Adult Education


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Sundays, September-May @9:45 a.m.

Adult Education is a long-running weekly lecture series focused on issues of importance to our faith and our community. Past topics have ranged from the history of Reformed Theology to current religious, social, political and economic developments here and abroad. Speakers are drawn from the rich diversity of expertise provided by Washington, and include leaders from government; neighboring universities, churches and divinity schools; think tanks and other private sector organizations; as well as our own congregation. Classes meet Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Washington Room and the group takes a hiatus between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Previous Classes

October 20, 2019 - Elder Priscila Rodriguez discusses “Disability; Human Rights and Ending the Exclusion of One of Our Most Vulnerable Populations.”

October 6, 2019 - Rev. Vaagenes introduces the Story of Jacob in Genesis

September 22, 2019 - Rev. Chatelaine-Samsen discusses 2019-2020 plans for mission and education

September 15, 2019 - Sabbatical Report from Rev. Vaagenes. Pastor Rachel returns from a summer of rest, family, church shopping, and sci-fi novels! Come hear of her harrowing adventures battling snakes, challenging the evangelical patriarchy, climbing volcanoes, and flying into hyperspace. PLUS, get a look at the program year ahead: Grace in 4 Movements, Dinner Church, The Den... and more!

September 8, 2019 - No Class - Rev. Dr. Cook will deliver her “State of the Church” review in the Georgetown Room

May 19, 2019 – Elder Jennifer Hillman, professor at Georgetown Law Center, will discuss “Can Multilateralism Survive in an Age of America First?”

May 12, 2019 – Elder Dr. John Marshall, Director, Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer, will discuss “Finding Value and the Quest to Cure Cancer.”

May 5, 2019 – Elder Russell Porter, USAID, will discuss “Countering Violent Extremism”

Apr 28, 2019 – Elder Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today, will discuss her newly published book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

Apr 21, 2019 – Easter (no class)

Apr 14, 2019 – Tara Libert, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, will discuss how it “uses the transformative power of books and writing to inspire [incarcerated youth] to pursue positive life paths.”

Apr 7, 2019 – The Great Commission–the Ethical Imperative in Matthew’s Gospel w/ Pastor Rachel

March 31, 2019 – Guest Preacher Response Panel

Mar 24, 2019 – Guest Preacher Eric Barreto

Mar 17, 2019 – The Second Testament: Matthew’s gospel and it’s connection to Hebrew Scripture

Mar 10, 2019 – Women, Gentiles, and Outcasts in Matthew

Mar 3, 2019 – Matthew and the Kingdom of Heaven–Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer

Feb 24, 2019 – Pastor Rachel will give the first of five overview analyses regarding The Gospel of Matthew, with deep dives into the theological, moral, and ethical issues. Matthew is the book for the third and final segment of our year-long study: Born. United. Sent.

Feb 17, 2019 – Pastor Chris will lead a discussion addressing “GPC and the Evolving Refugee Crisis.”

Feb 3 & 10, 2019 – Sin and Salvation in George Saunders’ “Lincoln in The Bardo,”a discussion lead by Adrian Vaagenes, M. Div, MILS. Click for more info.

Jan 27, 2019 – Elders Shelley and Tom Jennings discuss “South Korea, The Miracle Country.”

Jan 20, 2019 – Elder Alan Wisdom explains “Why I’m Still a Presbyterian—And What That Has to Do With 1 Corinthians.”

Jan 13, 2019 – MLK, Jr. expert and GPC friend David Greer gives an in-depth analysis of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, with video excerpts of Dr. King’s last sermon. (Cancelled due to inclement weather)

Jan 6, 2019 – Rev. Vaagenes examines the complex and exciting early church ferment with an overview of 1 Corinthians. Church unity, sexuality, treatment of the poor… it is a jam-packed epistle!

Upcoming Classes

OCTOBER 27, 2019 - REV. VAAGENES AND RABBI SHAFNER DISCUSS THE BOOK OF JACOB

NOVEMBER 3, 2019 - NO CLASS - DR. NATHAN STUCKY, PRINCETON TS, LECTURES IN THE GEORGETOWN ROOM

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 - REV. VAAGENES INTRODUCES THE STORY OF JEREMIAH

DECEMBER 22, 2019 - NO CLASS

DECEMBER 29, 2019 - NO CLASS

JANUARY 5, 2020 - REV. VAAGENES INTRODUCES THE STORY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS IN THE GOSPELS

JANUARY 12, 2020 - ELDER VICKY PEDRICK DISCUSSES THE GRIEVING MOTHER IN CLASSIC LITERATURE

FEBRUARY 2, 2020 - REV. VAAGENES INTRODUCES THE STORY OF JOHN OF PATMOS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

FEBRUARY 9, 2020 - REV. VAAGENES DISCUSSES THE BOOK OF REVELATION

APRIL 12, 2020 - NO CLASS (EASTER)