February 23, 2019

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.

Let the Sun Shine

Parkway Speaker Series Inaugural Event: Let the Sun Shine—A Sunday Adult Ed Opportunity

Sunday, February 24 | 11:15am | Heritage Room

Solar Power: What is it and how much does it cost?

A presentation and conversation with our own Kent Tallyn.


With the increasing interest in sustainable energy and the gradual expansion of the solar power installation industry, many people are wondering if it is right for them. This discussion will center on how the sun’s energy is harnessed and how it can reduce your carbon footprint as well as the economic viability and installation costs of solar power in your home. Come with your questions.


*Kent went through some training so he could be prepared to be a home owner that is using solar power.


Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution Feb 17 Adult Ed

HAPPENING: A Clean Energy RevolutionSpecial Adult Ed

Sunday, February 17 | 11:15am | Heritage Room

“Can we make enough renewable energy to supply the world and replace fossil fuels? HOW can we do that, and WILL we do that?” That is the question film maker Jamie Redford asks in the HBO documentary titled: HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution. The Parkway Sustainability Seekers and Interfaith Power and Light will present this 71-minute film during adult education on February 17 in the Heritage Room. A light lunch will be provided during the movie and discussion. Preview the film at


“The Borrower” Book Discussion starting Feb 12

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Feb 12

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

On February 12 and 26 we will discuss The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai.

“Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly anti-gay classes. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian when she finds him camped out in the library after hours, and the odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?”

Books are available for purchase in the church office or through your own vendor or library! TED is a great place to enjoy the fellowship of friends, new and old! All welcome!

EDUCATED: A MEMOIR Book Study beginning Mar 12

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Mar 12
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

We will discuss the much heralded Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Books will be available after February 17 in the church office while supplies last! Or purchase through your own vendor or borrow from the library!

“An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.”

TED is a great place to enjoy the fellowship of friends, new and old! All welcome!

New TED Book Discussion Jan 8

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Jan 8

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

We kick off 2019 with a discussion of We Were the Lucky Ones. Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. Books are available in the church office ($14) or use your local library or vendor of choice! Join us! Contact Karen Boyd with questions at kkseib@gmail.com

A Christmas Memory 11/27 & 12/11

Tuesday Evening Dialogue

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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) has two sessions remaining before Christmas: Nov. 27 and Dec. 11. On the Nov 27 we will be sharing responses to Truman Capote’s beloved holiday story drawn from his childhood titled A Christmas Memory. On the Dec 11 we will be examining one of scriptures’ most praised passages, Mary’s Magnificat, (“The Song of Mary” recorded in the Gospel of Luke 1:46 – 55) and other Christmas poems. Free copies of the readings will be available in the church office.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue 10/23

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Oct 23

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

TED discusses The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland over three sessions: Oct 23, Nov 13 (chapters 2 & 3), Nov 27 (chapters 4-6). Books available for purchase in the church office through your preferred vendor.


“When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town…of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours…they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news…”


ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd with questions: kkseib@gmail.com

October 2018 Adult Education

PUCC October Adult Education Opportunities


Video Lecture by Matthew Vines

Sunday October 7, 2018

We will show Matthew Vines’ video lecture on the texts in the Bible that appear to support anti-gay feelings. He discusses his journey as a gay man and his interpretation of the scriptures. Join the ONA team for a light lunch while we watch part of the presentation and follow up with discussion. A written transcript will be available. RSVP to sign up on the poster in Gathering Space.


Treasuring a Transgender Child

presenter October 14, 2018 11:15am

Lisa Brennan

Lisa Brennan is the proud daughter of a UCC pastor, married to her husband for 30 years. In January of 2018, Lisa started a new chapter of life, as her youngest child shared with the family that she is a transgender woman. After some adjustment, the Brennan family has found that when you treasure someone for who they are, it is magical and sacred. Lisa wrote a beginner’s guidebook for family and friends, and to her surprise it was widely shared, with several groups asking her to share her story.


Learning about Gender and Sexuality

October 21 11:15 am Autumn Dennis, presenter,

In this session, we will be sharing our stories and experiences of how we “know” our gender and sexuality. We will discuss how gender and sexuality are different, various key terms that are helpful to know, and will discuss how to use neutral pronouns in conversation.



Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book 9/11

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Sep 11
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
We begin discussions of the Walter Bruggemann book A Gospel of Hope. Paperback copies are available in the church office.

TED Summer Break

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) goes on summer break for August and will be reconvening on September 11 when we will begin discussions of the Walter Bruggemann book A Gospel of Hope. Look for copies in the church office in the upcoming weeks. A potluck/movie night is in the works for August; stay tuned for more information.  As always—ALL welcome! For more information contact Karen Boyd at kkseib@gmail.com