February 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.

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

TED-dorhauer-1Tuesday Evening Dialogue Potluck & Discussion
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.

March 2016 Adult Education

March 6A Five Point Plan for our United Church of Christ!

Join John Dorhauer via youtube as we look at his Five Point Plan for our denomination. We will be stretched to think about our unique ministry as a faith family in St Louis and on the American landscape and across the globe. We have a great opportunity to jumpstart our book study of John’s BEYOND RESISTANCE: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World. You will not be disappointed if you join us.


March 13Captain and Chief

Chief of Police Patrick Kranz and Captain Robert Arthur of the Town and Country Police Department will talk about policing in this community and St Louis. Pat and Bob met with a small group of PUCCers late last fall as we worked with Sacred Conversations on Race. They were engaging, forthcoming, authentic in our meeting. Come have a very positive experience with the Captain and Chief.


March 20—Spring Break NO AE


March 27—Easter NO AE

February 2016 Adult Education

February 7– One Family Worship

February 14 – Bob McClelland – Theological Tabletalk

A chance to raise questions about Faith and Life in an informal atmosphere as well as a chance to “cuss and discuss” responses. Bob believes many church members, as well as “honest skeptics,” have doubts and questions about faith that they either never had a chance to ask in church or were afraid to raise. The last time Bob was with us he developed a course based on his most recent book, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up; a Skeptical Believer’s Guide to the Reality of Christ. It received the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence, but he is the author of more than twenty other books relating faith to life including: God our Loving Enemy, Chance to Dance, The Scandal and the Star, Praying the Possibilities, Worldly Spirituality, Fire in the Hole, Architects of Worship and Lord of the Sabbath.

Bob McClelland is an ordained Presbyterian minister, studied theology at McCormick Theological Seminary, the University of Edinburgh, and earned a doctoral degree in the Science of Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was invited to be a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University. His careers have been in college and seminary teaching as well as pastoral ministry. He brings to his writing and teaching the experience of a former television talk show host and weather man, an insurance salesman, and an award winning watercolorist. He holds Signature membership in the Missouri National Watercolor Society. Together he and his wife of over 62 years have blessed the world with three magnificent children and nine incredible grandchildren—all of whom, he concedes—are better looking and smarter than he is.

February 21 – Andy Wilson—Faith Journey

Andy Wilson, who joined PUCC with his wife Kristan in the fall of 2014, will share his Faith Journey and talk a bit about his first year at Eden Seminary.

Andy was looking for a faith community that was warm, focused on outreach, inclusive, relevant. We are so very fortunate that he and his bride found us. He jumped in right away—mingling, moving tables and chairs for events, attending workshops and mixers. He settled in well—teaching Sunday School, becoming a lay reader in worship. Andy is calm, gentle, unhurried—great qualities for a clergyperson which were surely invaluable when he was working on an ambulance for a decade. He is also inquisitive and likes to push the boundaries a bit but does it with tact and the desire to keep everyone at the table.

Not having grown up in our UCC, his faith has been stretching and shifting so that he could find us. He has great respect for where he has been and gives sincere thanks for the faith and family that he grew up in, though he is in a much different place theologically and socially than they are today.

Andy just started his second semester at Eden Seminary. He simply cannot get enough! He has been fully engaged in his studies. Fortunately for him, he loves to read—having been a history major in undergraduate school serves him well now.

February 28 – A List for Lent

Jesus talks about many faith practices. We have made a list for this Lent and have been intentional about this time and space that has been carved out for us. Our attention is on scripture, our own experience, Jesus’ story as well as the history and now of our congregation and denomination … courage, vulnerability, patience, flexibility, receptivity, advocacy and generosity. How are you doing with these? Which one(s) have grabbed you? Which one(s) are you resisting? This morning’s session will help you focus in on our List for Lent.

