Sunday Morning Adult Education Replay
Created to Create
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Genesis reveals a God who is creative and generative to the core, calling light, land, plants, stars, and animals into being. Our God is the one who created all the things that delight our senses, from the bright colors of a sunset to the rich flavors of a delicious meal.
The scriptures also tell us that “God created humankind in his image” (1:27). If you and I were made in God’s image, that means that we were created to create. Join us for a seven week adult education course as we learn from artists within our congregation and explore the ways that art and our faith intersect.
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The Christmas season is a notoriously noisy one! The world comes after us from Black Friday and Cyber Monday onwards, telling us we need to hurry up and buy more. Radio stations play holiday music around the clock. Our schedules fill to the brim with Christmas parties, gingerbread decorating, seeing the Christmas lights, and school events. In the midst of all of this noise, how are we to create space and prepare for the coming of Jesus? Join us for three weeks of “Making Room” as we explore practices to unhurry our Advent and reconnect with the who and why of Christmas.
Fall 2022 – Series 2
It’s Not Yours and You Can’t Take it With You
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The world teaches us that we earn what we have and that our chief end in life is to accumulate more: more money, power, possessions, and skills. The Bible teaches that it’s not yours and you can’t take it with you. Ultimately everything that we have and are is a gift from God entrusted to our care for a short time. Join us as we take five weeks to explore what it means to live as stewards of God’s gifts.
Fall 2022 – Series 1
Blest be the Ties that Bind
The Promise and Perils of a Big-Tent Faith in a Nation Divided
Led by Dr. Heath Carter, Associate Professor of American Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary
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As Presbyterians, we are part of a much wider Protestant stream within American life, often called the Mainline. This tradition was once a powerhouse, which wielded vast influence across all sectors of society. But in recent years most of the headlines it has garnered have centered on its numerical decline. In this series we will revisit the Mainline’s surprising past, paying especially close attention to how this unwieldy Protestant coalition navigated the fierce challenges of the 20th-century public square. Along the way we will also wrestle with the uncertainties of the Mainline’s present and future. What are the perils and promise of big-tent Protestantism in our deeply polarized age?
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Most of us have an implicit desire to maximize our positive feelings and to minimize our difficult feelings. How does that desire impact our mental well-being? What wisdom might our feelings hold for us? How do we come to know ourselves as beloved, to love God and neighbor, and to contend with suffering in our lives? How do the secrets we keep leave us isolated, cause others to feel shame, and inhibit us from experiences of grace? How can we attend to our own mental health not only because God cares about it, but also so that we can care for others well? If these questions matter to you, then this class is for you.
Over the next six weeks, Reverend Matthew Rhodes will cover topics such as how our faith and our mental health are connected, the neurobiology of the brain, attachment psychology and the need to be understood, family systems, and more. Matt is a Presbyterian minister and serves as the Director of Religious Ministries for Penn Medicine Princeton Health. He runs the Clinical Pastoral Education program, co-chairs the Bio-Medical Ethics Committee, chairs the Employee Benevolent Fund, and leads many of the psychological and emotional well-being initiatives for healthcare workers at the hospital. Outside of work, Matt serves as Board President for Womanspace, as Co-Moderator for the PC(USA)’s Special Committee on the Future of Christian Education, as well as in volunteer leadership roles with L’Arche USA and ACPE. In addition to his Master of Divinity, he also has a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Pastoral Supervision, and is currently completing his MSW. Matt is married to Rachel, who is the Senior Pastor at Morrisville Presbyterian Church and is daddy to Madeline Jane and Benjamin.