Adult Ministry


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.

Fall 2019 shadowFall 2018 Adult Sunday School Classes

Philosophy for Understanding Theology | an Issues in Theology Class

Michael Lloyd, Convenor | Location: Central OAC Art Room (ground floor of the Oglesby Building)

This Fall the Issues in Theology class resumes its discussion of the book, Philosophy for Understanding Theology, by Diogenes Allen and Eric Springsted, a classic review for linking philosophy with Christian theology.


Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times | A Keystone Class

Mary Amos, Convenor | Location: Taylor Conference Room

Continuing their examination of current and historical mystics, the Keystone Class will be reading and discussing Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times by Matthew Fox. Eckhart, a profound 13th century mystic, becomes practical as author Fox connects Eckhart’s writing to a wide range of theological and philosophical thinkers.  For example, chapters like “Meister Eckhart meets Buddhism via Thich Nhat Hanh” and “Meister Eckhart Meets Carl Jung.” Members of the class will be asked (but not required) to choose one of the post-13th century mystics in the book to present to the class.

Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World | A Sojourners Class

Ed Carwile, Convenor | Location: The Brotherhood Room (off Tull Hall)

We will look at the differences and similarities between Christian faith and other religious traditions. World class scholars will help us process and learn about how Christ can be “the way, the truth and the life” without condemning other peoples religious beliefs and values. The central question of this series is: How is Christianity related to other faith traditions? Read John 14:1-7 to begin this study.

Believing and Belonging: Two-Week Class for Visitors and New Members

Do you have a friend or neighbor who you have been wanting to invite to church but have not known how? Or have you been sitting near a visitor in worship? Invite them to the Believing and Belonging class, a two-week class for visitors and new members. The class will be taught by Anna George Traynham, with coffee and donuts provided by the Invitation committee. We will explore what Presbyterians believe, how those beliefs inform our life at Central, and what it means to belong in today’s world of competing interests.

The next class is Sundays September 23 and September 30 at 9:45 in the Parlor off Tull Fellowship Hall.


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