Christian Formation for Adults
Whether in Sunday school, small groups, or even in individual study, we strive to think critically about our faith—by examining the Scriptures, delving into book studies, and sharing our observations with one another.
Members take an active role in shaping class content and leading groups, participating in challenging discussion, scriptural engagement, and, ultimately, fellowship.
Explorers enjoy discussions on a wide-ranging of topics including current events, political, social, and theological issues. Join us for coffee and fellowship before or after in the Parlor/Lounge. Everyone is invited to participate as we laugh, learn, and grow together.
The group typically meets in the DuVal Room, found on the main level, but will use the larger Memorial Hall, in the lower level, in order to follow social distancing protocols.
See the schedule below. Archive recordings of the presentations and discussions from fall 2020 through 2021 can be found here: archives.
Explorers Forum, Spring, 2022:
March 6 through April 10:
Lenten series: An Experiential Encounter with the Lord’s Prayer
Alison Halsey and Bill Hathaway will lead the discussion, with the exception of week 3 when Shannon Hansen will be the facilitator.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name... We continue saying the words we memorized as children and repeat every week in worship (albeit with more modern language), but do we really know what we are praying? Join us as we explore in a creative fashion the various petitions of the prayer. Our hope is that you will have a new view of this prayer which Jesus taught his disciples. Perhaps when you vocalize the words you’ll see it in such a fashion that it will remind you of his presence and his call upon your life.
Rev. Dr. Lyle J. Dykstra, retired PC(USA) pastor, will lead the discussion in this special one-day forum. Issues related to the incarnation have been a theme of Lyle’s preaching ministry throughout his life. On this second Sunday of Easter, we will have some discussion around the question: Before the crucifixion, did Jesus know he would rise from the dead?
May 1 through 23:
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
For the first 4 Sundays in May, Sarah Ryan will facilitate an in-depth book discussion of The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. (Click book cover at right for link to Amazon.) Participants will be asked to read 2–3 chapters per week and come ready to discuss them during Explorers Forum. Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy who explores racism’s economic and social impacts on all people in the United States. Her 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” has been viewed millions of times.
“In this critical moment where we have fallen so far apart, The Sum of Us is a book we all need. This book provides an important and necessary piece of the equation—not just how racism hurts Black people and people of color, but white people too. The Sum of Us is a must-read for everyone who wants to understand how we got here, but more importantly, where we can go from here—and how we get there, together.”
—ALICIA GARZA, author of The Purpose of Power and cofounder of Black Lives Matter
It’s a spiritual practice – going to work every day in the pursuit of justice, with our young people and the institutions that support them. So when I am feeling especially challenged and filled with doubt, I remember why it’s called a practice – and I practice on.
Breakfast & the Bible
Pre-pandemic, the group gathered at Legal Grounds Cafe in Elsmere (1208 Kirkwood Highway) to discuss the scriptures that will be read and preached about the following Sunday. Currently led by Jim Kay and/or Noble Thompson on Zoom, where you can sip your beverage of choice! Come and enjoy warm fellowship, lively discussion, and prayerful insights into the Scripture. Everyone is invited.
Tuesday mornings at 8:00-8:45 am
Walk the Labyrinth
Our mission is to make the labyrinth available to all who are interested in learning from it, to provide a place for reflection and peace, and to nurture a community that will share in the experience. We hope to resume this meditative practice soon, as the pandemic allows.
To learn more and see the schedule, please visit our labyrinth page.