Resources and Opportunities


Resources from past and ongoing Adult Education Classes

Finding God
Chris Torrey explores how our individual faith journeys change through our lives.

Books used in class

Prayer and Spiritual Discipline
Becky Bosarge leads a weekly exploration of forms and approaches to prayer and the spiritual life. Here are the resources she recommends:

Books

  • Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God, Patricia D. Brown.
  • An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Richard J. Foster
  • A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice, Jane Vennard
  • Reformed Spirituality: An Introduction for Believers, Howard L. Rice

Books Which Include Guidance for Group Study

  • Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, Marjorie J. Thompson
  • Praying with Body and Soul: A way to Intimacy with God, Jane Vennard

Curriculum for Group Study

  • The Way of Prayer, Companions in Christ series, Jane Vennard.

Websites

Apps

  •  Daily Prayer App (PCUSA)
  • Centering Prayer (by Contemplative Outreach)
Science and Religion
This winter (2016), we studied the relationship between Science and Religion. Here are some resources we shared:
  • God in Evolution” – An article by Amy Frykholm from The Christian Century, February 2008.
  • God’s Dice” – An article by James Bradley from The Christian Century, February 2016.

Online Courses We Recommend

Theocademy

http://www.theocademy.com/

“Form Your Faith. Anytime. Anywhere.”

Theocademy develops faith formation materials for Presbyterians through high quality video series and study guides. Explore our curriculum for your New Members classes, training programs for Ruling Elders and Deacons, and Confirmation.

e.g. The strange book of books  (trailer 1:06)

EDX: World Religions Through Scriptures

https://www.edx.org/xseries/world-religions-through-scriptures

“The study of religion is a rich and fascinating dimension of human experience that includes, but goes well beyond, an exploration of beliefs and ritual practices. Through the lens of scriptures, this Religion XSeries will explore how religions are internally diverse, and how they evolve and change as living traditions that impact, and are impacted, by the cultural, historical, and political contexts of adherents. We will explore issues of interpretation through themes such as gender and sexuality, the arts, violence and peace, science, and power and authority. In addition to learning with and from world-renowned scholars, learners will have the opportunity to interact with peers from around the world representing diverse backgrounds, affiliations, and perspectives.”

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary: Non-Degree Programs

http://udts.dbq.edu/admissions/non-degreestudents/

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary offers graduate level theology courses online for those who are admitted as Unclassified Students. Three Master of Divinity credit hours are earned for successful completion of each course.  A Bachelor’s Degree is necessary to apply for participation in these courses.  Early application is highly recommended as enrollment is limited.  Tuition for these courses is $660* per credit hour and is non-refundable.  Unclassified students may take up to six hours per semester, three hours in the January or August term, or six hours during the summer.  Unclassified students wishing to enroll for more than the above number of hours must first obtain the written permission of the Dean of the seminary.  Those who obtain such permission and who register for nine semester hours or more will be subject to the student fee.  A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits in unclassified status.  To continue beyond 12 credits, the student must apply to a degree program, or apply for permission of the Academic and Student Affairs committee to continue as an unclassified student.  – See more at: http://udts.dbq.edu/admissions/non-degreestudents/#sthash.5EUkWZnr.dpuf

ChurchNext.TV

https://www.churchnext.tv/library/categories/all/

“ChurchNext TV is a website that provides online Christian learning. It started as a video blog featuring long interviews with people who are making a difference in the mainline. You can still see a number of those on our YouTube site.

Out of that, this idea struck me. I’m a priest and a rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church (link is external) in Southfield, Michigan, and I know that people come to church less frequently. At my church, for the second year in a row, we had our best pledge drive ever, we have more money coming in, we get 20 to 40 people joining the church every year, but Sunday attendance is flat and even declining.

People are coming, but they come less frequently. So how do we reach them when they are not here, but they are likely in front of a screen? I had this idea that the church ought to reclaim its place in the community as a teacher, a place where the religiously curious can come and ask questions.

So we launched ChurchNext in August 2013 with 28 courses. These are 45-minute courses that you can take at any time.

We design online learning experiences. It is not passive; the pedagogy behind it is very interactive, with quizzes and discussions.”

https://www.churchnext.tv/library/how-to-take-an-online-class/

“Online Christian learning can be a terrific way to deepen your journey with Christ. In this free course we’ll learn all about taking courses on ChurchNext.  This is a free introductory course designed for students who want to take an online course from ChurchNext.”