Adult Learning Classes

Becoming a Bridge Builder (finished March 12)
What the Prophets Say About Justice (finished March 15)
The Death of Jesus According to the Gospels
Contemplative Retreat: Spiritual Practices for Loving God and Our Neighbor
The Bible in 90 Days
Safe Church Training


The Death of Jesus According to the Gospels

Sundays, March 26–April 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
Taught by the Rev. Steve Whitney

The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday means so much more when we have journeyed with him through the Passion. Join the Steve Whitney for this three-week class where we will look at what the Gospels tell us about the way Jesus died. Where the accounts differ, we’ll discuss possible reasons for the differences.

We’ll take time to explore how Jesus’ disciples and other first-century readers might have understood the events the Gospel writers describe. Some of the details of Jesus’ Passion only make sense when we see them through the eyes of the original audiences.

The exact shape the class will take depends on the questions and areas of interest of the participants. Together, we’ll read a familiar story in a new way that will deepen our understanding and appreciation of the gift Jesus gave to humanity on the cross.


Contemplative Retreat: Spiritual Practices for Loving God and Our Neighbor

Saturday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Coleman Room (Phoenix Center/Bldg 700)
Led by Jim Peterson and Judy Beggs

A follow-on to last December's Advent Retreat where we learned the spiritual practices of "Examen" and "Praying with the Psalms," this retreat will teach two new spiritual practices.

The first is “Keeping the Sabbath”, a practice of journeying inward where we will reflect on what the Sabbath means  -- times set aside, “as if all our work were completed”, to stop and reflect, to find rest, relationship with God and others, creativity, and play.  We will offer some Sabbath practices to engage with during the retreat.

The second is “Discernment”, a practice which prepares us for journeying outward to love and serve in the wider world.  You will be invited to engage with a discernment process with respect to some situation or choice point in your life where you wish God’s guidance.


Register <here> for the retreat.


The Bible in 90 Days

Sundays, April 23–July 9 (not meeting June 11), 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
Led by The Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright

Numbed by Numbers, confused by Chronicles, puzzled by Philippians, and the prophetic voice of Revelation? This course will challenge you to navigate the uncharted waters of books you never thought you could read. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime—reading the entire Bible in 90 days. Each day read approximately 12 pages of text and then join us for a video and small group time on Sundays after 10 a.m. worship. You can do this—and cross it off your bucket list forever. Participant’s guides will be available for purchase in Trinity Court starting April 9. The class begins on Sunday, April 23, and goes through July 9, with a celebration on the last day.


Register <here> for the Bible reading class.


Other Classes

Safe Church Training

The Safe Church Training classes are part of SVPC's program to ensure a safe environment where children, youth, and adults can grow in their relationship with God. This 90 minute class includes viewing of two half hour videos titled, “Safeguarding God’s Children.” Child care and snacks are provided. Pre-registration is helpful but not necessary