The mission of the Adult Education Ministry is to help every adult fulfill their potential as a disciple of Jesus Christ. To support this mission, we offer a variety of opportunities, including Bible studies, Inquirers’ Classes, topical classes, guest lecturers, and other occasional events.
These offerings are held as a hybrid model of in-person and live stream access (via Zoom) on Sunday mornings during the program year, from 9:30-10:45am. To access the Zoom link for each class, please see the Thursday e-gram or Sunday morning worship email each week.
Adult Education meets in Heritage Hall.
If you have questions about Adult Education classes or the would like to join the Adult Education Ministry Team, please contact Noelle Castin, Director of Christian Education.
For recordings of classes since September 2021 on Vimeo, click here
For recordings of previous classes on YouTube, click here.
The Reformed Institute
The Meeting House is a founding member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington. The Reformed Institute is a cooperative effort of several local Presbyterian churches, seeking to draw on the resources of the Reformed tradition to deepen our faith and understanding, and challenge our minds in the service of God. The Reformed Institute offers various classes, lectures, special events, and retreats, as well as providing a variety of resources through its website and Company of Teachers.
To learn more about upcoming Reformed Institute offerings visit reformedinstitute.org/events.
2023 Reformed Institute Convocation on the Injustices of the Doctrine of Discovery with Mark Charles
The Doctrine of Discovery was a Papal Decree that gave many European Countries religious legitimacy to invade and colonize the “new world” in the name of Christianity. The legacy of brutality, injustice, and destruction that followed, especially against native communities, leaves a legacy that all Christians must face. While Reformed and other Protestant communities had their own theological rationales for conquering North America in the name of Christ, their legacy of injustice and colonization is equally culpable, even in their efforts of missions and education. This session will explore these entangling legacies with an eye toward truth telling, repentance, and restorative justice that makes Christians better allies in anti-racism and justice-building with native peoples.
Looking into the Lectionary
Each week we meet on Zoom for study and fellowship. Our focus is the passage that the coming Sunday’s sermon will be based on. The only prep participants need to do (and even that is optional) is read the passage.
This winter we will learn to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. This is God’s commandment to us and for others. Our study will explore the many dimensions of celebrating and honoring Sabbath. Through scripture, reflection and prayer we will discover Sabbath practices for today. Please join us on Thursdays at 10:00 AM on Zoom.
You are welcome any or all weeks. We welcome anyone who wants to join us.
Please contact Vicki, for the zoom link.
Sunday Morning Adult Education
Join us for Breakfast in Heritage Hall! We will review the last year and we will be joined by Jim Palmer who will preview our next series, “Architecture of Compassion”.
The Architecture of Compassion series is inspired by our discussions of Genesis (stewardship/dominion) this fall as led by Rob Dunn. In particular, we will explore our originally intended relationship to this planet we inhabit. Our guest speakers will be people whose compassion moves them to take action in this moment when our natural environment is under unimagined stress. Finding Beauty In A Broken World by author, educator, conservationist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams will serve as inspiration for this year’s talks and inform each presentation.
Breakfast sponsored by Adult Education Ministry and The 2023 Architecture of Compassion series intro by Jim Palmer
Speaker: Kurt Moser, President Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, fourmilerun.org
Speaker: Scott Cameron, Chair of Legislative Committee, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
Speaker: Matt Bright, Conservation Manager, Earth Sangha
Speaker: Glenda Booth, Friends of Dyke Marsh
This historic 7-acre cemetery, established in 1809, is still active today. The cemetery operates as an independent entity overseen by the Presbyterian Cemetery Board under the authority of our Session. Join long time member, storyteller and Superintendent of the Presbyterian Cemetery, David Heiby, as he shares about the cemetery’s vibrant history, true stories of those buried there, answers questions about funeral planning, and learn ways to get involved and provide support.
David Heiby is a second-generation member of the Meeting House for the past 60 years. He was baptized and confirmed in the Meeting House. He met his wife, and married Christine Hamilton, in the church in 1991.
He has served in numerous roles including as a perennial usher, a member of a Pastor Nominating Committee (The Reverend Dr. Gary W. Charles), a Deacon, and an Elder. He also served several terms as the Chair of a National Capital Presbytery commission.
