Adult Education Ministry Oakmont Presbyterian Church

Adult Spiritual Formation

New Members Class with Steve Wilson meets once a quarter.

 

Please call the church office 412-828-5770.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION SERIES

Starting Nov. 7, we moved to in-person in the Multi-Purpose Room at 9:30am.

See weekly details below.

Pre-COVID Coffee and Conversation programs were recorded and are available on the Podcasts page. 

November 7 (9:30 am - In-person)
A New Look at Saints led by Steve Wilson

November 14 and 21 (9:30 am - In-person)

The Great Emergence - How Christianity is Changing and Why led by Sam Anderson

   These sessions will focus on the writing of Phyllis Tickle and Emergent Christianity. Her teachings reflect both her deep intellect and quick wit. Phyllis believes that the Church is in the middle of one of its every 500 year “Rummage Sales”, were the Church cleans out its attic to make room for a new and stronger future.

   You may not buy everything that Phyllis Tickle is selling. But she will give you the opportunity to think deeply, look into the future, and perhaps enjoy a laugh or two.

   PHYLLIS TICKLE (1934 – 2015) Phyllis was the founding editor of the Religion Department of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. As an authority on religion in America, she was frequently quoted in print sources, electronic media, and a much sought-after lecturer. She served on a number of advisory and corporate boards with in the Episcopal Church and was a lay eucharistic minister and lector.

November 28—1st Sunday of Advent (9:30 am - In-person)
Adam Hamilton’s Incarnation
with Kathy Williams 

Church for our New Missional Era

Adult Education by Zoom 9:15 a.m.

October 10, 17, 24, and 31 – Dr. Scott Hagley

Dr. Scott Hagley, Associate Professor of Missiology at the Pittsburgh Presbytery will be OPC’s CCSS speaker starting October 10. His topic will be the Church for our New Missional Era.

 

Sociologists have tracked the decline of Christianity in the U.S. for decades. Beginning in the 1960s, Mainline denominations began to grow older and smaller, losing their younger members to a growing population of religiously unaffiliated persons. By the end of the Twentieth Century, white evangelical communities followed suit. It is now widely accepted that Christian communities in the U.S. are undergoing new pressures and immense changes. But how should we understand these changes? And, what new possibilities for Christian faith and practice do such challenges suggest? Over the course of four weeks, we will explore reasons for the decline of Christian practice in the U.S. with a view to the question: ‘What might God be up to in this new era for the church? And, how might we join in?’

 

Oct. 10: Shallow Soil and Cracked Fountains
Oct. 17: Out of breath and on the road
Oct. 24: Embracing our New Missional Era
Oct. 31: Welcoming the Stranger

If you would like to receive a zoom invitation, please email Steve at swilson@oakmontpresby.org.

Like it or not, we have all been "trained" in certain ways of reading Scripture. In fact, the very appearance of our Bibles functions to train us in certain habits of reading. This three-week course will reflect on the history not just of biblical interpretation, but how the form of Scripture itself has fueled certain assumptions about what kind of text the Bible is, and hence the kinds of questions that readers may ask of it. Greater awareness of this fascinating history has the benefit of greatly expanding our interpretive horizons in the present.

If you would like to receive a zoom invitation, please email Steve at swilson@oakmontpresby.org.

Insights into Understanding Scripture

Adult Education by Zoom 9:15 a.m.

September 19, 26 & October 3 – Dr. Tucker Ferda

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Dr. Tucker Ferda is the Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.