Adult Ministry

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At Central, we believe that Christian education is a lifelong journey. In addition to gathering for worship, adults are encouraged to participate in classes on Sunday mornings.

Classes are offered every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with a variety of topics from Bible study, to current issues, to theological questions. Ongoing adult classes with rotating leadership provide learning and fellowship opportunities. Special studies are also offered throughout the year.  Each January Central’s adult classes meet together for Winter Studies and during the summer months for Summer Series to focus on a specific topic.


February 2017

Issues in Theology

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. | February 12 – 

Class Convener | Michael Lloyd

Location | OAC Art Room, Ground Floor, Oglesby Building

Studying the book, Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow, by Steven B. Smith

Embedded with many theological issues and arguments, Smith’s powerfully lucid intellectual history of modernity offers a new take on the dialogue between ancients and moderns, showing how a diverse group of modern philosophers and writers became more aware of their own ideas and identity by engaging with perennial issues. As an account of who we in the West have become, Modernity and its Discontents should inform discussions of what we might mean by progress in the future.


Sojourners Class | Covenant Bible Study

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. | February 12 – April 2

Class Convener | Ed Carwile

Location | Brotherhood Room

We continue using our Covenant Bible Study curriculum. During our eight weeks together we will focus on Living the Covenant.

In random order, we will study 12 books from the New Testament and also the Old Testament. To prepare for Sunday’s lesson you will be asked to read specific passages each week. Additionally, each class will include a short video featuring Bible scholars sharing their own incites on the books of the Bible they specialize in.

Join us and increase your biblical knowledge, it’s a lifelong challenge. Your first lesson is to read the short books of Ruth, Esther, and Song of Solomon in the Old Testament before Feb 12.


A Keystone Class | Sacred Journeys

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. | February 12 – May 21

Class Convener | Mary Amos

Location | Taylor Conference Room

In Sacred Journeys, we will recall our own sacred journeys using the writings of Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond, Brene Brown, Daring Greatly, and our own genograms. This class will be led by Rev. Mary G. Amos,  pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist. You are invited to come along on the journey and be willing to share your own sacred story, daring greatly to be vulnerable and risking having your life transformed.


January 2017

This is Our Story: Listening Closely and Reaching Out

This is not a learning series about evangelism – or even grappling with evangelism. Instead, we will create a space which will allow everyone – including ourselves – to be seen. We will hear stories from others and learn to recognize value in our own stories as well. We know we are a church that can “get a lot done,” but without seeing gifts and hearing value in stories, we simply walk and talk past each other.

Each week we’ll have a combination of facilitated focusing, small group conversation, and theological reflection.

  • Jan. 8 | Fearing Less
  • Jan. 15 | Seeing More
  • Jan. 22 | Asking Hard Questions
  • Jan. 29 | Finding a Center in the Margins
  • Feb. 5 | Living the Questions

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. in the Atrium, Ground Floor, Oglesby Building

Sponsored by the Invitation Committee


November 2016

Pronouns, Potties & People: Transgender Studies 101

Film Screening: Nov. 5  at 5 p.m., Sanctuary

Class: Sundays 9:45 a.m., Nov. 6-27, OAC Atrium

Facilitator: Molly McGinnis

Film Screening: We will kick off our class with an exclusive screening of the new film, Out of Order, on Saturday Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.

Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they confront entrenched bigotry and work to build loving support within their churches. The film follows the journeys of several PC (USA) ministers and people seeking ordination across the country.

Executive director of More Light Presbyterians and star of the film, Alex McNeil, will host a Q&A after the screening.

Class Description: Pronouns, bathroom laws, celebrities coming out! What’s this all about? And what does it have to do with our faith? In this 4-week series, we will explore some basics about gender identity, dip into biblical and theological interpretations, and discuss current issues coming up in our legislative session. The class will be facilitated by Molly McGinnis, as well as some special guests from other faith communities.


Updates from Kate Taber • Nov. 13, 9:45 a.m.

Location: To be determined

Description: Former resident pastor at Central, Kate Taber, will be returning to Atlanta from Israel/Palestine (where she has been doing mission work for some time) in November for the birth of her child, expected to happen in December. Come hear the latest about her work and catch up with a beloved former Pastor in Residence.


From Fear to Forgiveness: A Journey of Hope • Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m.

Presented by: Cindy McMahon

Location: Taylor Conference Room

Description: Cindy Henry McMahon’s family history is a slide show of the turbulent South: a thwarted lynch mob on a Georgia preacher’s front porch; the integration of Mercer University; Birmingham, 1963; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march in Selma; Koinonia Farm and the germination of Habitat for Humanity; inner-city activism and counter-culture communities in the woods. Join Cindy for a reading and discussion of her memoir, Fresh Water from Old Wells, and her personal journey from fear and anger-through cities, small towns, and crossroads throughout the South-to a place of forgiveness.

Signed copies Cindy’s books will be available for sale. 


October 2016

Sojourners Class: Convenant Bible study • Sundays, Oct. 9 – Dec. 11

Class Convener: Ed Carwile

Location: Brotherhood Room

DescriptionThe Covenant Bible Study class, led by Beth Johnson, is for adults with all different levels of Bible knowledge.  Join us for a unique style of learning that will make your faith stronger.     


Beginning Sept. 2016

Issues in Theology Sundays, Sept. 11 – Dec. 11

Class Convener: Michael Lloyd

Location: OAC Area Art Room, downstairs

Description: The Issues in Theology class will discuss the book, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong

In these times of rising geopolitical chaos, the need for mutual understanding between cultures has never been more urgent. Religious differences are seen as fuel for violence and warfare. In Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong amasses a sweeping history of humankind to explore the perceived connection between war and the world’s great creeds—and to issue a passionate defense of the peaceful nature of faith.

With unprecedented scope, Armstrong looks at the whole history of each tradition—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism. Religions, in their earliest days, endowed every aspect of life with meaning, and warfare became bound up with observances of the sacred. Modernity has ushered in an epoch of spectacular violence, although, as Armstrong shows, little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different faiths in our time.


Sojourners Class: Jewish Festivals & the New Testament Sundays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 2

Class Leader: Lucy Baum

Location: Brotherhood Room

Description: We’ll read New Testament passages which make reference to Jewish festivals, especially Passover, the feast of  Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and the Feast of Weeks, and explore how Christian writers drew on Hebrew traditions to make theological claims about Jesus.


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