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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 10:30 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.

January 2017 Forums

Aspiring to Love
Part II

By David Romanik

When William Penn founded a city on the banks of the Delaware River in the 17th century, he took a unique approach to naming it. Instead of honoring a benefactor or the place he had come from, Penn named the city for a virtue. Drawing from the Greek words for “love” and “brother,” Penn called the city Philadelphia. Having escaped religious persecution, this was not a superficial decision on Penn’s part. Indeed, Penn hoped the colony he established would be a place of tolerance, mutuality, and fraternal love. From its very inception, in other words, Philadelphia was more than a place; it was an aspiration.

This past spring, our forum series showcased some of the extraordinary organizations in this area that are helping Philadelphia live up to its name. In January, we will revisit this theme, specifically highlighting the joys and challenges surrounding the issue of education. Presenters from Church Farm School, the Education Law Center, and Saint James School will describe how their organizations are making it possible for students to succeed in an ever-changing world. Beginning on Sunday, January 8, we will learn about the ways people of this area are encouraging us and our children to aspire to love.

January 8
Education Law Center

The mission of the Education Law Center is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Through legislative action, local advocacy, and support for community organizations, the ELC provides support to the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable students. Join Maura McInerney, Senior Attorney at the ELC, as she discusses the work and mission of this organization.

January 15
Church Farm School

Located in Exton, Church Farm School prepares a diverse group of boys to lead productive and fulfilling lives. As a Christian community in the Episcopal tradition, Church Farm School serves students of many different faiths and traditions who might not otherwise have opportunities for a college preparatory education. Join Head of School Edmund Sherrill as he discusses the mission and ministry of this institution.

January 22
Saint James School

Philadelphia has the eighth largest school district in the country, and its public students are overwhelmingly poor: 79 percent of them are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. St. James School is an Episcopal middle school committed to educating traditionally under-resourced students in a nurturing environment. The school provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and creative gifts in its students. Join Head of School David Kasievich as he discusses the mission and ministry of this important institution.

Advent 2016 Forum Series

Advent Journeys: Finding our True Home in God

Advent is primarily about waiting and anticipation. While we tend to think of waiting as a static activity, the faithful waiting that characterizes the season of Advent is dynamic and directional. The biblical passages we associate with this season are full of movement: from Isaiah’s sweeping vision of God’s highway, to the Holy Family’s travels to Bethlehem and Egypt. The centrality of movement in Scripture and our Advent observance is a persistent reminder that our true home must be found in God. This year, our Advent forum series will examine the dynamic waiting of the season and explore the journey at the heart of the Christian faith.

November 27
Journeying through the Bible

Prior to the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the people of Israel were nomadic and worshiped God in a tent. The fact that God’s people worshiped the creator of all things in a temporary dwelling place makes a profound statement about the centrality of journeys in the biblical narrative. Few seasons of the church year highlight these journeys more than Advent. Join David Romanik as he examines what these biblical journeys reveal about our faith and teach us about ourselves.

December 4
Who Is My Neighbor? Exploring the Global Neighborhood through ACM

For many years, the African Children’s Mission (ACM) at Church of the Redeemer has worked with the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) to improve the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS in Malawi. In July, Redeemer parishioner and ACM director Prill Bradshaw journeyed to our adopted village of Kukada to be updated about the progress that has been made and to bring greetings from the parish. Join David Romanik as he interviews Prill about her journey.

December 11
Where Is Our Place? Understanding the Plight of Iraqi Christians

Since 2003, Christians throughout Iraq have been persecuted and forced from their homes. Churches and other Christian communities have been decimated by years of war and the rise of the so-called Islamic State. Today, over 120,000 Iraqi Christians are living in tents, cramped apartments, abandoned buildings, and basements in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Reverend Chris Bishop, rector of Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church in Radnor, has made a documentary film about the situation facing Christians in Iraq today. Where Is Our Place? profiles Iraqi Christians and explores whether Christianity has a future in Iraq. Join us for a screening of the film and a conversation about the challenges facing the Church in the Middle East.

October & November Adult Forums

Fall Series
Faithfully Political: Religion, Politics, and the Search for Meaning

It is almost universally agreed that there are two subjects one should avoid discussing in polite company: religion and politics. In part, this is because religion and politics speak to us at the deepest levels of our being. They are both ways that we seek to make sense of the world. They are, in other words, topics worth exploring. In October and November of this year, our Adult Forums will challenge this well-worn taboo and examine the interplay of faith and politics. Politicians, scholars, and people of faith from around the area will discuss the ways our deeply held religious and political views shape the way we experience the world. In this contentious political season, we hope you will join us as we consider what it means to be both faithful and political.

