Adult education opportunities

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Note: While it is not required, registering for classes is helpful to the instructors. To register, email Brittany Young at

Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne

  • 9:15 a.m. Sundays, February 27 through April 10
  • McDonald Youth House, first floor
  • Led by Rev. Kimberly Harper Coyle, ordained PC(USA) minister and chaplain at Providence Hospital
  • This rigorous study will follow the work of Dr. Wil Gafney in her book Womanist Midrash. Kim, who is part of our SPC community, attended a class with Dr. Gafney and has been inspired to share the intriguing and enlightening theological perspective she encountered. Purchase of the book is required. If the cost is prohibitive, contact Rev. Jenny McDevitt to access financial assistance.

Presbyterian Leadership 101

  • 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 10 through April 7
  • Davis Hall
  • Led by Rev. Jenny McDevitt
  • Join in on any of the sessions listed below. This class will serve as Officer Training for incoming Elders and Deacons but is open to anyone.
  • March 10 — A Theology of Leadership
  • March 17 — A Crash Course in Church History
  • March 24 — Life in the PC(USA): Theology and Polity
  • March 31 — Reading Scripture the Presbyterian Way
  • April 7 — Practical Leadership
    • Elders: Understanding Our Budget and Chairing a Ministry
    • Deacons: Caring Ministries (with Rev. John Cook)

Last Acts of Love

  • 6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 20 through May 11 (TENTATIVE)
  • End-of-life conversations and preparations can be difficult, but they are extremely important. They are also an act of love for family and friends, who are comforted by knowing exactly what is desired when the time comes. Join for any or all of the following sessions:
  • April 20 — A Theology of Death and Resurrection (led by Rev. Jenny McDevitt)
  • April 27 — Hospice Care: What It Is and What It Isn’t (led by Kat Dragner)
  • May 4 — Legal Matters: Advance Directives, Estate Planning, and More (leadership TBA)
  • May 11 — Planning a Memorial Service in Advance (Rev. Jenny McDevitt)

TheoEd Sundays

  • 9:15 a.m. Sundays, May 1 through June 5
  • Location TBA
  • Led by Rev. Jenny McDevitt, Rev. John Cook and others
  • This class will draw upon past TheoEd speakers, watching a 20-minute video and then discussing afterward. TheoEd is a faith-based speaker series that brings together leading thinkers in the church and the academy to give the talk of their lives in 20 minutes or less in TED-style presentations that spark conversations about God, religion, and the power of faith to change lives and communities.
  • May 1 — What It Means to be Human (Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry)
  • May 8 — There’s Something Holy Out There — Faith & Science (Dr. Paul Wallace)
  • May 15 — Biblical Language for a God Who Transcends Gender (Dr. Wil Gafney)
  • May 22 — Reckless Love: Living for Things that Die (Rev. Dr. Ted Smith)
  • May 29 — The Double-Sided Pursuit of Racial Justice (Austin Channing Brown)
  • June 5 — The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Speech (Jonathan Merritt)

Fall classes will include:

  • An eight-week study of Revelation led by Rev. Dr. Robert Walker
  • A three-week class, “Sharing Our Stories,” led by Rev. Jenny McDevitt


If you have other ideas for classes you’d like to attend or classes you’d like to teach, email Jenny at