January 19, 2019

Sunday Adult Ed

In response to God’s transforming love, Parkway United Church of Christ commits itself to the duty and joy of providing opportunities to increase each person’s faith in every stage of life. As we worship, learn, and serve together, we offer experiences which exercise both knowledge of God and trust in God.

Adult education helps persons to faithfully engage religious, social, and political issues facing our contemporary community, thereby promoting growth as Christ’s servants dedicated to fulfilling God’s mission throughout the world. Our Adult Education is sort of like Adult Sunday School. Most weeks we have a speaker (either from Parkway United Church of Christ or from the community) share about his/her organization or topic of interest.

Join us on Sundays during either worship service for Adult Education.

November 2015 Adult Education


redblack November 1: Treasures and Hearts, Q & A with members of the Stewardship Commission.


3823400 November 8: Missouri Interfaith Power & Light – Their mission is to engage, equip and educate Missouri faith communities to be stewards of God’s creation by addressing the environmental and social justice consequences of climate change. MO IPL seeks to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.
Tracey Koch, Chairperson of MOIPL along with Polly Rutherford and Jeanne Clausin (St John’s UCC in Chesterfield) will facilitate our session and dialogue about the benefits of going green at church and at home and everywhere we go! (The Stewardship Commission will be in the Library for questions and discussion regarding their November 1 presentation or anything else about the 2016 Pledge Campaign.) 
Ghana November 15: The Rev. Gershon Dotse from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EP Church) will be our leader today. He will share about His experience of the church in Ghana and his experiences at Eden Seminary. Gershon is a second year Master of Theological Studies student at Eden Theological Seminary. Prior to attending Eden Seminary, Gershon served as a District Superintendent for the church. Eden and the United Church of Christ have a good relationship with the EP Church. Eden graduate the Rev. Dr. Seth Agidi is currently the Moderator of the EP Church of Ghana. Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, Eden Seminary President, traveled to Ghana earlier this year to preach the sermon at Rev. Agidi’s installation service as Moderator. Gerhson plans to return to Ghana to teach in a seminary after earning his MTS degree here.


Healing-Racism-Large November 22: Justice and Racial Healing – Our own Kevin Hogarty and Joan Brannigan will lead a discussion arising from short videos on Race and White Privilege. These video clips of less than 3 minutes each are very impactful and will stir us on to important and sacred conversations on race. Please come – especially if you are feeling some resistance. [Preview the video clips at worldtrust.org]
November 29: One Family Worship at 10:00am—First Sunday of Advent…No Adult Education Classes.


October 2015 Adult Education

benefits-of-writing-a-journOctober 4: Everyone Has a Faith Story to Tell…What is Yours? A Mini-workshop by Gerry Rogers

Gerry will take you through the steps of preparing to tell your faith story. We will discuss possible roadblocks that people might have that prevent them from participating in this, along with ways to overcome them. We will brainstorm possible topics to get the creative juices flowing. Finally, everyone will be given a chance to write a very basic outline of their own faith story. The goal is that by the end of the session, everyone will have the tools and confidence necessary to sign up to give their very own faith story. You will get out of this what you put into it…it will NOT be me talking for an hour (that in itself is a blessing…) Please come and explore the possibilities, and perhaps step out of your comfort zone a little. I look forward to sharing your ideas!

Gerry has been a member of Parkway UCC for almost 4 years. Her Church history includes growing up Southern Baptist, and being a member of a Presbyterian and Disciples of Christ Church. Here at Parkway she serves as a usher, and is on the Membership Care Commission. She and her husband Mike are active in the Sunday morning Adult Education classes, Tuesday night TED group here at Parkway, and also attend the LIFE retreats at Eden Seminary. She works part time at the St Louis ARC, and her hobbies include travel, photography, and reading. She enjoys visits with her children, grandchildren, and other family, as well as fellowship with friends.


Does-God-Exist-Marco-Belluci-300p-width-optimOctober 11, 18 & 25: Why God? Which God?— Mark Lee Robinson

For most of human history our individual identity was formed and expressed by the god or gods we worshipped. We were a member of a clan or tribe that had a god that gave us our identity and, if we were good, cared for us. While there are those who still ascribe identity to someone as a function of religion or ethnic association [we have folks who say that to be the President you must worship a Christian god] for the most part it is no longer true that one must have a belief in God. Indeed, it is likely that there are persons who are part of the Parkway community who identify as atheist or agnostic.

So if we don’t need to believe in a god, why bother? What benefit arises from a belief in and a relationship with a god? Given the role that religion plays in human misery, perhaps it will be better to live in a post-theist society.

I will show my hand here a bit to say that I observe a great many benefits to having a relationship with God. That will probably not surprise you. But I want to try to tease apart just what those benefits might be. It helps if we know why we are going to all the trouble to have a god in the first place.

Then, having clarified the benefits, we are presented with a great smorgasbord of potential gods. Which god is the best one for you? And what difference might it make if your god is not the same as the god held by others in your pew? Do we all have to worship the same god?

Does God know what is going to happen before it happens? Or is God limited by the Arrow of Time as are we mortals? Did God create us, or do we create God? Or are we mutually co-created? And what does that mean anyway? What is the relationship between science and religion? Does evolution argue against the power of God? Or does God create through evolution? Or does God evolve? Does God know everything? What is God conscious of and what is the relationship between my consciousness and that of God?

These are some of the questions we will consider as part of this class. I hope to see you in October.

Rev. Dr. Mark Lee Robinson is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution and is the Minister of Reconciliation and Evangelism at Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC. He is a pastoral psychotherapist and author of Just Conflict: Transformation through Resolution. He hosts Sacred Soup, an inter-spiritual faith community in St. Louis.

September 2015 Adult Education

September 6: Labor Day Weekend—no AE

September 13: PUCC’s COPE Team—Making Second Chances Count

2015-02-02-project-cope.jpgPUCCers engaged in this important ministry want to tell you all about it!
Since 1985, Project COPE has provided transitional housing, case management services, programming, and mentoring to men and women returning from incarceration. Through the dedication of staff and congregational-based mentoring teams, hundreds of ex-offenders have successfully reintegrated into the community; working, raising families, and living successful lives free of crime.

September 20: Florence Simonson—Bible Study on Jonah
diving-blue-whaleYou will enjoy Florence’s approach, spirit, humor and challenge! Come hear the story again—or for the first time—and see how Jonah’s journey fits into your life.
Simplified version—God asks Jon
ah to speak God’s word to a group of people. Jonah goes in the opposite direction. God does not give up on asking Jonah—for the need is still there. God gives Jonah another opportunity. Jonah listens this time. God is with Jonah the entire time—even in the belly of the great big fish!

September 27: Valley of Hope with Dana Gardner
B-W-logo-gold-glow-e1390587726525The Valley Hope Association is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality drug and alcohol addiction treatment services. They began on the campus of a state hospital in Kansas in1967 and are now in seven states. Valley Hope includes medically monitored detox, residential, day/partial, outpatient and continuing care. Valley Hope encourages family participation because they have been affected and need help too.

August 2015 Adult Education

egypt-knew-no-pharaohs-nor-israelites-new-cover-art-6August 2: Kevin Hogarty—Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture: Moses, the Pharaoh and Us

PUCC member, Kevin Hogarty will facilitate a conversation inspired by leading Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann who will prompt us via his video message. Walter draws connections between Israel’s sociological,  economic and spiritual status and that of America today.  We’ll be challenged by Walter to think of Pharaoh today as “the rat race,” the tendency to get pulled back into a consumer culture in spite of our best intentions.  In this session we’re called to think of God as the One who still invites us into an alternative covenant relationship based on fidelity to God.  Where is your allegiance most of the time? 

264931.886820August 9: Laurie Jacob—The Lord’s Prayer Revisited

Laurie Jacob, our seminary student for this past year, is back to lead us in another memorable and meaningful Adult Education session.The Lord’s Prayer is an integral part of many Christian worship services; this is especially true at Parkway UCC. We will be taking a look at the structure of the prayer, exploring its meaning from a first century perspective, and its different permutations today.

187August 16: Joan Brannigan—The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Having just marked the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki last week, we will view and discuss a portion of Dr. Helen Caldicott’s 2015 lecture on the desperate need to dismantle nuclear weapons. She speaks on the reasons for our health and security for getting rid of nuclear weapons. If a war using them would break out, this would be the end of humanity as we know it.

Dr Helen Caldicott is an Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons proliferation, war and military action in general. She hosts a weekly radio program, If You Love This Planet. In 2009 she was designated a Women’s History Month Honoree by the National Women’s History Project.

Caldicott was founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. The Smithsonian Institution has named her one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

In 1980, following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, she left her medical career in order to concentrate on calling the world’s attention to what she refers to as the “insanity” of the nuclear arms race and the growing reliance on nuclear power.

okc.bombing.natpkg.cnn.640x360August 23: Brad Lyons—Remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing                                         

In 1995, Brad Lyons was a reporter at his hometown newspaper in suburban Oklahoma City when 168 people were killed and more than 700 were injured by the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Half an hour after the explosion, he was on the scene amidst chaos and heroism, and the next several days were consumed by talking to families of the dead and those who risked their lives to save others. Brad will share his experiences of the Oklahoma City bombing, 20 years later. [The presentation is rated PG and may contain images or concepts that may be disturbing.] 

Aug 30: One Family Worship—No Adult Education today

July 2015 Adult Education

Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room

Portrait image of a group of aged people taken a snap out in the wild

Portrait image of a group of aged people taken a snap out in the wild

July 12: Libby Reimers, Coordinator of Older Adult Ministries at Concord Trinity United Methodist Church. Libby’s background includes degrees in Education, Non-profit Administration, Gerontology and ministry. She has worked in several denominations specializing in older adults and spent 15 years in small church pastoral ministry. Married with 5 children and 6 grands.

Our Pilgrimage into Old Age

My how times are changing! As each of us ages our experiences define our expectations. Each new generation of elders redefines what it means to be “old.” In our time together let’s talk about our spiritual journeys in the last third of life and how the church can contribute to health and life satisfaction. Bring your concerns, thoughts and an open mind to a discussion of who is old and what that means in today’s church.


1240426_10152271708212119_695601527_nJuly 19: 

Michael Vanacore will talk about Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). …it’s history and what we do, and I’ll explain the three issues, what they mean and why we chose them: policing, municipal courts and the Children’s Service Fund.
Michael Vanacore graduated from Kenyon College where he studied modern languages and religion. He received the Masters degree in Italian from Middlebury College. He studied Italian in Italy at Universita degli Studi de Ferrara. He also worked as an Organizer for Service Employees International Union. Michael currently lives in NYC with his wife and is an intern at MCU for the summer
He is working on a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary.

July 26: Tom Kribben, Saint Louis Effort for AIDS

Health Insurance Literacy Presentation

We work with churches to offer a free health insurance literacy presentation to their members.  The Health Insurance Literacy Presentation focuses on what consumers need to know about health insurance.  At this presentation, consumers will learn new tools to find the best affordable health insurance plan for them. 

We discuss Medicaid, Gateway to Better Health, The Affordable Care Act, Medicare and other insurance options.  We cover the entire spectrum as an individual’s income would be the primary driver in assisting them in getting the appropriate coverage.

After the presentation, if participants want to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, we provide free sessions to meet with them and get them signed up.  Currently, some people may qualify for Special Enrollment.  Annual Enrollment is from 11/15/15-1/15/16.  

Tom Kribben is a St. Louis native and graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in May of 1996 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.  He received his Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in January of 2000. Tom is a Certified Application Counselor with the Access Project, part of St. Louis Effort for AIDS.  Heworks with consumers to focus on what they need to know about healthcare insurance.  He assists consumers with learning new tools to find the most affordable health insurance plans for them. Tom spent 15 years doing college recruiting in professional services and serving as Director of Career Services for the University of Southern California. He has always had a passion for helping others and is thrilled to have made a career change into the non-profit sector with St. Louis Effort for AIDS.

June 2015 Adult Education

June 7: One Family Worship & Annual Meeting

June 14: Thomas Havyarimana is going to share his experience in Africa in refugee camps and immigrating here from Africa. He plans on having a video about it and hopes to bring several folks who have also immigrated.

June 21: Father’s Day–Pete Shelton shares about his trip to Ireland to discover his birth mother.

wp_logo1June 28: Woman’s Place: A Unique Domestic Violence Resource in St. Louis–Sheila Chibnall-Treptow
Woman’s Place w
rks to end violence against women by providing compassionate crisis intervention, facilitating women’s transition to safety and healing and educating the community. Sheila Chibnall-Treptow, a crisis intervention advocate at Woman’s Place will describe how their uniquely accessible and flexible resources help women suffering from domestic violence and sexual assault. She will include a short segment from their How to Help workshop which empowers friends and family members with effective tools for helping a loved one they fear is experiencing abuse.

Adult Education – May 2015

childhood_hunger_in_USMay 3:
Childhood Hunger in the United States by Tom Tupper

Did you ever experienced hunger as a child?  Do you know any children who
don’t get enough to eat? Is there are relationship between childhood
obesity and hunger?  What is being done to eliminate hunger in our country
and what can you do to be a part of the solution? We will explore the facts
about childhood hunger in our country, look at the
federal children’s

feeding programs and celebrate what they have accomplished, review what
Bread for the World does, what it has accomplished and what it is asking us
to do through our annual offering of letters—when we share our faith and
Christ-like voices with our legislators.

MD pancake breakfastMay 10: Mother’s Day (Breakfast in Fellowship Hall)

New-tch_logo_vert4-2-800x328sex_traffickingMay 17: Sex Trafficking 101 presentation by Dedee Lhamon. Dedee is the founder and Executive Director of The Covering House. Come and learn about modern day slavery and what The Covering House is doing to fight it. Dedee will speak on the issue of domestic human sex trafficking with a
focus on the St. Louis area. She will also share the history of how The
Covering House started, what they are currently doing and what they plan to
do in the future.

10-health-care-benefits-covered-in-the-Health-Insurance-MarketplaceMay 24: Need for Medicaid Expansion—Mary Jane Schutzius
“I would urge you to think in terms of justice and health care as a human
right; the spiraling costs, especially of pharmaceuticals; and of all
people, not only children, the elderly, the working poor, the unemployed,
the chronically ill, the uninsured or underinsured, since we will all fall
into one or more of these categories sooner or later.” -Mary Jane
Schutzius, Missourians for Single Payer Health Care

May 31: 5th Sunday – One Family Worship

Adult Education – April 2015

April 5
Easter—no AE

April 12
AE Greatest Hits
Kevin Hogarty

Painting the Stars is not a long lost Van Gogh. It’s the adult Lenten study that has taken place on Sunday evenings during Lent. We want to share what we consider to be ‘the best’ session. Come to expand your mind and widen your spirit as we look at science and an ever expanding faith. PUCCer Kevin Hogarty has led this adventure more than once and is very passionate about it. 

April 19
Embracing Easter through Painting and Poetry
Clarence Heller

Poetry and art have the power to tap into what we know but may not have recognized, and to what resonates with us although we may not be able to articulate it.  Come join Clarence Heller as he shares some of his art and poetry, inviting us into a deeper experience of Easter.  Clarence is a spiritual director, poet and dreamer whose writing and paintings are inspired through prayerful refection.  He has served as the coordinator for the ecumenical retreat in everyday life ministry, Week or Month of Guided Prayer, for the past ten years.  A graduate of Aquinas Institute of Theology, with a Masters in Pastoral Studies and Certificate of Spiritual Direction, Clarence is passionate about prayer, inclusivity, ecumenism and helping others come to know the depth of God’s love for them.  His first book, Everyday Sacred: Meditations and Paintings to Inspire Reflection and Prayer focuses on encountering God in everyday life (www.clarenceheller.com).

April 26
Laurie LaFramboise

That’s a lot of letters! As we celebrate our 7th year as an Open and Affirming Congregation (openandaffirming.org/ona/), we continue to live into this welcome and awareness. Join Laurie, our Seminarian for this academic year, a second year Eden Seminary student from Michigan, as we define and discern together what it has meant and what it will continue to mean to be an ONA community.

Adult Education – March 2015

Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room


Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up!?

Bob McClelland

March 1& 8

Rev Bob McClellan concludes his multi-session exploration of…looking again at the four Gospels—each of which presents Jesus to the world as a different “Christ”—we are reminded that a new Jesus Story may be needed now. This AE six-part series sets forth the proposition that the God, who makes Godself known in and through history, needs us to bring Jesus to life via a new retelling of the Jesus Story today. [Bob McClelland is a retired pastor, professor, author, artist and family man.]


Context/History of Community/Congregation

Laurie LaFramboise

March 15             

Laurie LaFramboise, our Seminarian for this academic year, is a second year Eden Seminary student from Michigan. One of Laurie’s requirement in the Contextual Education Course that brings her here to PUCC, is a study of the community that surrounds the church—Town & Country. The other piece has been a study of the history of the church itself—which may look different from the ‘outside’ as opposed to the way we looked at the church from the ‘inside’ as we celebrated 175 years in 2014. Join us for an AE session that takes an interesting look at who we are and where we are!


Immortality in Judaism through the Ages

Rabbi Joseph Rosenblum

March 22

Immortality is a preoccupation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While the latter two were understandably influenced by Judaism, I will center my remarks on Judaism, particularly in the Biblical period, but will bring to modern times as well. Why are there differences of approach within the Bible and in later times? Why are relatively few Jews openly concerned with immortality, although rabbis and theologians have definite ideas about it?

Rabbi Joseph R Rosenbloom is Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar at Temple Emanuel on Conway Rd in Creve Coeur. Rabbi Joe, as he is known to everyone, has served the Temple continuously since 1961, a period of time that covers practically the entire history of Temple Emanuel. In addition to his position as the Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in St. Louis, Rabbi Joe has been an adjunct professor in classics at Washington University. Interestingly enough, after his retirement from Temple Emanuel, he served as “rabbi in residence” at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ladue—preaching and teaching.


Palm Sunday

March 29 [5th Sunday]

Jesus Has Left the Building 3 after 8:30am worship. There will be no AE.

Adult Education: February – March 2015

Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room

41Mi4q2nRALWill the Real Jesus Please Stand Up!?

Bob McClelland

February 1, 8 and 15 (and again March 1, 8 and 15)

Today’s world is asking if there is any reality to the Jesus about whom we speak, and if so, would he please stand up. By looking again at the four Gospels—each of which presents Jesus to the world as a different “Christ”—we are reminded that a new Jesus Story may be needed now. This AE six-part series sets forth the proposition that the God, who makes Godself known in and through history, needs us to bring Jesus to life via a new retelling of the Jesus Story today. [Bob McClelland is a retired pastor, professor, author, artist and family man.]


We’ve Come a Long Way, But We Still Have a Long Way To Go

Kathy McGinnis

February 22

What are the critical peace and justice challenges in 2015? What are the underlying lessons of Ferguson? How do we move from where we are towards where we need to be?

Kathy McKathy McGinnis is the Executive Director of the Institute for Peace and Justice—provider of learning opportunities and action possibilities on peace and justice issues for over 44 years. She is a former social studies teacher, and is currently an occasional adjunct instructor at Fontbonne University. She serves on the Social Justice Advocacy Council for Catholic Charities in St. Louis, is a Board Member of Gitana (The Divine Feminine), and chairs the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Task Force and the Human Relations Commission in University City.