Adult Education

We would love to have you join us for Adult Education.

Classes are typically held September – May on Sunday mornings. Our time together helps us grow closer to God and one another.

Classes

Postmodernism and Christian Faith

Sundays, January 10 - 31, 2021 | 11:30am-12:15pm

Class Description

This four-session class will clarify why Christians should study postmodern thought rather than denounce it—and also why secularists no longer discuss postmodernism, for it helped generate what is called “the religious turn” in 20th century philosophy. Members of the class will read and discuss How Postmodernism Serves (my) Faith with the author, Crystal Downing, and her husband David Downing. The class conversation will be on Zoom, 11:30am – 12:15pm. Click here for online registration which opens on December 22. The first 35 individuals to register will receive a free copy of the book. The books will be available on the large table in the Gathering Place beginning Monday, December 28.

CLASS LEADERS
Crystal and David Downing are Co-Directors of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, where they also share the Marion E. Wade Chair in Christian Thought. Between them, they have published over a dozen books on various Christian topics, focusing especially on the work of authors archived at the Wade Center, the world’s most comprehensive collection of published and unpublished works by and about C.S. Lewis and his influences, including Crystal’s specialty, Dorothy L. Sayers.
Links to additional resources:
David Downing’s lecture on The Great Divorce. Click here
Crystal and David Downing host a podcast on Wade Center authors. Click here.
Faith in the Midst of Crisis: Learning from Albert Camus’s The Plague

Sundays, February 14 - March 7, 2021 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Class Description

Albert Camus’s novel The Plague tells the story of the citizens of Oran, a city that is beset by an outbreak of the plague. How will the plague affect them individually? How will they treat each other? Where will they find hope? Camus, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, was not a Christian, but we can still learn much from his story, which bears many striking similarities to our situation today. During this four-week class, we will read the novel together and discuss the themes that it raises for our Christian faith. All are welcome! 

This class will meet on Zoom, 11:30am – 12:30pm. Click here for online registration.

Class Schedule
[Please note: Dr. McNutt will be using the Vintage Version of the text (1991)]
Week 1: Sunday, February 14 | Introduction to The Plague and Part I, pp. 1-63
Week 2: Sunday, February 21 | Part II, pp. 65-164
Week 3: Sunday, February 28 | Parts III-IV, pp. 165-265
Week 4: Sunday, March 7 | Part V, pp. 267-308

CLASS LEADER
The Rev. Dr. David McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, and Associate Lecturer of Core Studies at Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in theology and philosophy. He is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and he serves as a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn.
Adult Ed Special with Dr. Vince Bacote

Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 9-10:15am

Class Description

Dr. Vince Bacote is coming to lead us in a discussion on race. This class will meet on Zoom, 9-10:15am. Watch for more details including class registration which will be shared in early February.  

CLASS LEADER
Dr. Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College.