July 21, 2018

Book/Bible Studies

There is something for everyone here. Our Sunday morning Adult Ed focuses on topical issues with films and speakers from Parkway and the community. Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) discusses books while enjoying a potluck meal. And the Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study (TABS) looks at scripture.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Just Mercy

New TED Book May 9

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions.

We are currently discussing the compelling true story by Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School.  He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.  He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS!  We hope you will join us!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: It’s Never Too Late

New TED Book March 29

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Desperate to avoid his 100th birthday party, Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his room at the nursing home and heads to the nearest bus station, intending to travel as far as his pocket money will take him. But a spur-of-the-moment decision to steal a suitcase from a fellow passenger sends Allan on a strange and unforeseen journey involving, among other things, some nasty criminals, a very large pile of cash, and an elephant named Sonya. It’s just another chapter in a life full of adventures for Allan, who has become entangled in the major events of the twentieth century, including the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project. As Allan’s colorful and complex history merges with his present-day escapades, readers will be treated to a new and charmingly funny version of world history and get to know a very youthful old man whose global influence knows no age limit. An international best-seller, this is an engaging tale of one man’s life lived to the fullest.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions with the quirky and charming book: The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. We hope you will join us! Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy—Jan 9

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy—Starting Jan 9

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions with the hotly discussed 2016 book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This book has gained much attention during the contentious 2016 election cycle, often cited as shining a light on the populist vote that emerged in our recent general election. Join the TED discussion group as we tackle this title and many others in 2017! Books are available for purchase in the church office or purchase it yourself, print or electronic!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book October 25

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

TED is offering a respite from election addiction / burnout with a shared reading of a “gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation…” ~The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce’s 2012 bestseller recounts the unexpected journey of a recently-retired Englishman who walks the entire length of England to visit an old friend living in hospice. He’s on a quest—and we get to share in his life-changing encounters along the way.

Come join TED in the Heritage Room for an easy read, excellent food, and conversation which won’t make you want to turn off the TV—or throw something at it! Books will be available for purchase in the church office or in various formats at booksellers and local libraries. For more info, contact Dottie Dwyer: dkdwyer@charter.net

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Study 9/13

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue Group (TED) has chosen a new book entitled Human Being and Becoming: Living the Adventure of Life and Love by David Benner. We plan to discuss the first 4 chapters of our new selection on September 13. Books are available  in the office for $14.50. We always welcome new participants.

July 2016 Adult Education

September 5, 2017 Update: No Adult Ed Offerings at this time.


Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 28

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 28

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

We’re switching it up! Instead of a book, we will work through a list of questions that the Confirmands have learned in their classes.  Three of us did this at AE and didn’t finish all of them. It reminds us of questions like: How many books are in the Bible to theological questions.  We will try this for one night and see how we like it and how far we get. Come and see how much you remember of your own confirmation and how your own theology has changed over the years.

This is a new format: there is no assigned reading and no book to buy. Just come.

June 2016 Adult Education

June 5—Annual Meeting after 10am One Family Worship… no AE sessions


June 12—Stretch your Legs and Your Spirit at the Labyrinth

You’ve heard us talk about the mystery of the Labyrinth for years. You’ve thought about trying it with us but it has never fit in your calendar. Join us today as we head in two different directions—south on Ballas, left on Clayton and right on Geyer to the Mercy Center OR north on Ballas just beyond Ladue to Congregation Shaare Emeth where you can walk an outdoor labyrinth. A primer handout will be available that morning in the Gathering Space. While this is a personal and quiet experience, we will arrange for carpooling…we just ask you not to speak while at the Labyrinth—prepping on the way and debriefing on the way back is highly encouraged! [This is a wonderful experience rain or shine!]


June 19—Tell Me About Telemed and other Med Tech

PUCCer Mike Stolze quit his job several years ago to answer the call to be a nurse. Balancing partnering, parenting and preparing for nursing was no small task! Mike has served in different settings and has moved into a fascinating new area with telemedicine – the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. It’s a bit like a sci-fi film from the last century!


June 26 – Yoga Six

Perhaps you’ve seen the new yoga studio at Ballas and Manchester Roads? As we move into our Healthy Bodies pieces of our Renewal Time, come learn about the latest in yoga—this will be an experience for your mind, body and spirit … bring someone with you so it will also deepen your relationships!


