Classes for Adults
GPPC is blessed with remarkable resources for education, and we seek to draw on those resources (such wise and talented people!) and to provide a variety of classes to challenge, guide, and support our members as they grow in the Christian life and faith. Classes meet from 9:30 am – 10:30 am and at other times during the week as noted.
Spring 2017: Sunday Morning Classes
The Passion of Christ in Art – April 2 and April 9, Chapel
Sally Molenkamp will be presenting “The Passion of Christ in Art”. Sally, while not an art historian nor a biblical scholar, spent 10 years while living in DC as a docent at the National Gallery of Art. While there she became fascinated with how much our understanding of the life of Christ, and religion in general, is defined by artists’ interpretations and, in some cases, fabrications. The sequence of episodes from the life of Christ which spans the last event of His earthly life from the entry into Jerusalem to the resurrection (known collectively as “The Passion”) occupies a position of central importance in religious art. Over two Sundays we will experience the events of Holy Week through the eyes of great artists. These works of art have the ability to bewilder, attract, inspire and otherwise move those who view them.
There will be no Church School classes on Easter Sunday, April 16
Embracing Interfaith Cooperation – April 23 – May 21, 2017, Chapel
Led by Sarah Workman and April Swofford, we will join interfaith commentator Eboo Patel as he explores what it means to be “literate” about other faiths, how interfaith cooperation “works” and why, the skills needed for interfaith cooperation and the significant role that our institutions, including colleges and faith communities, can play in this process.
The Five Sessions each include a 10-15 minute presentation by Eboo Patel, including Patel interacting with a small, diverse group of adults and young adults as they respond and discuss interfaith issues.
- Interfaith Cooperation in American History
- Interfaith Literacy
- The Science of Interfaith Cooperation
- The art of Interfaith Leadership
- The Role of Colleges, Seminaries and Houses of Worship
Eboo Patel believes religion is a bridge of cooperation, rather than a barrier of division. Inspired by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship, he speaks to his vision of interfaith harmony at places like the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.
There are participant workbooks available and if you would like one please let April know. The cost of $9.00 per workbook will come out of the Sunday school curriculum budget. Donations to the curriculum budget to offset costs will be gratefully received.