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.
|November 17, 2019||The Rev. Amanda Highben||
The Vocation of the Saints: Set Free in Christ to Serve our Neighbors
Prior to the Reformation, the Roman Catholic church taught that only those who undertook monastic orders possessed vocations and served God through their work in the church. This idea reinforced a rigid hierarchy between celibate priests and a married shoemaker, for example, wherein the "holy" priest was closer to God in light of his call. But Martin Luther and the Reformers broke open this repressive system by teaching that all Christians have a sacred calling; be they single or married, professors or plumbers, retired seniors or parents at home caring for their children, Christ's followers serve God and their neighbors in diverse and unexpected ways. Join us as we dig into a deeper understanding of vocation and discern how Jesus calls us to embody his radical love for others through our everyday lives and work.
|November 24, 2019||Joseph Kovas, Divinity School Intern for the Congregation||Reality Ministries|
|December 1, 2019||The Rev. Ismael Ruiz-Millan, director of the Hispanic House of Studies, Global Education, and Intercultural Formation at Duke Divinity School, and guest preacher in Duke Chapel||
The Right Posture for Holy Relationships through Cultural Humility
The political environment as well as the rhetoric and acts of hate in our society makes it difficult for any person to engage in authentic ways with our community. We are so cautious that we prevent ourselves from meaningful and holy friendships—we prevent ourselves from being a good neighbor. Ecclesial spaces are not the exception, we are often very careful of not having “the wrong people” in our pews, that instead of becoming exemplars of holy relationships, we often become exclusive spaces. In this class, by taking a close look to the principles of cultural humility, participants will learn about the posture needed in order to be a good neighbor that fosters holy relationships.
|December 8, 2019||Michael Larbi, Pastoral Assistant for Discipleship||Thoughts on Discipleship and Discipleship Ministry in the Congregation [continued from November 3]|
|December 15, 2019||S. Brian Stratton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNC Pembroke||Socrates and Moses on Discerning the Divine Call|
|December 22, 2019||S. Brian Stratton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UNC Pembroke||Philosophy, Mystery, and the Incarnation|
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.