Our Philosophy of Education
The aim of Covenant's adult education is to enable participants to articulate the ways the divine is operative in their own lives by drawing upon scripture, tradition, reason, conversation, study, and experience.
Covenant's adult education programs reflects two statements by Jerome Bruner, an educational theorist:
People can be trusted to learn what they need to, at the time they need it, in the manner best suited to their learning styles.
By offering variety and choice in our programming, we hope to allow people to learn what they need when they need it. By offering structure, we hope to prepare minds for discovery. This ranges from book groups, to small-group Bible discussion, to speaker presentations on timely topics. Through these avenues, we aim to bind together the academic and the practical.
We seek to cultivate in participants a growth in learning, enabling them to better pay attention to God and to everything else in God's world, while responding to both.
Sunday Morning Discussion Topics
The adult class that meets in the sanctuary during Sunday education hour covers a wide range of topics. Recent topics have ranged from "Myths of the Evolution Wars" to "Contemporary American Poetry" to "The Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron" to the question “What is Justice?” All are welcome on any Sunday.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
This group is perhaps Covenant's best kept secret. A rotating team of teachers leads this group, which offers an opportunity to share more personal reflections, something that is not always possible in larger classes. The class follows the Revised Common Lectionary and is based on the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum. In a typical session the class discusses the historical context of the Scripture, what the original authors might have intended, and moves to sharing the personal message for our lives. As always at Covenant, a variety of perspectives are appreciated.
Parents of Covenant gather on the third or fourth Sunday of select months in the office of our Director of Children & Youth to discuss topics related to parenting. Parents gather to share the collective wisdom of the group. Sometimes people come to speak on specific topics. Discussions have included discipline, singing with children, helping children and youth deal with grief, getting ready for school, how to talk about God, dealing with family, gifts, food at the holidays, and cultural identity.
For visitors who'd like to learn more about Covenant and for those considering membership, Covenant holds a series of Inquirers' classes two or three times each year during the education hour. Each series of seven classes covers such topics as liberal Christianity, Baptist history and principles, and the history and structure of Covenant Church.
Theology Book Group
This group meets on the third Sunday of the month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the church library. To date, works by philosophers of religion and law, feminist theologians, and those working at the intersection of religion and science have been read.
Here's a chance to bring peace to your body and mind through some stretching, breathing exercises, and a few minutes of meditation. All of this is in the company of friendly people, and under the guidance of Bill Davis. Whether you have done yoga before or not, join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the narthex. Bring a friend if you like. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a mat if you have one. The recommended fee of $10 per session is given to Covenant Church.
Art as Prayer
No art skills are necessary, just a desire to give expression to your spirit through guided activities using a variety of art materials. Do you long to tell a story or make a symbol of a moment that speaks to you? Everyone is encouraged and welcome. Art as Prayer meets six or seven Saturdays each year beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding about 12:30 p.m.
Covenant Church's distinctive outdoor labyrinth invites anyone to a brief sojourn in walking meditation as a way of slowing down and becoming centered. In addition, there are group labyrinth walks scheduled throughout the year, often at the spring and fall equinoxes.
Covenant's lending library contains books on Biblical studies, theology, spirituality, psychology, worship, church history, social issues, and environmental concerns, as well as literature. Church members and active participants in the congregation can check out books for a month. The library is located just a couple doors down the hall from the church narthex. Click the title or this link to go to a list of books available in our library.