Adult Classes

Adult Ed webAt Central, we believe that Christian education is a lifelong journey. In addition to gathering for worship, adults are encouraged to participate in classes on Sunday mornings.

 

Schedule

Classes are offered every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with a variety of topics from Bible study, to current issues, to theological questions. Ongoing adult classes with rotating leadership provide learning and fellowship opportunities. 

Special studies are also offered throughout the year.  Each January Central's adult classes meet together for Winter Studies and during the summer months for Summer Series to focus on a specific topic.

Fall Adult Learning Opportunities

Both Fall Terms| September 7 - December 14

 

Faith Through Works

Explore ways to live our faith more fully through works in our daily lives. Leaders: Various Guests 

The class will explore ways to live our faith through works in our daily lives. Class participants will engage in lively conversations and hear from guest speakers who will provide personal examples and tools for how to live our faith.Class participants will be challenged to live their faith more fully and share progress over the course of the class. November 2, Jessica Vazquez-Torres will engage us in conversations pertaining to race and culture. For a complete list of guest speakers and dates, click here.
Stephanie & Bret Williams, Conveners; Faith & Family Class
Location: The Parlor

Central Letters

Sunday mornings, look for a “klatch” of coffee drinking, socializing, brother and sister loving folks in Tull Hall. We will share common concerns, take time for meditation and prayer, and put pen to paper to correspond in joy and love with those in celebration or need. Led by Brian Bishop and the Deacons, letter and note writing is the focus; ministry is the result.                                     
Brian Bishop, Convener
Location:  Tull Hall

Second Fall Term | November 2 - December 14

Advent Event, Sunday, November 23 | No Sunday School Classes

 

Jung’s Answer to Job
Suffering and evil: two subversive reflections on the book of Job
Texts: Jung’s Answer to Job by Carl Gustav Jung, and God: A Biography, Chapter 10: Confrontation by Jack Miles
Leader: John Huss, Class Convenor, and Members of the Class                                  

Issues in Theology returns to two major texts first examined  by the class some years back, one famous, the other not.  Many consider Jung’s late work Answer to Job his finest work in the area of religion.  Others severed their relationship with him because of what he wrote.  Come and decide for yourself.  Jack Miles’ chapter on the Book of Job in his masterpiece God: A Biography uses careful reading of the problematic Hebrew text to justify a startling reading of Job’s confrontation with God.  Miles work shows biblical study at its most intellectually and spiritually exciting and dangerous.    
John Huss, Convener, Issues in Theology Class
Location: Room G4, Ground Floor, Oglesby Building

 

Logos Class
The Book of Revelation
Scholarly interpretation versus popular notions
Leader: Robert Catterall, Central member                           

If you’re thinking Revelation is based on fiction such as the Left Behind series, it’s time to go to the source material. Robert Catterall will lead an examination of Revelation using Brian Blount’s commentary. Blount emphasizes that Revelation is about resistance, not “constructing a spiritual escape hatch to heaven.” 
Robert Catterall, Convener, Logos Class,
Location: The Greene Room

 

Contemporary Art & Christian Life
Explore the ways in which modern and contemporary art may impact your understanding of Christian life.
Leader: Sally Ann McKinsey Sisk, second-year Resident Pastor at Central, graduated from Furman University in 2010 with a BA in Art and from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2013 with a M.Div.

What can modern and contemporary artists teach the church? How does our faith impact the way we may view art? Each week we will explore the work of modern and contemporary artists in conjunction with scripture and discuss the ways in which these works may lead us to new insights about Christian life.
Ed Carwile, Convener, Sojourner Class,
Location: The Brotherhood Room

 

Humble Inquiry                               
Learning to practice Humble Inquiry in family, work, church, and many other settings.

Text: Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling by Edgar H. Schein
Leader: Sarah Cook, Ph.D. Georgia State University, Professor and Associate Dean, Honors College, and Central Member.                  

Humble Inquiry is “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person (Schein, 2013).”  We will discuss the benefits it provides in different settings and barriers to practicing it. 
Jean Ellen Jones, Convener, Keystone Class
Location: Taylor Conference Room