October 2
“So that We May be Like Other Nations”: The Politics of Ambivalence in the Book of Samuel

Perhaps surprisingly, Scripture has quite a lot to say about politics. Both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament contain numerous references to the political realities of the world and the ways faithful people should engage with the world around them. Few biblical texts articulate this better than the Book of Samuel. Samuel explores the seduction of power, the danger of misplaced loyalty, and the challenge of reconciling political engagement with our devotion to God. Join David Romanik as he considers what this astonishingly relevant book has to say to people of faith about this election cycle and our common life.

Click here for video excerpts from October 2 session.


October 9
Religious Freedom: Past, Present (Controversies), Future

Philadelphia was the birthplace of religious freedom, but today the idea is under threat around the world, including by some who claim to defend it. With an eye on history and global trends, Dr. Jon Pahl, the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Christianity in North America at Lutheran Theological Seminary, will explore the recent controversies over marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act at the intersection of religion and politics in the United States.

Click here for video excerpts from October 9 session.

October 16
The Political Poet

When explaining the political vocation, Mario Cuomo famously observed, “You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.” In a similar vein, John F. Kennedy suggested, “If more politicians knew poetry and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a better place.” Though they were making distinct points, both politicians agreed on an important truth: Poetry has a unique ability to describe the shape of the world. Redeemer parishioner Dr. Charles Zeiders has a deep appreciation for poetry’s expressive power. As an Anglo Catholic psychologist and poet, Charles uses poetry and spirituality to explore the politics of the contemporary age. Join him as he explores the intersections of faith and politics through a poetic lens.

Click here for video excerpts from October 16 session.

October 23
Working for the Common Weal: Community Engagement through Collaborative Politics

Pennsylvania is one of four states designated as a “commonwealth.” This distinction does not have legal implications; instead; it refers to a political community established for the “common weal” (or “common good,” in modern English). Redeemer parishioner Tiffany O’Neill has spent her political career working for the common good in the communities she has served throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As both a volunteer and an elected official, she has collaborated with people of many backgrounds and political affiliations. Join her as she shares her passion for public engagement and describes her collaborative approach to working for the common good.

Click here for video excerpts from October 23 session.

October 30
God Talk in the White House:

The Use and Abuse of Presidential Religious Rhetoric

In his first inaugural address, George W. Bush pledged, “When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side.” This reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan is a powerful example of a president using a religious reference to communicate his moral vision. Indeed, throughout the history of this country, politicians have used religious language to express a sense of shared values with the American people. The Reverend Dr. Adam Kradel, political scientist and rector of Christ Church in Media, has studied this phenomenon by examining religious rhetoric used by American presidents in the post-World War II era. He has found that citizens tend to respond to presidents familiar with religious narratives, especially when they are seeking a leader who communicates beyond simple self interest. Join Adam as he shares his findings and explores the implications of our elected officials using religious language. 

Click here for video excerpts from October 30 session.

November 6
The Perils of Absolutism

Even at their best, politics and religion are necessarily imperfect. Politics requires compromise and as such, it is almost never ideologically pure. Meanwhile, religion is a finite placeholder for an infinite God. Both religion and politics, in other words, require us to recognize their limitations. Nevertheless, there are many who assume that politics and religion are only legitimate if they are “pure.” Join Dr. Aryeh Botwinick, professor of political science at Temple University, as he explores how a deeper understanding of theology can challenge these absolutist tendencies in both politics and religion.


November 13
The Political Vocation: Who Are You Called to Be in Shaping the Good Society?

Though our politics have become nearly intolerable for many of us, people of faith have described a sense of being summoned to participate in the political process for generations. The Reverend Bill Golderer is one of these people. For over 15 years, Bill has participated in various aspects of regional and national politics in an attempt to help fashion a more compassionate and just society. He is the Senior Pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian Church and the founder of Broad Street Ministry, an innovative community that provides hospitality to over 8,000 Philadelphians struggling with hunger and homelessness. In 2016, Bill sought to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S House of Representatives. Join Bill as he reflects on the intersections of his political and Christian vocations. 


November 20
The Islamic State and al-Qaeda: Allegiance, Rebellion and the Caliphate. 

Though we tend to assume that al-Qaeda and the Islamic state fall under the same umbrella, the relationship between these two extremist groups is incredibly fraught. Join Dr. Barak Mendelsohn, professor of Political Science at Haverford College, as he explores the way these groups argue about questions of legitimate authority and rebellion in Islam, and demonstrates how each is employing this discourse to promote its own interests while discrediting the other’s Islamic credentials.

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

Women's Brown Bag Bible Study
Thursdays   12:00- 1 pm
Bring your lunch if you wish

We are reading and comparing the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, encountering Jesus and the Word He was sent to proclaim in a fresh way. Come with a beginner’s mind. No previous Bible study experience is necessary, all questions are welcome, and there is no homework. Expect to gain new insights into your understanding of the scriptures and the life of Jesus and to have a goodtime. We wholeheartedly welcome new members!
Church of the Redeemer - 230 Pennswood Road - Bryn Mawr, PA 19010