April 2016 Adult Education

April 3—Somos Vecinos (We are Neighbors)

Join us for Adult Education this Sunday at 9:30am or 11:00am to meet Karlos Ramirez, Executive Director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. We’ll learn about the HCC’s history, mission, successes, struggles. Karlos will share some stories of businesses and people. How can we be more aware and more intentional about understanding and supporting multiracial multicultural individuals, families, businesses and communities in our richly diverse corner of the world? Karlos will also share some common misconceptions about the Hispanic chamber and the culture.


April 10Mystery Worshipper II

We need your help this morning! Today’s Adult Education session is not one that people attend in the Heritage Room. Instead, this is an opportunity to help our church become a more faithful and hospitable place. We need you—you’re your evaluation/critique of our worship services. Please contact Kevin ahead of time so he can give you a worksheet to fill out as you plan to be a “secret” or “mystery” worshipper…or pick up a copy on the round table in the Gathering Space anytime in April. The worksheet invites you to record your impressions of everything from viewing our website to arriving at the church, finding your way through the building, navigating worship, attending Fellowship Time, etc. This is all part of a course Kevin is taking on “Church Renewal.” Feel free to fill out the worksheet anonymously or sign it and drop it in the office at the end of the morning—or arrange to meet with Kevin to go over your findings.

[Youth Arts Worship will take place during our Informal Worship Service at 11:00am and we would like you to attend in order to support our youth and to experience a different kind of worship.]

Mystery+Worshipper+Checklist (Also available on the round table in the Gathering Space.)


April 17This I Believe

Join us for Adult Education this Sunday at 9:30am or 11:00am as we ponder what others believe. You may recall the 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division. In reviving This I Believe in since 2000, Executive Producer Dan Gediman said, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

We will listen to several brief essays and discuss them.


April 24—(9:30am only*) Out of Scarcity Into A World of Possibility

Let’s think about Roman Catholicism and the UCC in this age and the next—not a comparison, but are there parallels? PUCC members are reading John Dorhauer’s Beyond Resistance described as “a template …to inspire commitment to the common good…” during a time of  “…perceived diminishment in capacity, relevance, and impact” of the Church. Worldwide, assisted by Pope Francis’ concern for all the people of God, there is renewed interest in the teachings of Vatican II, the Ecumenical Council that occurred more than 50 years ago. (vatican2voice.org). Come to participate in a conversation with two Catholic Sisters—Marianne Race, CSJ, and Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ—about how their congregations have evolved since their renewal of the basis of their faith and focus on their mission, inspired by Vatican II. Hear what steps have been effective in their continuing journey to enact “the church’s willingness to operate in the contemporary realm.” (St. Louis NPR News), and discuss the potential relevance to our congregation’s mission. [Marianne is the sister or PUCCer Rich Race.]


*The theme of the Informal Worship Service at 11:00am today is Breaking the Silence: Say the words. Work for change. Support the Survivors. This worship service will be a chance for the church to acknowledge together the realities of rape and sexual violence; to create a community where survivors can share their stories and receive support, hope, and love; and to prayerfully consider ways in which we can be advocates for change in our communities and around the world. This worship experience with have some PG-13 moments.

We are focusing on this at 11:00am worship only – though we will talk about it briefly at 9:30am service. We want people to know about this beforehand so they are prepared.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Book Study: BEYOND RESISTANCE

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New Book: Beyond Resistance  begins March 22
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | childcare provided

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of potluck fellowship and book discussion with a SPECIAL OFFERING this Spring, 2016!

We are reading the latest book from our UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer—BEYOND RESISTANCE as our next selection, and we warmly welcome anyone to join us in the journey!

BEYOND RESISTANCE is Dorhauer’s postmodern look at the future of the mainline church, the emergence of a “second Reformation”, and the opportunities which loom for churches like Parkway UCC to respond and thrive…or die. Written with both a measure of concern and hope, Dorhauer describes a world of possibility for the Church, with many CHALLENGING options to unite us and prepare us for the future.

Please join TED for this special book reading. Books are available in the church office ($16) or via your favorite book supplier.

This is going to be very special! ALL ARE WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd (314-872-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com) if you have questions.