Opportunities for Adult Christian Formation
Adult Forum -Adult Forum meets every Sunday at 10:15 in the Cleaves Room. Various topics of interest are presented including current events, mission projects, The Bible, and theology. Coffee and sometimes cake is served. Everyone is welcome. Current topics are posted in the weekly service leaflet and on line. Facilitator: Bill North
Adult Forum Fall Schedule: October 29 and November 2: Interfaith Relationships with students and faculty from Swarthmore College. This series is organized around the appearance of Eboo Patel on November 1 and 2 for public presentations at the College. Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core and was prominent in the Obama administration’s interfaith initiatives.
November 12 and 19: Bill North will present Walter Bruggemann’s book Chosen: Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, (WJK Press, 2015). The author is a leading Old Testament scholar.
Advent Adult Forum (Dec. 3, 10, 17 ) A three part series on The Meaning of Advent structured around the familiar hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel will explore the texts and images of the season. Jesus is called Emmanuel, Wisdom, Lord, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Dayspring, and King of Nations. What do these titles mean? How can we understand them in our own age? Make this series a part of your preparation for Christmas this year.
Centering Prayer - We are a part of the Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Pennsylvania, which is part of the national network of individual groups for support and education. The practice of Centering Prayer casts new light and meaning on all forms of prayer; members meet to read, study, share and "sit" in silence together. All are welcome to participate. Centering Prayer meets on Monday evening at 7:30 in the Cleaves Room.
Lenten Movie Series - After a simple supper, movies suggested by congregation members are viewed and, afterwards followed by discussion. It is a meaningful time to share food and ideas.
Partners in Ministry
Partners in Ministry (PM) supports the work of the campus chaplain at Swarthmore College. This position has grown beyond a Protestant advisor position to become an ecumenical and interfaith ministry that serves the entire campus. The ministry supports regular Christian Student programming including faith-based student service, retreats, support for hospice volunteers, connection to local congregations, and regular special programs on a variety of topics that connect scholarship with questions of faith and practice. There is an active interfaith ministry that includes interfaith text study, story circles, interfaith retreats, speakers and dialogue across difference. The campus chaplain serves in a collaborative role with diverse academic and staff departments at the College, as well as the larger Swarthmore-Wallingford-Chester community.