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Christian Education

ADULT PROGRAM


Contact us for more information for online meeting time and link. We'll be using "Zoom" (you can download the app to your computer or device in advance, here) - it even works well on smartphones!

In the season of Lent, 2020, we looked at a series on the Historical Jesus, featuring the thought of late theologian, Marcus Borg (view a trailer here). Handouts for those sessions are below:
SESSION 1 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 1
SESSION 2 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 8
SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 15
SESSION 4 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 22

SESSION 5 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 29

SESSION 6 HANDOUT (PDF) - April 5



Through the Sundays of Easter, we looked at music in worship, following a series with Church of Scotland minister, composer, and author, John Bell. (view a trailer here).

SESSION 1 HANDOUT (PDF) - April 12
SESSION 2 HANDOUT (PDF) - April 19

SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF)  - April 26

SESSION 4 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 3

SESSION 5 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 10

SESSION 6 HANDOUT (PDF)  - May 17

SESSION 7 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 24
SESSIONS 8 + 9 HANDOUT (PDF) - May 31


In "Ordinary Time," and the Sundays after Pentecost, 2020, we looked at the series, "Dream.Think.Be.Do." A trailer for the series can be found here. Christianity is a journey!

SESSION 1 HANDOUT (PDF) 16-minute video - June 7

SESSION 2 HANDOUT (PDF) 18-minutes video - June 14

SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF) 16-minute video - June 21

SESSION 4+5 HANDOUT (PDF) 24-minute video & 23-minute video - June 28 (bonus words of wisdom here)


In Fall, 2020, we have been reading the book "Dear Church" by Rev. Lenny Duncan.
Another resource to engage for White Christians seeking to move from privilege to partnership is Troubling the Waters.

KAIROS also has helpful resources here.


In Winter/Spring 2021, we're looking at Science and Religion (preview of program here)

SESSION 1 HANDOUT (PDF) - February 21

SESSION 2 HANDOUT (PDF) - February 28

SESSION 3 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 7

SESSION 4 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 14

SESSION 5 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 21
SESSION 6 HANDOUT (PDF) - March 28
SESSION 7 HANDOUT (PDF) - April 11

Beginning in April, 2021, we are reading "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams.

Session 1 Handout (PDF) - April 25

Session 2 Handout (PDF) - May 2

Session 3 Handout (PDF) - May 9

Session 4 Handout (PDF) - May 16

Session 5 Handout (PDF) - May 23

Session 6 Handout (PDF) - May 30

Session 7 Handout (PDF) - June 6

Session 8 Handout (PDF) - June 13

Session 9 Handout (PDF) - June 20

Session 10 Handout (PDF) - June 27

Beginning September 12, 2021, we will be looking at a variety of resources to learn about our church and society's relationship with Indigenous neighbours. (Materials are read/viewed ahead of time, and we discuss on Sunday morning Zoom.)

Throughout the study, it may be helpful to refer to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (PDF) (and a child-friendly version here)

September 12 - What is the Doctrine of Discovery? (UCC resources)

September 19 - ELCIC's 2015 motion (other social statements here)

September 26 - Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts (66 minute Anglican documentary film)

October 3 - My Auntie Survived Residential School (44 minute CBC documentary film)

For a few weeks in October, 2021, we will look at Reformation history - if for no other reason than Pastor Tyler is fascinated by it and can talk at length about details around Martin Luther's life!
Have a look at the videos that are linked ahead of the Sunday morning zoom discussion.
October 17 - Luther's life in pictures (about 15 mins)

October 24 - Augsburg Confession (about 5 mins) & Luther and Canada (about 5 mins)

October 31 - Thesesdoor in Wittenberg (3 mins) & playlist of Reformation videos from MNO

Starting in November, 2021, we'll be reading the Robin Wall Kimmerer book, "Braiding Sweetgrass." You can purchase a copy here, or look into borrowing it from your local library, or listen to the audio book.

November 7 - Skywoman Falling & Council of Pecans (pp.ix-21; audio tracks 1-4)

Wednesday, November 17 - Gift of Strawberries, Offering, Asters and Goldenrod (pp.22-47; audio tracks 5-7)

Wednesday, November 24 - Learning the Grammar of Animacy, Maple Sugar Moon (pp.48-71; audio tracks 8-10)

Wednesday, December 1 - Witch Hazel (pp.72-81; audio track 11)

Wednesday, December 8 - A Mother's Work (pp.82-97; audio track 12)

Wednesday, December 15 - The Consolation of Water Lilies (pp.98-104; audio track 13)

Wednesday, December 22 - Allegiance to Gratitude (pp.105-117; audio track 14)

Sunday, January 9 - Epiphany in the Beans (pp.121-127; audio tracks 15-16)

Sunday, January 16 - The Three Sisters (pp.128-140; audio track 17)

Sunday, January 23 - Wisgaak Gokpenagen: A Black Ash Basket (pp.141-155; audio track 18)

Sunday, January 30 - Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass (pp.156-166; audio track 19)


A couple of articles with summaries of Braiding Sweetgrass, and videos, are available here and here

And, we may draw on this resource for discussion questions as we read together!



CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

Video Sunday School lessons available in a playlist here.

Some resources for downloading and using at home available here.
A Palm Sunday resource available here.
A video about Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, here.
A video about Good Friday and Easter, here.

See our Sunday Services page for weekly "youth bulletin" and "Sunday School" resources!



While not Christian education, per se, this link will take you to some learning opportunities from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which certainly have overlapping values with our faith!