Christian formation for adults is an important part of nurturing the faith and spiritual lives of all people. Church School for adults meets from 9:30-10:30 each Sunday morning.
Classes may cover a wide variety of themes and topics, from a class on Paul's writings to one on the theological import of caring for the Earth. Social justice and spiritual practices are often class topics, too. The Adult Formation Team seeks to listen deeply to the Spirit, as well as to the concerns of the Binkley congregation. In discerning classes, the team also strives to keep a balance of spiritual, theological, biblical and social justice themes. Binkley is blessed with many gifted teachers and scholars; challenging questions are welcomed!
Each September and January, you can find a current listing of classes on this page.
Spring 2017 Church School Classes for Adults
A Spiritual Gospel: John and the New Testament Origins of Anti-Judaism
Since the 2nd century John's Gospel has been described as a spiritual Gospel rather than an historical account. But more recently it has been called the most anti-Jewish document in the New Testament. How can today's church reconcile our theological dependence on John's Gospel with the anti-Jewish ways it has been used? What is our responsibility in light of such usage? Can we benefit from the spiritual insights John offers without accepting its anti-Jewish perspective? Micheal Palmer and Allen Davidson will lead this important discussion.
Each week, the group discusses ideas about parenting from current resources. The simple format includes the following: prayer, brief check-in, summary of the book or article being shared, and a discussion on prepared questions. We welcome novice and experienced parents alike looking to share laughter, support, and hope in the journey of parenting. Megan and Miles Highsmith are the co-facilitators. Click HERE to watch a video to see what people are saying about this class!
Race, Power and Christian Discipleship (continued from fall semester)
This class will continue its exploration of what it means to be white and Christian in a racialized culture. How can we better understand our racist enculturation, and how can we move toward being a positive agent for change? Class members will share in the facilitation of weekly sessions, drawing on numerous available resources. New members are welcome.
English as a Second Language
This class is designed for those learning English as a second language and interested in faith. Participants will learn vocabulary and share from their own cultures and histories in lively discussion. Muhammad and Alex Mia will co-teach the class.
Wednesday Night Series
For six weeks each fall, and six weeks in the spring--you'll find a low-cost meal for all ages at 5:30 p.m. in the Lounge, followed by an engaging program geared toward adults, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Topics in the past have included spiritual practices, the future of the Church, and Binkley's inclusive vision.
Here are a couple of examples of our Wednesday night Series presentations.
Norman Wirzba, "Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity" - Wednesday, Sept 28 2016
Binkley Member Dana Trent, "Becoming Vegetarian" - Wednesday November 11, 2015.
At Binkley, you'll find an array of informal groups that meet regularly. You will also find short-term spiritual formation and listening groups offered at Advent and Lent, as well as at various times during the year. Topics have included prayer, spiritual autobiography, attentiveness, and creativity. If you are interested in participating in such a group, please contact Stephanie Ford, Minister of Christian Formation.
Coming soon - information on the annual Women's Retreat and the Men's Retreat.
In these events, participants travel together to either the coast of North Carolina, the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, or sometimes stay local, but the gatherings focus on spiritual development and getting to know each other better.
Registration Now Open: May 5-7, 2017, Binkley Women’s Retreat at Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC: This is your year to go! Put the date on your calendar! Join friends at the warm May beach as we discover together the Divine Feminine as Goddess, El Shaddai, as Shekinah, as Mother. Bring your imagination and come for a beautiful time of rest, renewal, art, dance, and music. Registration forms available at Stephanie Ford’s door, and you may contact her for more information.