Adult Education

For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. (II Peter 1:5-7)

CMC offers a number of interesting learning opportunities for adults in every stage of life.

CMC Adult Education Fall Quarter Classes

September 3 – November 26, 2017

(No classes on September 24: Church Retreat!)

Mennonite Witness in Palestine-Israel: working for peace with justice  Written by Palestinian Christians in 2009, the Kairos Palestine document states that the mission of the Church is “to speak the Word of God courageously, honestly and lovingly,” and to “stand alongside the oppressed.” It also urges Christians to “take a position of truth with regard to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land,” favorably noting the role of boycotts and divestment as a form of nonviolent resistance to the occupation. In Orlando this summer, Mennonite Church USA overwhelmingly approved a resolution–“Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine”–that, among other things, calls for the creation of an investment screen for the purpose of “withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.” Continuing the conversation from Orlando, this Sunday School series will provide an overview of the current situation in Palestine-Israel, including the work of Mennonites and Mennonite agencies in the region, offer space for biblical and theological reflection on the church’s response to that situation (e.g. issues of land and chosenness, exile and return, anti-Judaism and Christian Zionism), and consider how we might respond together as a congregation.  Facilitator:  Tim Seidel (Room #109)

Nurturing Souls for the Sake of the World (Sep. 10-Oct 29)  This 7-session class will explore Christian spirituality by:  1) helping participants grow in noticing and articulating their experience of God; 2) providing opportunity to experience various spiritual practices and reflect on them, and; 3) establishing life rhythms which make it possible to “stand differently in the world.”   Facilitator:  Jane Hoober Peifer (Room #203: 2nd floor)

Women Who Made (Biblical) History: Part 2 (Oct. 22-Nov. 26)  Are you interested in investigating some of the women whose stories and voices are sprinkled throughout the Biblical canon like yeast leavening the whole batch of dough?  This 6-week mini-series will pick up where we left off in the spring.  Facilitators: Jennifer Davis Sensenig and Gloria Rhodes (Room #203: 2nd floor)

Films and Faith   Inspired by the Movies and Meaning Festival, this class will gather together using “films as touchstones,” to give viewers a “chance to wonder, dream, and reflect on our world and our active place in making it.” The idea is simple: participants watch a film and have a discussion about it. The Movies and Meaning Festival provide the film suggestions, as well as the discussion questions, through their website (http://www.moviesandmeaning.com /community/). During our first meeting, participants will decide together how to organize the viewings and discussion. For more information, contact Matt Carlson at matt31275@gmail.comFacilitator:  Matthew Carlson (Dean House, Room #1)

Green Congregation–Climate Action  Gather to learn more about global climate change and help discern ways CMC can get active in addressing it as a congregation, as family units, and in the community locally and beyond. Many think the devastation to the planet and to marginalized people is the biggest challenge facing humankind. What are the roles for justice minded faith communities? For us? Facilitators: Wayne Teel and Martin Burkholder (Dean House, Room #3)

Men’s Off-Campus Fellowship  This unstructured fellowship hour affords a unique opportunity for men to enjoy coffee, donuts, and healthy conversation.  Visitors welcome.  Contact person: Hugh Stoll, Nathan Zook Barge, Jim Miller and Ben Wyse (Meets at VMRC and at various off-campus locations)

Quilting and Conversation  Join us as we share and fellowship while quilting! Ask us about our current projects!  Contact person:  Martha June Graber (Meets in the coat rack area, off of the Fellowship Hall) 

If you have any questions, please contact the listed class leaders or one of the members of the Adult Education Committee: Kent Davis Sensenig (chair); Reta Finger; or Dayna Olson-Getty (pastoral advisor)