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Adult Small Group Classes


Enrich your life, your involvement in Riverside's faith community, and the world by signing-up for a Small Group Class!

To register for a class, sign-up using our secure online form. As an alternative, you may fill out this form and drop it off in the envelope marked, "Small Group Registration" located near MLK 417 or mail it to: The Ministry of Education, The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Questions? Please email Lennith Santos-Santana or call 212.870.6833.

Check the Worship Bulletin for any updates or changes regarding Small Group Classes.


Reading the Bible from the Margins
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m. (9/20/15 to 12/20/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Brian O'Dell
Required texts: Reading the Bible from the Margins by Miguel De La Torre

How do we read the Bible from the perspective of the poor, the oppressed, and victims of discrimination? How do issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation influence our understanding of Scripture? Global in outlook, this course highlights biblical perspectives from Korean Minjung to Hispanic Mujerista to Gay and Black Liberation theologies that give us an opportunity understand how Scripture can lead us to freedom, equality, and justice.

Belong, Believe, Become Together
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m. (9/20/15 to 10/25/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Monique J. Fortune
Required texts: Holy Bible, Discovering the Bible by Boyd E. Lien

Join us for a six-week course that will help participants connect to God's unlimited grace and guidance through prayerful Bible study, intentional journaling, vision board-ing and covenant creation. Take a fresh look at familiar Scripture passages and begin to dream and plan about how you can lend your time, talent, and treasure to The Riverside Church. Let the words and life of Jesus encourage you to strengthen the ties that bind us together as a beloved community.

In the Beginning: Genesis
Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. (9/23/15 to 11/8/15)
Location: The home of Jean Kiskaddon (UWS)
Facilitated by: Jean L. Kiskaddon
Required texts: Holy Bible

This eight-week class will focus on the first three chapters of Genesis that narrate the beginning of God's story among us. This group will examine the stories of creation, life in the Garden of Eden, and the transgression and expulsion from the Garden. Through studying these passages from Genesis, the class will meet God as creator, potter, gardener, surgeon, anaesthesiologist, builder, judge, and tailor.

How to Read the Bible
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m. (9/20/15 to 10/25/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Marjorie Horton
Required texts: Holy Bible

This six-week class will explore how to read Scripture as the story of God told over time through the viewpoint of a diverse array of people and voices. Learn how to engage different parts of the Bible such as historical narrative, poetry, prophesy, gospel, and epistle. If you have ever been curious as to how to read the Bible in light of our calling to be a community of character and public witness, this is the class for you.

Experiential Spirituality
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m. (9/20/15 to 12/13/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Denise Davis and LaSonya Thompson
Required texts: Materials provided by facilitator free of charge

An integration of classic and contemporary spiritual practices, this course offers participants the chance to experience spiritual disciples such as lecito divina, mandala-creating, and loving gaze. Experiential in nature, class-time will be spent actually practicing these methods. Scriptural referencing and resources will be provided each week, as well as a bibliography which may be used for further exploration and study.

Capitalism, Climate, and Christianity
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m. (9/20/15 to 12/20/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Alan Bentz-Letts
Required texts: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein contends that our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. This class will look at her critique of modern capitalism and ask if Klein's call for a cultural shift from the values that undergird capitalism is not better understood as a call for spiritual renewal and revolution in our society We will also ask how we as the Body of Christ can be a prophetic witness against climate change.

Introduction to Biblical Languages
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m. (9/20/15 to 10/4/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Laura Harris and Fred Newsome
Required texts: Materials provided by facilitator free of charge

Join us for a three-week course designed to offer you an introduction to biblical languages. This course will provide you with a taste of the history of ancient biblical languages, how biblical languages work, and a framework for understanding the nature of the biblical Hebrew language. This class serves as an easy introduction to those considering the biblical Hebrew classes offered by The Riverside Church.

Beginner's Biblical Hebrew
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m. (10/11/15 to 12/20/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Laura Harris and Fred Newsome
Required texts: Basics of Biblical Hebrew, Pratico by Gary D. Van Pelt

Participants will have the ability to read simple narrative texts from the Hebrew Bible and will be equipped to appreciate the finer meanings and texture of biblical writings. This course is designed to introduce you to the language, grammar, and vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. By the end of the course participants will be able to translate and read a number of biblical narrative passages.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
Sundays @ 1:30 p.m. (9/20/15 to 12/20/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Laura Harris and Fred Newsome
Required texts: Basics of Biblical Hebrew, Pratico by Gary D. Van Pelt

This course launches the student into a solid understanding of elementary Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary-empowering the learner to read and translate Hebrew texts. The class will work together concentrating on the translation of a particular biblical book as well as investigating the theological themes and historical significance of the text.

Emmaus Group
12:45 p.m. on the First Sunday of Every Month (Beginning 11/8/15)
Location: The Riverside Church & Off-site
Facilitated by: Karen Diggs
Required texts: none

Meeting on Sundays on which our congregation celebrates Holy Communion, participants partner up prior to heading out to for a meal. Each group has the opportunity to get to know their lunch-mate through conversation over that day's sermon or a particular passage of Scripture. The goal of Emmaus Groups are to provide an opportunity to form friendships that foster faith and support spiritual maturity.

Open Bible Study
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m. (Ongoing every week)
Location: The Riverside Church
Coordinated by: Karen Taylor
Required texts: Holy Bible. Additional materials will also be provided free of charge.

Open Bible Study welcomes all to gather together for an in-depth look at the Scriptures used to deliver the sermons each week at The Riverside Church This first-look experience can serve to deepen appreciation of worship overall. We invite you to explore any questions as well as your responses that may arise from our first-time reading of the lectionary texts in our Open Bible Study circle. No prior experience in reading the Bible is required.

Discovering the Old Testament
Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m. (9/22/2015 to 12/22/15)
Location: The Riverside Church
Facilitated by: Ronald Lonesome
Required texts: Discovering The Bible: A New Generation by Boyd E. Lien

A fifteen-week series that provides a comprehensive introduction to the Old Testament. By doing weekly readings that provide historical context for six to ten Scripture passages, this class will cover much of the Old Testament. This group will explore the development of the Christian faith through its roots in Judaism, and also provide a chance to explore how Scripture impacts our faith journey and daily practice as followers of Jesus.