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Adult Education

Through lectures, discussions, and videos, the Adult Education program provides opportunities for members and friends of the First Congregational Church of San Jose to explore a variety of topics that inform the Christian faith. We recently completed a ten-year lecture series on the historical Jesus and the early church that featured leading edge scholars from around the country. We also offer forums on the history of the church, the study of religion, and current social issues, and we look to continue similar opportunities in the future. Last year, we entered into an arrangement with the Pacific School of Religion that is designed to make a limited number of seminary offerings available in the South Bay.

In 2013, the Adult Learning Ministry Committee planned the following events:

  • an 8-week series of sermons on progressive Christianity;
  • a forum with the Mission Board on nurturing children in the faith;
  • forums on the divide between religion and politics (based on Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind) and surprising decline in violence (based on Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature);
  • a discussion with Marty Brounstein about his book Two Among the Righteous Few, which tells the story of a Christian couple living in the Netherlands who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II;
  • a three-part series on racial inequality that used the documentary Cracking the Codes, as a discussion starter;
  • the first-annual PSR South Bay Summer Lecture Series, which featured:
    • The Rev. Jim Mitulski, Pastor of New Spirit Community Church: This Is My Body…  These are Our Bodies: Eucharist as Revolutionary Act
    • Karen McClintock, Psychologist, Southern Oregon University: Living Shamelessly: Grace-full Alternatives
    • Rev. Ann Jefferson, Program Coordinator of the Theological Education for Leadership Program at PSR: Singing the Dream: Spirituals & Gospel Music in the Civil Rights Movement