Adult Learning

The Case Library Conversation Series Spiritual Life Adult Bible Study Passages Horizon Bible Study



They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Acts 2:42-47

 

At Westminster Presbyterian Church, we seek opportunities to nurture our love for and understanding of God, and to evolve as thoughtful, compassionate and integrated people. To continue this mission, members and friends of WPC participate in weekly Bible Study and Spiritual Life classes, as well as attend other special events such as concerts, art exhibits, retreats, lectures and panels. All are welcome and encouraged to join and participate in each event. Click on a link below to learn more about learning opportunities and programs.

 

Adult Bible Study
Sundays, 9:15AM in Parish Hall Balcony  

Beginning on Sunday, September 18, 2016 our adult Bible class resumes from our summer hiatus.  Our Sunday morning class welcomes adults who are interested in exploring the Christian story, by studying the scripture and applying those lessons learned to our present lives.  Hearing, reading, and wrestling with scripture helps us nurture the sensitivities, attitudes and abilities we need to live and work together as a community of faith.  Whether you were raised in the church, or if you're a more recent member, we welcome your voice in these discussions. Come as your schedule permits on the first room on the balcony. This class uses Feasting on the Word curriculum which explores the Bible passages used in our worship services. 

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The Case Library Conversations

Sundays, 9:ooAM to 10:15AM in the Case Library

The Case Library Conversations presents opportunities each Sunday at 9AM in the library to hear from community leaders, experts and members on local, national and global issues.  These offerings are always lively and intelligent.  Participants are invited to dialogue, discuss and respectfully disagree.  Mostly important through these conversations we can examine how our life-long adventure in faith informs our response to these local, national and international issues.

This September Case Library Conversations will join with Spiritual Life for Reflections on Summer Reading series lead by Rev. Yorty. Case Library's Community will run from Sunday, October 9th through October 30th.  

December 4, 11 & 18, 2016      

Third Reconstruction by The Rev. Dr. William Barber. It presents a justice-based, moral alternative to the confrontational tone of today's election campaign.  Dr. Barber feels that today, we have the opportunity to save our democracy with a Third Reconstruction, creating a new voting system that passes justice-based laws that serve the people. No longer do we have to be mired in a battle between left vs. right, liberal versus conservative, gay vs. straight, "hot button" issues, character assassination: all of which can be distorted to personal advantage by clever candidates who know how to manipulate television and social media.  Jerry Kelly has books available for $15. You can reach him  at Gerald@geraldkelly.com Watch Dr. Barber on Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzkGUjOEL2I   Please encourage your friends to read this book and join our conversations through Advent.

Join us on the Sundays in January 2017 for our Travelogue Series.

 

February 5, 12, and 19, 2017

The 16th Annual Understanding Islam Series

Organizers: Jerry Kelly & John McClive

This year will mark the 16th year Westminster has co-sponsored, with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, this critically important conversation.  This annual conversation, learning and reflection is designed to gain a deeper appreciation with our Muslim brothers and sisters of each other's faith traditions.  

 

March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017

How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian

How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian by John Dominic Crossan. An exploration from Genesis to Revelation The acclaimed Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus and 12 other books grapples with scripture's conflicting visions of God and Jesus. At times the Bible depicts a loving God, and at other times a vengeful God. Crossan explains how Christians can discern and decipher which passages to trust and follow. Please join us for what promises to be a very stimulating program! 
March 5: Part I & Epilogue - The Challenge & An Overview Discussion Leader - John McClive 
March 12: Part II & Part IIIa: Chapters 3-6 - Civilization & Covenant Discussion Leader - John Montague 
March 19: Part IIIb & Part IVa: Chapters 7-10 - Covenant & Community Discussion Leader - David Weeks 
March 26: Part IVb: Chapters 11-14 - Community Conclusion Discussion Leader - Jerry Kelly

April 2, 2017

Joint Case Library and Spiritual Life Program on Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb

Presenter:  Dr. Gerald Gray, Director of Choral Activities at SUNY Fredonia

Dr. Gray will discuss the poetry of Christopher Smart, which serves as the libretto for Benjamin Britten's groundbreaking work, Rejoice in the Lamb, which our choir will be present on Sunday, April 9th  during Choral Evensong. Dr. Gray had done extensive study and research on the origin of the text, and implications for Britten's intended theological statement within the piece.

