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Click here for a copy of the Adult Formation section of the 2013 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

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.

Advent 2014 Adult Forum Series

Advent Series in December

The Advent Paradox:
Contradictions in the Christian Season of Expectation

 

In 1988, organizational theorist Jerry Harvey told a management parable he called “the Abilene Paradox.” The story begins with a family from Coleman, Texas fruitlessly discussing where they might go for dinner. Someone half-heartedly suggests Abilene, some fifty miles away. Though none are particularly keen on the idea, no one protests, and the family piles into the car. After driving through a dust storm in triple-digit heat, the family eats a mediocre meal at a dingy cafeteria. When the family returns home, they gradually discover that no one, not even the person who initially suggested it, wanted to go to Abilene. Everyone, however, had kept quiet for fear of antagonizing the other members of the group.

This Abilene Paradox leads Harvey to contend that managing agreement, rather than dealing with conflict, is one of the most significant challenges in a group dynamic. He argues that conflict is more productive than the appearance of harmony, because conflict provides opportunity for growth and transformation.

The Christian faith is full of conflict and contradiction. At no time during the church year is this truer than during the season of Advent. Advent is the time when we anticipate the coming of Christ, even as we celebrate his presence among us. Advent is the time when we rejoice at the Incarnation even as we recognize the sorrow that will ultimately come at Christ’s crucifixion and death. On one hand, we could gloss over these contradictions, rationalizing them or pretending that they do not exist. On the other hand, we could embrace the conflict that exists at the heart of this season and live into the tension.

In this latter spirit, The Redeemer will offer a series of adult forums during Advent called The Advent Paradox: Contradictions in the Christian Season of Expectation. The forum will meet at 10:30 on Sunday mornings in Room 1-2-3 of the Parish House. Join us as we examine the tension at the heart of Advent and explore how it provides us an opportunity for growth and transformation.

Men's Brown Bag Bible Study
Thursdays
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

“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 2013 Annual Report.

Adult Study Group

The Adult Study Group welcomes new people to join our group of Redeemerites.  We meet to deepen our faith and to explore and discuss the challenges of being a Christian in a secular age, a time when the media focuses on conflicts between strict fundamentalists and militant atheists.  We are a small, open group of friends, who are comfortable to talk freely together.  This means we make mistakes and change our minds.  We meet in the parish house from 7:00 to 8:30 on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month.  This fall we will focus on James Smith’s brief (132 page) book, How (Not) to Be Secular.  If you are interested please join us October 7 and/or contact Howard Baker

New Opportunities for Families in 2014-15

Parenting-Conversations

 

 

 

Parenting Conversations at The Redeemer:
This fall, parishioners, Darren and Amy Clipston, are delighted to team up to lead a parenting conversation course. The parenting course includes watching a short video on various developmental stages in parenting, discussion, and eating a simple supper. Anyone with children aged 0-10 are invited to attend. The sessions will last two hours and childcare will be provided in the nursery. If you have been looking for a place to discuss parenting in the safe context of a Christian community, this is the gathering for you. Please contact Darren or Amy Clipston. Darren and Amy are the proud parents of Ella (8), Jonathan (5), and Jason (11 months). The Conversations will take place on October 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, and 9 from 4:30-6:30. Signup online here so we can plan childcare and food appropriately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith-and-Families

 

 

 

 

 

Faith and the Family:
Please look for monthly adult forums geared towards teaching and living faith at home and in the parish. Our first offering will focus on" Worshipping with Children: Why Bother?" Tory Kline and Melissa Wilcox will look at the theology of worship, the spirituality of children, and offer practical tips of being in the "big" church at Redeemer. Please join us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabbath Time:
Once again, our Rite 13 program will gather for a monthly Sabbath time. This program exists to allow our young people to rest, relax, and enjoy the gift of Sabbath with other kids in the Rite 13 program. In our increasingly programmed world, it is a gift to gather kids from different schools and give them a chance to enjoy each other and God's creation. All parents of Rite 13 youth play a role in shaping this program. Rebecca Northington, mother to Rite 13ers, Jack and Lachlan, facilitates this important ministry.

 

Save the Date, October 26, for a Missions Reflection Day. 
Have you ever wanted to spend time engaging others at Redeemer about Missions?  At the end of October, you have a unique chance to listen, converse, and think about Missions in the Church.

On Sunday, October 19, the clergy will lead a forum on theology of mission and how mission can be understood in the larger context of the life of the Church.

On Sunday, October 26, panelists comprised of Redeemer parishoners will answer questions about their involvement in Missions ranging from the Dominican Republic to the Blankenburg School.  Using Conor Grennan's book, Little Princes, as a springboard for discussion, we will see a short video by Conor Grennan and then continue conversation at tables over lunch.  Children and youth are more than welcome to this program as well.  A children's activity will take place and youth will enagage in the program itself.

10:30-11:15 Panel
11:30-11:45 Video
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Table Discussions

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