In 2015, he was hired by the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Cemetery and Columbarium as the Superintendent of the historic 7-acre Presbyterian Cemetery located in the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex one mile west of the Meeting House on Hamilton Lane (Avenue).
To learn more about David, visit his website.
Before entering seminary at age 35, Rev. James Sledge worked as a corporate pilot. After graduating from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, he was ordained as the pastor of Western Boulevard Presbyterian in Raleigh, NC. He next served as pastor of Boulevard Presbyterian in Columbus, OH prior to becoming Falls Church Presbyterian Church’s pastor in 2012. He recently completely a 10,000-mile motorcycle trip across the country as part of a sabbatical. He is an avid runner and is preparing for his sixth marathon. Originally from Charlotte, NC, he and his wife, Shawn, have two grown daughters, along with a son-in-law and two grandsons.
The story of Scripture is a story of meals. Every time we gather to eat, we step into the story that God has been writing throughout time—a story of goodness even in the midst of an aching world. As we probe the story that God tells through food, we see how the Communion table flows out to every table we sit at throughout the week. And we learn how to set tables of belonging, hope, and joy.
Kendall Vanderslice is a baker, writer, and the founder of the Edible Theology Project, an educational nonprofit connecting the Communion table to the kitchen table. Kendall is a graduate of Boston University (MLA Gastronomy) and Duke Divinity School (MTS) and the author of two books: We Will Feast and By Bread Alone. Learn more about Kendall Vanderslice: http://kendallvanderslice.com/, https://www.edibletheology.com/
This year’s Lenten study will take us through a deep dive of the Psalms, using Barb Roose’s book Finding Jesus in the Psalms: A Lenten Journey as our starting point. Classes will be led by Meeting House members. Each class will stand alone and you do not have to purchase or read the book to participate. All are welcome.
Barb Roose guides the reader through a meaningful encounter with the Psalms through the season of Lent. Combining an interpretation of the psalms with real life stories, the study moves through the familiar words of Psalm 23 toward the painful cries of Psalm 22 uttered by Jesus on the cross. The study includes reflections on the life of King David and the original context of the writings, along with connections between the psalms and the life and death of Jesus the Messiah.
“The Psalms provide a perfect framework for experiencing Lent through the verses that were Jesus’s own scriptures, offering both him and us strength and wisdom in a painful and redemptive season. The Book of Psalms hums with the heartbeat of our humanity with divinely inspired words that find purchase in the tenderest places in our hearts when our human words or wisdom fails us,” Barb Roose.
John Williams, Austin College Chaplain, will present a brief study of a historical marker on U.S. 190 in the Texas Hill Country, an obscure passage from 2 Kings, and a sociological analysis of the results of a 2015 Survey of Presbyterians yields 3 significant conclusions for Presbyterians as we consider the future of our denomination.
These conclusions are
1. The river has changed course;
2. The mantle still works; and
3. We’re still good millers.
Consideration of the circumstances that led to these conclusions will serve as a lens through which the state of the Presbyterian Church and our way forward might come into focus.
Rev. John Williams, Ph.D. is Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He received a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Austin College with honors in History in 1984; a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1987; and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University in 2004. His dissertation title was Between the Labyrinth and the Abyss: Presbyterians and Schism, 1837-1861.
Dr. Williams has spoken at hundreds of local, regional, and national Presbyterian Youth and Adult events and has written several published articles about Presbyterian history, church-related higher education, and ministry with college students, youth, and young adults. He is founder and director of the Austin College ACtivators—a program through which, since 1995, 622 Austin College students have traveled over 181,000 miles to help plan and lead 740 ministry events in 14 states involving over 57,000 Presbyterian children, youth, college students, young adults, adults, and senior citizens. Sixty-seven former ACtivators have attended seminary. Fifty-three former ACtivators currently serve as full-time clergy or educators in 29 Presbyterian congregations in 11 states (including Noelle Castin). Twenty-five ACtivators have served as PCUSA Young Adult Volunteers. Learn more at: https://www.austincollege.edu/campus-life/religious-life/chaplain/