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Spiritual Life Program
Sundays, 9:00AM in the Heritage Room

Join Spiritual Life again in September for programs which are designed to nurture and enhance the spiritual life of members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian  Church. Grounded in scripture and from the perspective of our Presbyterian faith, we strive to develop opportunities for reflection, experiential learning and conversational sharing that magnifies our witness to the Divine. All are welcome, everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

December  11 & 18, 2016

Connecting Personally with Advent

Presenter: Don McLean

Birth creates change for the future of your family.   The birth of Jesus created a change for humanity.  Advent gives us the time to reflect on the spirituality of Jesus and how this change is reflected in our lives and our families.

 

  January 8, 2017

 Poetry Reading and Reflections on "Secrets and Revelations"

 Presenter: Ansie Baird

Ansie's poems are elegant, symbolic and thought provoking. She usually stirs our group up with morsels that lead to deep questions as well as lively conversations.

 

January 15, 2017
 
Spiritual Life Reflections and Integrations

What questions have come up since we started in September? Have you gone any deeper upon reflecting on topics presented? Have you become more active outside of church in some way based on conversations in church?

 

January 22, 2017

Mindfulness

Presenter:  Chris LaMendola

More information about this program in January newsletter and Sunday bulletins.

 

February 5, 12, and 19, 2017

The 16th Annual Understanding Islam Series

Organizers: Al Ryan & Jerry Kelly

This year will mark the 16th year Westminster has co-sponsored, with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, this critically important conversation.  This annual conversation, learning and reflection is designed to gain a deeper appreciation with our Muslim brothers and sisters of each other's faith traditions.  This is a join presentation with Case Library Conversations and will take place in Case Library.


Joint Case Library and Spiritual Life Program on Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb

Presenter:  Dr. Gerald Gray, Director of Choral Activities at SUNY Fredonia

Dr. Gray will discuss the poetry of Christopher Smart, which serves as the libretto for Benjamin Britten's groundbreaking work, Rejoice in the Lamb, which our choir will be present on Sunday, April 9th  during Choral Evensong. Dr. Gray had done extensive study and research on the origin of the text, and implications for Britten's intended theological statement within the piece.

April 23

Spiritual Connections Through  Art - Part 2

Presenters: Dot Keller and Fred Cooley

Seeing Dot's shell series and Fred's water colors is a glorious aesthetic experience yet when you hear them talk about their creative process you probably will find their deep connections are clearly spiritual. They will show some of their pieces then work with us on our own artistic ways of connecting to our special subjects and places.

 


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WOW - Women of Westminster: Horizon Bible Study

3rd Thursday of each month, 12:15PM in the Case Library

Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes

Women of Westminster (WOW) cordially invite all women to a monthly lunch-time Bible study.  We begin on Thursday, September 15th and continue to meet on the third Thursday of the month at 12:15PM. Join us each month as we explore the 2016-2017 PW/Horizons Bible study, Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes.  This study invites us to participate on "a journey to expand our understanding of who Jesus was and is — a journey of our hearts and minds, a journey that we will take together." The study's nine lessons explore the question "Who is Jesus?"  through various theological lens.  Come as your schedule permits. Cost of the study guide is $8. Study guides are available for purchase at the first class.  For more information about this study or to purchase it directly go to www.pcusa.org/horizons.  If you have questions please contact Debbie Katz, Director of Christian Education at 884-4937, ext 329 or dkatz@wpcbuffalo.org

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Passages - Ready or Not - A Program for Older Adults

1st Tuesday of the month

12:30 Lunch in the Oak Room   1:15 PM Program in Case Library

Throughout our lives we experience periods of stability and times of transition.   So it comes as no surprise the last stage of our life is also marked by various passages.   Many older adults face a change of lifestyle and a redefinition in the light of changed circumstances. On the first Tuesday of each month there's a gathering for adults who have reached this time of their life.   These programs focus on the topics that deal with the physical, spiritual and mental interests of older adults. The monthly programs will be announced in the Sunday bulletins, future newsletters and our monthly  postcard reminders.   For more information about this group or if you would like to be included in our postcard reminder list, please contact Debbie Katz at 884-9437, ext. 329 dkatz@westminster-bflo.org

 

Centering Prayer Group

Thursday mornings at 8:30AM in the Meditation Room

Our Centering Prayer Group resumes on Thursday, September 15th at 8:30AM for 30 minutes of silence in the Meditation Room. After each Centering Prayer session, we enjoy coffee and bagels together as we compare notes as we develop the discipline of centering prayer.   Come if you're interested in this form of prayer.  Come if you're not sure what centering prayer is, but would like to know more.  Come as your schedule permits, everyone is welcome.  For more information contact Debbie Katz at dkatz@wpcbuffalo.org or (716) 884-9437, ext. 329.

 

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