Adult Education

Sunday Morning Adult Education

Sunday morning Adult Education at St. Andrews in July

(all classes start at 9:00 am)

The Adult Education Ministry Team develops spiritual growth for the congregation of St. Andrews. This includes: Sunday morning pre-worship classes, the Ronnie Lewis annual lecture, and special education programs. Classes provide a variety of educational opportunities, including Bible study, theology, mission and ministry, church history, comparative religions, contemporary and historical Christian thought, the history and ministry of the PCUSA, and current issues facing the church and society. Team participation is open to all members and friends of St. Andrews.

Upcoming Classes

Linda and Bill Koch will lead a two part, introductory adult Sunday school offering July 31 and August 7 based on the book, Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer, by J. David Muyskens. Copies of the book are available from the office.  Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer through which the person praying consents to the presence and action of God within. See Linda or Bill with questions.

For these two Sundays, David Hebert’s class will combine with the Centering Prayer class.

Jim McCabe, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Finance Emeritus, University of Louisville, will lead the Contemporary Issues Adult Education Class in the Meeting Room at 9 am on Sunday August 14 and August 21.

On August 14, the topic will be “Economics of Happiness,” a very popular topic that has arisen within the economics discipline in the last 20 years.  Why do we try to maximize growth in GDP when GDP is an incomplete measure and does not account for many of the non-pecuniary aspects of life?  What role does income and wealth play in achieving happiness?  What is happiness?  What is the purpose of life?  What brings you happiness?

On August 21, the topic will be “Income and Wealth Inequality.”  Since the late 1970’s and early 1980”s there has been a major increase income and wealth inequality in the US and other countries around the world.  What are the primary factors that have led to this increase in inequality? Has it been international trade, technology, taxes, or none of the above? Is the trend reversible, and, if so, what, if anything, needs to be done?