January 2016 Adult Education

Jan. 3 – Mental Health Today in our Region—Tina Leonard, RN
Our Adult Education speaker for the first Sunday in January is Tiana Leonard, an RN working toward her Advanced Practice degree in Family Psych. She is employed at Saint Mary’s Health in Richmond Heights in Behavioral Health. Ms Leonard has practiced nursing for decades and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her audience. Her achievements have won her recognition and awards for superior service to this population.


Jan. 10 – Constructing our Reality: How Identity Affects Conflicts in the Middle EastPUCCer Paul Roesler

The war in Syria has become a proxy war between Shiite Iran and Sunni Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Paul Roesler, professor of Political Science at St. Charles Community College will discuss the importance of religious identity in this conflict.  Paul argues that identity is constructed and that these constructs affect not just the war in Syria, but also the Israeli/Palestine conflict and many other the issues facing the world today.


Jan. 17 – Gems from Bangladesh and BomboluluPUCCer Ruth Peace will talk about the story of the Plowsharing Crafts Stores in St Louis. Plowsharing Crafts provides meaningful income to skilled artisans around the world by marketing their products in the St. Louis area since 1985. We are a ministry of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship and a proud Member of the Fair Trade Federation.


Jan. 24 – Shhhh—Be A Secret Shopper. Have you ever wanted to go under cover? Is there a name you wish your parents gave you and/or a nickname you’d like to be called? Arrive ten minutes before the worship service you do NOT usually attend—Traditional or Informal. Enter the parking lot with a clear mind… walk up to the building as if you are coming for the very first time. Meet the greeter and make a nametag using the name of your choice. Notice everything about worship, fellowship, the building … and feel free to take notes along the way. Ask questions of anyone you meet. Make up a great story about who you are. We would be so grateful to hear your impressions of Parkway UCC as if you were a first time visitor. Thank you! Shhhh.


Jan 31 – Chat with the Stews – Stewardship Commission! Next Sunday is our Annual Budget Meeting so come to this Adult Ed session to talk through our mission and ministry – as well as the cost and joy of discipleship in this time and place. We have incredible gifts and resources at Parkway UCC… and with this comes responsibility… so let’s also bring our creativity and spirit.




New Book for the New Year


2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | childcare provided

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues their tradition of study and fellowship on January 12 with the latest from Diana Butler Bass: Grounded—Finding God in the World. 

“The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.”

Please join us for these lively and friendly potluck supper/book discussions. Those interested in this book may purchase a copy from the church office OR from your preferred book vendor. Contact Dottie Dwyer (dkdwyer@charter.net), Mary Jo Cannon (maryjo991@aol.com), or Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com) for more information. 


December 2015 Adult Education

8717119_orig December 6: Scott Holl, Archivist at Eden Seminary, will speak on German Heritage in St. Louis and the connection to the German Evangelical Church, one of the predecessor denominations to our United Church of Christ. Over this past summer, Scott was promoted to Manager of the St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department (history and genealogy) where he had been Assistant Manager since 2007. The History and Genealogy Department is one of the top genealogy libraries in the US and is well known internationally in genealogical circles. Scott is an expert in the history of the St. Louis area and particularly of the American and European religious currents that brought so many German immigrants to the Midwest. He brings this expertise to his work as Eden Archivist and to our efforts to understand and preserve the historical roots of Eden Seminary and the Evangelical Synod of North America tradition within our United Church of Christ.
 historic santuary drawing  December 13: PUCC Historian, Naomi Runtz will share the history of our church. Naomi is so passionate about our PUCC story. Come to be reminded and to learn new things.
 nativity440  Dec 20: Kevin Hogarty—The Nativity Story: Real? Relevant?
Join us as we revisit the stories of the season that we know so well. Or do we? Are they historical stories or myths that have something to teach us? Over two weeks, PUCC member, Kevin Hogarty will facilitate a study of the stories told by Matthew and Luke. Is there more here than the children’s stories we know form Sunday School, Christmas carols and Charlie Brown? Come and explore these stories!


December 27: One Family at 10:00am—NO AE