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Adult Education: The Book of Confessions


Sunday, September 13, kicks off our Fall Adult Education class on the Presbyterian Book of Confessions. We will meet every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall, through November 1.

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The Book of Confessions is where Presbyterians keep all our best stories: stories about how the church has come to be, how we have come to believe what we believe, and stories of all the arguments we’ve ever had. Unfortunately, like many good Presbyterian stories, we’ve hidden them inside theological language and overcooked rhetoric. So, our job is to dig underneath the rhetoric, to find the stories, to find the arguments, and to begin to paint the larger picture of who we are and from whom we have come.

Our plan is to spend half of our class on the four major reformation-era confessions: Scots, 2nd Helvetic, Westminster, and the Heidelberg Catechism. Then, we will shift gears dramatically, and spend our final four weeks on four modern confessions: the Declaration at Barmen, the Confession of 1967, the Brief Statement of Faith, and, our most recent addition, the Confession of Belhar.

Each one contains multitudes, but we can only read so much. If you have a copy of the Book of Confessions, you have all you need. If not, the attached packet includes your entire reading for the fall: in some cases, brief excerpts, and, in other cases, the entirety of brief confessions. Most weeks will require around 6-7 pages of reading. We hope you will find the reading fascinating, but please feel free to come to class no matter what. Something will grab you!

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Earlier Event: September 10
"Church on Fire"
Later Event: December 24
Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols