December 10, 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.

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:

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

August 2018 Adult Education Offerings

Worship Focus Group on August 5 The two worship vitality teams and the Worship Commission invite you to join us on August 5 in the Gathering Space following the morning worship service. Light refreshments will be provided. Please plan to be part of the discussion—feedback on our summer worship experiences, dreaming and visioning future worship experiences at PUCC!


The Parkway Sustainability Seekers will sponsor a two-part adult education opportunity on August 12 and 26, presenting the film Racing Extinction, an eco-thriller that examines mankind’s role in mass extinction. Filmed by an Academy Award®-winning film crew using state-of-the-art equipment, the documentary attempts to change how we understand endangered species and mass extinction. Racing Extinction was well reviewed when originally shown on the Discovery Channel and has been described as both “sobering and hopeful.” The film and discussion will begin at 11:15am in the Heritage Room. Contact Polly Winkelmann: | 314-503-4805


Jane Biehl, PHD, is a frequent visitor to Parkway. She is the sister of member Susan Moellering and her biggest fan! Jane’s home church is Congregational United Church of Christ, an open and affirming congregation in Canton, Ohio.

Jane has had several careers including librarian, counselor, college teacher and writer. Jane was born hard of hearing and is now profoundly deaf. Her faithful hearing ear dog, Sita, has been partnered with her for 11 years.

Jane will be speaking on August 19th about 2 of her latest books. Paw Prints On My Soul; Lessons of a Service Dog, is a devotional about all the wonderful teachings Sita has given her. Unfortunately, Sita will not be there because she is too old to travel. Jane was diagnosed with an incurable bone marrow cancer in 2010 and her second book is Life is Short – Eat the Donut: Insights from my Cancer Journey. Jane will be bringing books with her and will autograph them for anyone who is interesting in buying them. She will speak about both of her books and how both Sita and the cancer have profoundly affected her faith journey.

Read & discuss with us this summer!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) Summer Offerings

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue will meet in June and July, and then take “August off” until we reconvene again after Labor Day. Books are available in the church office.


On June 12 and 26, TED will discuss Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Tony Campolo is a retired professor and best-selling author and speaker on Christian topics. Bart Campolo is a counselor and humanist chaplain at USC. At a family Thanksgiving dinner several years ago, Bart disclosed that he no longer believed in God. That family dilemma developed into an opportunity for a dialog in which father and son each had to reconsider his personal journey of faith, and the two found themselves discussing central questions of faith and belief across their differences. This book resulted from that dialogue. In the preface, the authors suggest that their dialogue “can make room for our readers to think through and mediate on some of life’s ultimate issues.”


In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, as it takes up Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24. Gulley, a Quaker pastor, writes in his Harmony series of novels (of which this is the first) about a small Indiana congregation with a diverse set of members, each with his or her own personality quirks, special interests, and regular reasons to seek personal attention from the pastor—that is, a congregation most decidedly unlike ours! Gulley paints amusing but loving pictures of all of the church members, while turning a gimlet eye on many church traditions (Is the Friendly Women’s Circle’s annual Chicken Noodle Dinner really the most sacred event of the church year?), all through the eyes of a caring and patient (well, most of the time) pastor.


New TED Study begins April 10

UPDATE 5-4-2018

TED will continue to discuss the John Pavlovitz book “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Hopeful and Authentic Spiritual Community. This month, we will focus the discussion on Part 3: Under Construction. All are welcome to join in the potluck supper and discussions as we prepare for Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC on June 1-3rd! For more details contact Joan Brannigan:


A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.


The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club. The next book TED we will read and discuss is in the anticipation of the author John Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC in June: A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. John, after an attempt at being an artist decided to attend seminary and ended up first in a large church where, as the assistant minister, he didn’t have to share his “real” theology.  After getting a church where he was the head minister he began to question his authenticity. Was he trying to be the “perfect” minister or could he share his foibles as well as his doubts and still be a spiritual leader? Could he lead a life sharing his table as Jesus had done with all kinds of diverse peoples. Come read the book with us and see how he met this challenge. We will begin reading Part I. Books available for purchase in the church office.


Maybe you’re interested in this book but don’t want to get committed long-term to a book club…COME! Maybe you’ve never been in a book club but love to read…COME! Maybe the idea of a PUCC potluck two evenings a month is too good to be true…COME! For more details contact Joan Brannigan:

Adult Education: April 2018

Effective Communication Strategies

An Education Program by the Alzheimer’s Association

Sunday, April 15 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room

Communication is more than just talking and listening—it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and their ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.


Sylvester Brown & the Sweet Potato Project

Sunday, April 22| 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room

Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown grew up on the streets of north St. Louis, neighborhoods where drug dealing is often the definition of being an entrepreneur. In 2012, Brown began “The Sweet Potato Project,” a summer program aimed at teaching “at-risk” youth entrepreneurial skills. Students plant sweet potatoes that they turn into a viable, marketable product—a sweet potato cookie.


“We recruit inner-city youth to plant sweet potatoes on vacant lots. We provide them with a 10-week summer job where they learn marketing, branding, sales, product development and more. At the end of the summer job, they turn their produce into products. At this time, the students sell sweet potato cookies. The whole idea is to show our kids how to become entrepreneurs in their own neighborhoods. As we demonstrate that young people in our community can be self-sustainable and facilitate the lifecycle of products created from locally grown produce, the concept will be expanded.” 


The mission of the Sweet Potato Project is to restore economic activity in North St. Louis by creating alternative and progressive ways of producing and distributing locally grown products and to teach young men and women sustainable business and entrepreneurial skills that can change their lives. 


Join us immediately following this 11:00am Adult Ed session for a yummy vegetarian luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Details…

Tuesday Evening Dialogue; The Last Week


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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) will start a new book for 3 sessions during Lent (Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27) by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem.


“Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’ final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.

The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.”


Books are available in the Church office while supplies last – $10/book. Or you can order from your favorite vendor!


Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship.


For questions ask Pastor Kevin or Karen Boyd (