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The Early Christian Church: From Paul to Augustine

The Early Christian Church: From Paul to Augustine

How did the Christian church grow from a few dozen followers of Jesus at the time of his death and resurrection to become the state religion of the Roman Empire just three hundred years later.  This seven-week course taught by David Bush beginning in January 2018 will cover the church’s origins as described in the book of Acts; and follow its development of structure, doctrine, and creeds over the next 350 years until just before the fall of Rome.  Part II, to be offered next year, will cover the History of the Western (Roman Catholic) Church during the Middle Ages.  The final segment the following year will cover the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the establishment of churches in America. The course is also being videotaped and will be available for later viewing here for those that miss a session: Jan 14: Paul and the Apostles Spread the Word Jan 21: The Roman Empire Jan 28: Christian Philosophy and Beliefs Feb 4: The Christian Underground Feb 11: The Final Persecution and the Diocletian Division Feb 18: Constantine and The Church Imperial Feb 25: The Saints: Augustine, and Jerome and Benedict


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Waking Up White

A six-week book discussion of Debby Irving’s “Waking Up White” led by Erin Loesley and Leslie Woods. Please start reading the book! Even if you cannot participate at the 10 am class, it is a good book that will help us to have honest conversations and discussions about this very important topic of race issues in America. Come and be ready to have a lively and respectful discussion!


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New Class! Theology According to Star Wars, I

Bill Reidway offers a structured analysis of the narrative, character, thematic, and stylistic elements of the Star Wars films, particularly as relates to nature of friendship, compassion, bravery, service, sacrifice, and love. We will find the Biblical relevance in a story loved by billions of people all around the world.


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Theology and Racism discussions

St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD is hosting two discussions on race and theology. Feb 10 – 11, 2017: Dr. Willie Jennings will give a presentation followed by a Q&A on Fri night and Saturday morning will have a panel discussion and then conversation groups about how to respond and future steps. Mar 30, 2017: Dr James Cone, author of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” will give a presentation and discussion. Details at Origin of Race flyer.


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Basic Bible

Basic Bible is an in- depth study to dig deeper into the Scripture passage that is used in the Sunday sermon, led by Pastor Henry Brinton. No previous experience necessary, just your willingness to participate and learn! (Meets weekly in Room 137)


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Wired Word

This is a class filled with passionate, educational, and inspiring discussions of current events making news headlines every week, in the US and around the globe.  In this participant led discussion class, every voice is heard and respected, as class members reflect and engage in thought-provoking and stimulating conversations that seek to deepen our understanding of faith in God in this world and age. (Meets weekly in Room 110)


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