School of Christian Learning (SCL)

The Adult Ministry helps us build relationships with one another and explore our faith within the spiritual community. The School of Christian Learning (SCL) provides intellectual and spiritual inquiry as part of strengthening Christian faith among our congregants. Adult Ministry also oversees our Spiritual Life Retreat and the Small Groups that meet regularly to promote spiritual growth and fellowship.
Join us on Sunday mornings in the Garden Room for interesting and thought-provoking SCL classes!
Upcoming classes/events
2 Sundays – October 15 & 22
Dr. Mark Baker
“How to Be a Loving Person When You Are Hurt, and When You Are Mad”
Dr. Baker will be discussing the emotions of Hurt and Anger from his perspective as a theologian and clinical psychologist in this two-week series. Since the emotional part of the brain is many times faster than the rational part, dealing with these powerful emotions is a challenge for us all. Join us for a discussion of how to be both a spiritually and emotionally healthy person as Dr. Baker delves into managing your hurt and anger in a lecture series based upon his new book, Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You.
Spiritual Life Retreat at St. Andrew’s Abbey
Weekend of October 27-29
Retreat Leader Becky Smith
People of faith have gone into the desert and mountains on retreat to be open to the presence of God for thousands of years. With time for rest and reflection, walking and hiking, you are invited to enjoy a contemplative weekend in the beautiful high desert of Valyermo. Together in community, we will explore spiritual streams that nourish our lives. The movement of “retreating” is to come away to experience time and space for deeper communion with God, and then returning to love and to serve others
and the world. Join us! Contact the church office for more information.
After Mark Baker, Becky Cerling will lead for 4 weeks: October 29 and November 5, 12 & 19.
Description forthcoming.
Jeff Siker will do a three week course on the Nativity stories on December 3, 10, 17.
December 31 and January 7, Eric David will lead a two-week course on the Inklings writers group, with a closer look at the two most famous members, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.