Laura Harris

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 Hebrew Bible (The Tanakh) that formed God's 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 for all levels who are interested in acquiring or improving their understanding of Biblical Hebrew.

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


Class #104 | 7 Sessions
THE UNIVERSE STORY AND ME
Sundays, February 23 - April 6
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. | Room 430 MLK
Facilitator: Alan Bentz-Letts

Through video and reading, we will learn the 14-billion-year history of the universe, and the lessons the universe teaches us about life and the sacred presence which links us all together.

Required Text: Swimme, Brian & Tucker, Mary Evelyn
JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE
(Yale University Press 2011)
Hardback $28


SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Class #201 | 15 Sessions
THE BIBLE IN DEPTH (Part 2 of 2)
Sundays, January 5 -June 1
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Room 418 MLK
Facilitator: Brian O'Dell

This advanced and comprehensive course looks at the whole Bible thematically, and its meanings for life today. During the Winter and Spring semesters, we'll look at the themes of "God's People Have Leaders", "God's People Have Rulers but One Sovereign," "God Demands a Righteous People," "God's People Learn Wisdom," "God's People Worship" as well as "God's People Have Hope." Each theme traces related stories and events through both the Old and New Testaments. This is an exciting study for adults ready to reflect deeply on Scripture, their faith and how it relates to themselves, to the Riverside Church, and the world.

Required Texts:
Walther, Sr, James A.
THE BIBLE IN DEPTH (Resource Guide)
Paperback $32.00 - KERYGMA

A Bible of your choice, other than a Paraphrase or KJV


Class #202 | 19 Sessions
BIBLICAL HEBREW: Intermediate
Sundays, January 12 - May 18
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Room 419 MLK
Facilitator: Laura Harris

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 Hebrew Bible (The Tanakh) that formed God's 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 for all levels who are interested in acquiring or improving their understanding of Biblical Hebrew.

This is an advanced class which requires prior knowledge.

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


SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Class #106 | Ongoing
JEREMIAH: Tracing an Arc of Sorrow and Steadfast Love
Saturdays, January 18 - June 28
12 noon - 2:00 p.m. | Room 423 MLK
Facilitator: Rev. Julie Johnson Staples

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.
Lunch will be served.

Required Text: A Study Bible of your choice


SPECIAL EDUCATION EVENT • FACILITATOR TRAINING

Class #301 | 1 Session
FACILITATOR TRAINING FOLLOW-UP For Leaders Completing the June and / or October 2013 Small Groups-OBS Workshop
January 2014 Day, Date, Time TBD


Class #302 | 1 Session
FACILITATOR TRAINING For Small Group Bible Study & Open Bible Study Programs
SATURDAY, March 22
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Room 411 MLK
Multiple Facilitators: See event flyer for more info.

This Preparation Workshop will:

  1. Allow participants to engage in key learning philosophies and "hands-on" preparation for leading Bible study session.
  2. Begin the mentoring process between experienced facilitators, co-facilitators, and first-time assistant leaders for 2014 programs.

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 Monday, March 17 for food and training packet.

Contact Brian O'Dell or the Education Ministry at (212) 870-6833.


Click here to see course offerings from Fall, 2013.