Adult Education at BMPC

Education & Bible Study

We invite you to open your mind and connect with what is deepest in your heart by joining us for study, conversation, reflection, and prayer.

Our classes are designed to be intellectually engaging and spiritually enriching to help you explore what you believe and grow in faith. In some classes you may consider the implications of religious faith for daily living or learn about the Bible and the basic themes of Reformed theology. In others you will experience Christian prayer practices or engage in discussion about a variety of compelling contemporary issues. Bring your curiosity and questions! You will not be told what to think but instead given the opportunity to process ideas with others.

Sunday Classes 

SUNDAY CLASSES 8:45 a.m.          

Sunday Morning Discussion Group. Jan. 5, 12 and 19, 8:45 a.m., Congregational Hall. A three-week study of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). The most important part of Jesus’ teachings in a compact form. Led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray.

Filling the Well - Converse House Parlor. Discussion of the book Listening is an Act of Love, stories collected by the Story Corps Project. Led by the Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick. This class is sponsored by BMPC Presbyterian Women and is open to women of all ages. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Digging Deeper. Feb. 23, March 1 - 29, MLADC Living Room. Eugene H. Peterson’s book, Eat this Book: A Conversation on the Art of Spiritual Reading, will guide our conversations this winter as we consider that our approach to reading the Bible is just as what we encounter within it. The Rev. Franklyn Pottorff leads this class, and books are available directly from him. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SUNDAY CLASSES 11:15 a.m.

Every Family is a Story. Sun., Jan. 5, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. The Rev. Debra Sutton, Middleton Center counselor and trauma specialist, leads us through a Family Systems approach to the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones’ memoir, Call It Grace. Dr. Jones is the speaker for our Theologian-in-Residence Series in late January, and her presentation is also part of our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Middleton Counseling Center.

Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Charles H. Howard. Sun., Jan. 12, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Dr. Howard, Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, which explored new ways of considering homelessness and poverty; The Awe and The Awful, a poetry collection and Lenten Devotional; Black Theology as Mass Movement, a call to theologians to expand the reach of their theological work; and Pond River Ocean Rain, a small book about going deeper with a big God.

INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC ART. Sun., Feb. 2, 11:15 am, Chapel. Patricia Danzon, Middleton Center Spiritual Director, leads us through an introduction to Islamic art which is radically different than Christian art. Whereas the Church often uses art as a visual reminder of Bible stories, Islamic art for religious contexts bans the representation

COUNTERING SLANDER: FETHULLAH GULEN’S LIFE BEYOND PROPAGANDA. Sun., Feb. 9, 11:15 a.m., Chapel, Dr. Jon Pahl, speaker. The Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in a retreat center in the Poconos since 1999, is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the contemporary world. He has inspired a global movement known as “Hizmet” (service), which is dedicated to education, social enterprise and interreligious dialogue. Dr. Pahl, a faculty member at United Lutheran Seminary, has recently published the first critical biography of this controversial figure: Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet — Why a Muslim Scholar in Pennsylvania Matters to the World.

THE BASICS OF ISLAM. Sun., Feb. 16, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Asheq Fazlullah, Islamic Chaplain at Villanova University and leader of interfaith initiatives in Greater Philadelphia, will introduce us to the very basics of Islam as we seek to better understand our neighbors and connections among the world’s religions.

 

Weekday/Saturday Classes

Women’s Coffee Cup Bible Study. Wednesdays from September - May, 10:00 a.m., Gloucester Room. The Rev. Rachel Pedersen leads our study. A weekly study for women of all ages. The Rev. Rachel Pedersen and guest teachers lead discussions of Different Faith Practices and their origins in scripture. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men’s Study Group. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, September - May, 10:00 a.m., Converse House. Led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray. Men of all ages invited. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Horizons Bible Study. First Wednesday, September - May, 10:30 a.m., Rosemont Presbyterian Village. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday Morning Men’s Group. Saturdays, September - June, 7:00 a.m., Converse House Parlor, which is accessed via the ramp in the Ministries Center and is next to the Church library. All ages are invited to join for fellowship and lively discussions “beyond the water cooler” on topics of interest to men, such as relationships with parents, spouses, and children. All discussions are confidential. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bible from Scratch - Fourth Thursday of the month - 7:00 p.m. Converse House Parlor
This class led by Rebecca Kirkpatrick, will explore both the basic content and interpretative practices of reading and following scripture. If you have never really studied the Bible, this will be a open and gentle place to start. If you are ready to think about scripture in new and creative ways, this is also the class for you. In addition to reading directly from the Bible, this class will also use: A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World, by Jonathan Walton and The Bible: a Biography by Karen Armstrong. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Theologian in Residence Series - In honor of the leadership of David and Ruth Watermulder, our Adult Education Committee invites a scholar of excellence to share his/her work and passion with our greater community. A highly respected scholar and public intellectual the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She is the author of several books that can be found in our Book Center.

Workshop: Sat., Jan. 25 –

  • 9:30 a.m. Light Refreshments
  • 10:00 a.m. Lecture and Conversation “Theology is a Place”
  • 11:00 a.m. Middleton Center Anniversary Luncheon

Worship: Sun., Jan. 26 –

  • 10:00 Dr. Jones preaching
  •  11:15 a.m. Lecture and Conversation “Theology is a Story”

BOOK STUDY: LEARNING TO WALK IN THE DARK. Thursdays, Feb. 6 – March 12, 10:00 a.m., Converse House Parlor. Within the Christian tradition, a time of darkness often is associated with God’s absence. Yet, in Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us in the dark. In this book, we are invited into a spirituality of the nighttime, where God teaches us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and gives us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments. This class is led by the Rev. Brian Ballard, and books are available directly from BrianThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Forum

The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series began in 1997 in conjunction with our congregation’s 125th anniversary. The forums were endowed by the Anna and Herbert H. Middleton, Sr. Fund of our church Foundation and have been offered as a service to the community at large. The forums are free and open to the public. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by a time for questions.

Check back for information about upcoming Community Forum events. 


The Book Center
Books for children and adults are available for sale at Book Center table in the gym following worship. Books also may be purchased weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Book Center cabinets in the Ministries Center Court. Key is available at the Reception Desk.

The Library
The Library is on the second floor of the Ministries Center. When you enter the Ministries Center, there is a ramp on the left that leads to the library. (The ramp is before you reach the steps to the Court.) Follow the ramp, and look for signs directing you to the library. Special collections including Presbyterian and Reformed history and theology, comparative religion, spiritual growth, social issues, Christian classics and BMPC history and local history. The Library is open whenever the Ministries Center is open. A sampling of books are located on the racks in the Ministries Center Court next to the Book Center.

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