Adult Education

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Do you want to grow in your understanding of the foundational and significant elements of your faith? Do you want to challenge yourself and your faith with new questions and new thinking?

Our Academy of Christian Discipleship offers short-term courses with quality offerings taught by a rotating selection of excellent faculty. Come with us as we explore biblical study, spiritual formation, current events, and health and wholeness.

Current Class Offerings

Tyranny and The Founding Fathers – by Hal Serrie

This class will meet at 10am from October 16 – November 20.

Since the 1980s our nation has been gripped by multiple crises, and we are so politically divided that some extremists seek to overturn our government through violence. As Christians we are enjoined to reconcile with each other: “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First make things right with your brother or sister and then come back and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5: 23-24).

In this course we will revisit our foundation as the modern world’s first and greatest democracy; study the ways in which the ideologies of Communism, Fascism and Nazism established totalitarian dictatorships that brought suffering and death to millions of people; and consider the ways that people have opposed authoritarian rule.

Hal Serrie is a member of First Presbyterian Church and a retired Professor of Anthropology and International Business at Eckerd College. He has worked in Oaxaca, Mexico; Aleppo, Syria; Taipei, Taiwan; and Suzhou, China.

Hal will be leading the class, using On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (120 pp.) by Timothy Snyder. Copies of the book may be ordered and picked up through the church office.

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