On Sunday mornings during the academic year, adults meet for the Adult Forum from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m in the lowest level of the Divinity School. With a variety of guest speakers, the Adult Forum offers presentations and discussions on a wide range of topics. The thought-provoking topics include Biblical studies, current social issues and the work of mission agencies.
|September 8, 2019||The Rev. Dr. Carol Gregg, Pastor to the Congregation||Discerning the Will of God|
|September 15, 2019||The Rev. Breana van Velzen from Duke Chapel, Lloyd Schmeidler and Hope Hartman from HomeShare Durham, and Dick Hails from the Coalition for Affordable Housing and Transit||Hope for Housing in Durham|
|September 22, 2019||Brady Surles, Chair of the Congregation Council's Visioning Team, and Robin Barefoot, volunteer advisor||You are invited to a session of Holy Dreaming. Come share your dreams for the ministries, learning and fellowship of the Congregation and listen to the visions of others. Hear more about the visioning process underway and the hopes of your brothers and sisters in this place.|
|September 29, 2019||Steve and Mary Porter||Supporting Heart Languages in Asia|
|October 6, 2019||The Rev. Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Professor, Homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity and guest preacher in Duke Chapel||Religious Hypocrisy and Tradition Accountability|
|October 13, 2019||Matt Wright, Pastoral Assistant for Christian Education|
|October 20, 2019||Anna Carter Florence, Ph.D., Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, and guest preacher in Duke Chapel||
Reading the Verbs
Looking for ways to breathe new life into your reading and interpretation of Scripture? In this workshop, Anna Carter Florence offers a fresh way to read Scripture in community - by entering it, encountering it, and coming back with something deep and true. What if we imagined ourselves as a repertory church, reading and rehearsing these biblical texts together, over time? What if Scripture was a text that needed to be practiced as well as studied? What if we learned to rehearse it until we find the script in the Scripture - our script? And what if people who fundamentally disagreed with one another could gather around Scripture in this way, and enjoy doing it? Maybe we could stop fighting about what the text means, and start listening to it, and one another - with real appreciation! Maybe we could find something true before we have to decide what's right.
Join us to discover some new strategies for reading Scripture that are easy to grasp and easy to adapt to any setting. We'll learn to "read the verbs" in a biblical text as we walk through it, together. Based on her new book, Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God's Word in Community, this workshop will be a lively and energizing deep-dive into Scripture.
|October 27, 2019||Steve Harper, Congregation member||Notes on Modern Vietnam|
|November 3, 2019||Michael Larbi, Pastoral Assistant for Discipleship|
|November 10, 2019||The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal, Assistant Professor of Homiletics in Duke Divinity, and guest preacher in Duke Chapel|
|November 17, 2019||Jeanne Yocum, Durham Senior Hunger Awareness Week public information campaign coordinator||Senior Hunger: A Growing Problem Hiding in Our Community|
|November 24, 2019||Joseph Kovas, Divinity School Intern for the Congregation||Reality Ministries|
We have been quite fortunate to have many inspiring messages and challenging words brought to our class by our peer leaders and by internationally recognized experts and theologians. Might you wish to scan our growing list of those who have previously led our class to remember a topic upon which you hunger to hear more?
Adult Bible Study
Adults gather to study the scriptures on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. in a classroom in the lowest level of the Divinity School. Ten-week studies on a book of the Bible are held each fall and spring. Typically, in the fall the focus is on a book from the Old Testament and in the spring the focus is on a New Testament book. In addition, a Sunday morning Bible study is held in the summer. Details on these classes are available in the eNews.
Lectionary Bible Study
For many years members have gathered to discuss the Sunday lectionary texts. The lectionary study meets on the first Friday of the month at 10:00 am in the library at The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett, Durham. Participants explore the history, context, and meaning of the text. This study is open to all who wish to come, regardless of residency at The Forest at Duke.
The Congregation has a history of offering an in-depth Bible study called Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study. Disciples is a program of disciplined Bible study which draws on the work of Biblical scholars and includes weekly group discussion as well as individual study. Classes are organized according to participants' interest.
During Lent, as well as other times of the year, the Congregation organizes book groups. The groups meet weekly for four to six weeks to stimulate thoughtful discussion as well as sustained fellowship.
New Member Class
A four-week membership class, offered each spring and fall, is an opportunity to learn more about the Congregation and consider the possibility of membership. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. in the lowest level of the Divinity School.