Progressive ~ Traditional ~ Open to All

Classes & Small Groups

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Fundamentalism in Four Traditions

Session 1: Judaism
Session 2: Christianity
Session 3: Islam
Session 4: 

Influential Religious Personalities

Session 1: Dorothy Day
Session 2: Tihirih & Abdu'l Ghaffer Khan
Session 3: Desmond Tutu
Session 4: C.S. Lewis
Session 5: Aurobindo Ghose & Rabindranath Tagore
Session 6: 

Ongoing Groups for Spiritual Growth and Support

The Gift of Years

Reminisce the years and share personal stories about life and the process of aging, guided by Joan Chittister's book, "The Gift of Years" as a guide.

First Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the Howald Parlor

Topics include but not limited to Dreams, Regrets, Newness, Meaning, Limitations, Faith, Legacy and more.  Join us as we celebrate the wisdom of aging and fellowship with friends.  If you would like more information please contact Nancy Wood. 

Spiritual Growth Group

The Spiritual Growth Group wishes to invite anyone (men and women)  who would like to join us twice a month to do so.  We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 10:00 A.M.  to 11:30.  We spend a few minutes saying hello and then are presented with a topic for meditation.  We are led into centering meditation and then are given personal time to continue in meditation or to journal.  We come back together for the last minutes to share anything we feel we would like to about our meditation and quiet time experience.

This is an individual experience within a group of persons who are all on their own path towards being all that they can be for God and this world we live in.
If you would like more information please contact Nancy Wood. 

Group for Grief Sharing

Sooner or later we all experience grief from the loss of a loved one.  For some, that event comes too soon.  Sue LeBreton and Dr. Lynn Decker-Mahin lead a group where grief can be shared in a safe and confidential environment.

Meets on first & third Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM in the Howald Parlor

If you would like more information please contact Dr. Lynn Decker-Mahin

Register for Eileen Gold's class

Past Classes and Recordings

Sacred Texts

Attitudes Towards Death

Session 1: Zoroastrianism & Judaism
Session 2: Christianity & Islam
Session 3: Hinduism & Buddhism
Session 4: Shintoism, Mormonism & Baha'i

History of Christian Thought

Session 1: Early Church, Apostle Paul
Session 2: Orthodox Doctrine & Cannon
Session 3: Theodosius I, Augustine, Gregory
Session 4: Anselm, Great Schism, Aquinas
Session 5: Reformation - Luther, Zwingly
Session 6: Reformation - Calvin, Wesley
Session 7: Social Gospel,  Feminist Theology
Session 8: Modernity - Liberation Theology
Session 1: Jewish Texts
Session 2: Bhagavad Gita
Session 3: Christianity
Session 3: Islam

Angels & the First Christmas

Session 1: Angels Overview
Session 2: Angel Gabriel
Session 3: Message of Angels 

20th Century Theologians

Session 1: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Session 2: Paul Tillich
Session 3: John Dominic Crossan

Himalayan Journey

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

The Divine Feminine

Session 1: Judaism & Islam

Session 2: Christianity

Session 3: Hinduism & Buddhism

Introduction to Process Theology

Session 1: What is Process Theology?

Session 2: Process Theology & the Christian Faith

Session 3: Addressing Modern Concerns with Process Theology

What is Mysticism?

Session 1: Mysticism in Judaism

Session 2: Mysticism in Christianity

Session 3: Mysticism in Islam

Session 4: Mysticism in Hinduism

When Religion Becomes Evil

Session 1: Absolute Truth
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Session 2: Blind Obedience
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Session 3: Ideal Time & The End Justifies Means
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Session 4: Declaring Holy War
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Sacred Cities

Session 1: Rome
Session 2: Jerusalem
Session 3: Damascus
Session 4: Varanasi

Stories of Women in the Bible

Session 6: Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany, Mary mother of Jesus
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Wisdom Literatures

Session 1: Proverbs
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Session 2: Ecclesiastes
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Session 3: Job, pt.1
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Session 4: Job, pt.2
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Methodism 101

Session 1: History
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Session 2: Theology
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Jesus in Different Religious Traditions

Session 1: Jesus in Judaism & Islam
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Session 2: Jesus in Hinduism & Buddhism
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Session 3: Jesus in Sikhism, Mormonism, & Baha'i Faith
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The Last Week of Jesus Christ

Session 1:Palm Sunday
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Session 2: Holy Monday
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Session 3: Tuesday & Wednesday
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Session 4: Maundy Thursday & Good Friday
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Controversial Issues

Session 1: Issue of Abortion - Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice
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Session 3: Capital Punishment
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Session 4: Assisted Suicide
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Session 5: Just War
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Branches of Christianity

Session 1: Early Church, the Great Schism, Orthodoxy & Catholicism
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Session 2: Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, Lutheranism
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Session 3: John Calvin, Presbyterianism, the Reformed Traditions
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Session 4: Anglicanism, Methodism, the Holiness Movement
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Session 5: Baptist Traditions & Pentecostalism
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Book of Revelation

Session 1: Introduction & Historical Overview
(Revelation 1)

Session 2: Letters to the Churches and the Vision of Two Kingdoms (Revelation 2 - 7)

Session 3: Understanding the Signs: Seals, Trumpets & Bowls (Revelation 8 - 14)

Session 4: Fall of Babylon and the Reign of Christ
(Revelation 15 - 21)

Early Christianity

Dr. Bill Garlington will be presenting a three-week class on early Christianity (the first three centuries) focusing on the various images of Jesus that emerged, as well as the development of scripture, doctrine and authority in the early Church.

Journeys with Gene

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Gene Bream's
Zoom Classes

The Magic of Provence!

Explore this fabled region of France—lavender fields & sunflowers, country churches, colossal cathedrals, serene spiritual sites, medieval castles, and stunning Roman ruins.  Provence has inspired great artists like van Gogh & Cezanne & Chagall, it is home to flocks of magnificent flamingoes, and Provence offers deliciously unique cuisine and magnificent wines. In a time when it’s still tough to travel, we’ll experience bucolic landscapes, charming medieval villages, and the sun-drenched beaches of the Riviera.  We’ll even try to learn how to play pétanque and speak a bit of Provençal!  Eugène Bream will offer this Zoom series of four sessions starting April 6th at 3pm.

Mont-Saint Michel

Gene Bream presents a Zoom class on the islet of Mont-Saint-Michel (Normandy, France), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its marvelous Romanesque Abbey.  History and art will come together in the exploration of this second spot.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Many of you have participated in Gene Bream’s informative sessions which have included “A Pilgrimage to Chartres Cathedral”, “Glorious Stainte Chapelle à Paris”, “Da Vinci's “The Last Supper””, “Treasures of Van Gogh”, and “A Wild Truffle Hunt."  Gene’s next Zoom offering will be a three-part series exploring the beauty and glories of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts .  Come join us for this journey as we trace the development of these stunning artistic gifts from the European Middle Ages.

La Sainte Chapelle 

Gene Bream will take us to La Sainte Chapelle, the stunningly magnificent little church in Paris built by Saint Louis.  We will see the relic presumed to be Jesus' Crown of Thorns for which La Chapelle was built, learn about the chapel's history and construction, and look closely at La Chapelle's truly breathtaking stained glass.