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Click here for a copy of the Adult Formation section
of the 2014 Annual Report.


See the listings below for adult educational offerings
at The Redeemer in the year ahead.

Adult Forums

Bible Studies

Adult Study Groups

Adult Forums
Sundays at 10:15 in the Parish House Lower Level, Room 1-2-3
(during the academic season)

Adult Forums are scheduled weekly. Subjects cover a broad range of topics and guest speakers lead us in contemporary issues of the day and theological discussions. See the most recent issue of the weekly News from The Redeemer for details.

October 2015 Adult Forums

Reconcilable Differences:
Rediscovering the Relationship Between Faith and Science

By David Romanik

Though the relationship between science and religion has sometimes been tense, the fact is that both are honest attempts to understand our place in the universe. During the month of October, our Adult Forums will explore the interplay of science and religion in a series entitled Reconcilable Differences: Rediscovering the Relationship Between Faith and Science. We will hear from speakers from our parish and throughout the area who will help us find the common ground between these two indispensable ways of searching for meaning. All forums will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:30 in Room 1-2-3 of the Parish House.

Michelle-Francl-1Sunday, October 4
Working at the subtle edge: the intersection of science and religion

To do theology, William James said, is to work at the subtle edge of things, at the place where words and thoughts expire.  Science, too, walks a subtle edge between what we know and what we can describe.  It pushes language and mathematics in its attempt to express what we understand about the universe. In the end, are these two ways of looking at the universe inherently incompatible? What can science and faith tell each other?  Edges are often perilous places; what are the risks of working at this subtle edge? Join Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, as she explores these questions.





KDuffy-2013Sunday, October 11
Teilhard’s Mysticism: Seeing the Inner Face of Evolution

In an early essay, Teilhard de Chardin describes the natural root and stages of his spiritual growth in terms of five concentric circles. During his life, these circles continue to provide him with stepping stones into an ever deepening mystical life. They plot his growth and development as he spirals ever more deeply into the heart of matter, where he eventually finds himself within the very heart of God. Dr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, professor of physics at Chestnut Hill College, will lead us through these circles and explore how Teilhard’s experience can open our hearts to the wonders of our universe and to the Divine Presence that dwells there.





charles_amis_headshotSunday, October 18
Faith in the Arcade

Video games have become a ubiquitous part of our culture and we are only beginning to understand their implications. Join video game designer Charles Amis as he discusses these important cultural touchstones, and considers how they might be an authentic element of the Christian life.







Peter-DodsonSunday, October 25
Reflections on Fossils and Faith

Join Peter Dodson, dinosaur paleontologist at the University of Pennsylvania, as he discusses the two pillars of his career: dinosaur paleontology and his Christian faith. In his work as a scientist and evolutionary biologist, Dr. Dodson affirms that we do not have to choose between faith in God and faith in science. He knows that God’s works are trustworthy. Truth cannot contradict truth. As Darwin noted, there is grandeur in this view of life.

Wednesday Night Rector's Class - Forgive


The Lens of Forgiveness

Wednesday Evenings 7:00-8:00
October 14 - November 18
Led by Peter Vanderveen

When Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time became a runaway bestseller, one of its initial reviewers raised an interesting question. The reader was a trained physicist for whom all of the ideas presented were familiar. He was a full member of Hawking’s select guild. And he had read the book several times. Yet he still found many of the passages impossible to fully understand or even adequately comprehend. What seemed simple in its presentation was nothing short of stymying. Nonetheless, millions of copies of the book were being sold; most of them to people who had no training in physics at all. He wondered then what it was that caused so many people to buy the book, for he was convinced that few could make much headway in it at all.

His answer was telling. He suggested that people bought the book not in order to read it but to display it on their coffee tables. “Like the Bible,” he said, it’s a book better left untouched. Learning what it actually says is too difficult. But leaving it out for others to see grants a certain desirable status.

The reviewer didn’t intend his remarks to reflect on the state of Christianity, but his comments were telling. God is just as difficult to comprehend as physics, but we tend not to spend much time or effort on correctly perceiving him. Brief and simple seems better. So too with many of the practices of faith: love, hope, mercy, forgiveness. We presume that we know what these entail and loosely factor them in our practices as seems appropriate.

Part of the testimony of the Bible, however, is the complexity of the relationship of God with us and, correspondingly, of us with our neighbors. Knowing what is actually asked of us and knowing what that demands—as well as what its consequences might be—deserves much thought and discernment. It also offers much benefit.

For this series of discussions, we will be considering the role of forgiveness in the life of faith: what it means, how it’s done, what it accomplishes, how it reveals something of God, how it challenges and changes the logic of human relations, justice, and judgment. Rather than leaving forgiveness on the table, as little more than an applauded religious concept, the discussion will explore how forgiveness can be a sharp lens, by which we can see God and so much of our lives in clearer focus.

We will be reading passages from the Gospels and various secondary sources.

Men's Brown Bag Bible Study
12:00 pm, Conference Room, Parish House

Bring your lunch and your inquiring spirit to join in a wide-ranging discussion about writings of C. S. Lewis, the Gospels, the letters of Paul, and the religious issues of our day.

    Contact: Bob Peck

Click here for a copy of the Men's Brown Bag Bible Study section of the 2014 Annual Report.

Women's Brown Bag Bible Study
Thursdays   12:00- 1 pm

“Read, learn, mark and inwardly digest…” Sitting with scripture and soaking in its meaning for our individual and corporate lives is an art.  As in any relationship, it is important in our relationship with God to nurture a balance between speaking and deep listening.  This weekly time of study will give participants an opportunity to encounter particular biblical texts, to listen reflectively to those texts, and to engage in dialogue about how God’s word is touching their own lives. Come when you can, bring a lunch if you wish, invite others to join the group at any time.  

Click here for a copy of the Women's Brown Bag Bible Study section of the 2014 Annual Report.

Church of the Redeemer - 230 Pennswood Road - Bryn Mawr, PA 19010