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Despite what the cute adage says, we didn’t actually learn everything we need to know in Kindergarten. God is a mystery we plumb for a lifetime, and a healthy Christian continues pursuing new knowledge, ideas, and practices no matter how old they grow. At Transfiguration, we are enthusiastic about helping Christians of all ages, including adults at various stages of life, delve deeper into the Christians faith and life, and we encourage everyone who calls our church home to find a regular method of learning and growing.

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Sunday Mornings | 10:15 a.m.

During the program year (September through May), we offer Christian Formation classes for all ages on Sunday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.. Adults can choose from a variety of course offerings in multi-week increments on a range of topics. Past classes have included an in-depth journey through the Hebrew Bible, Reconciliation in the Family, and Understanding the Prayer Book.

Spring 2018 Classes

Classes for February 18 – April 15, 2018 (no class on March 25 or April 1)

leader changes weekly

We continue our work from Aging to Sage-ing by having a formation class using a format called The Circle Way.  The Circle Way is a lightly formalized, lightly facilitated social structure that allows people to use circle process in a wide range of settings.  It offers a chance for people to stop, to sit down, and to listen to each other. The Circle Way gathers people in community and each person has a voice.  This class will change in topic week by week, focusing on the needs of the group, with openness to change in discussion.  Each week the topic will address some facet of the Christian faith and life.

with Fr. Casey Shobe (PARENTING TRACK)

With shootings and violence tragically commonplace in our society, including in schools and churches, parents need to be equipped to talk with their kids about these events. In this class, Fr. Casey will reflect with parents about how to prepare for these sacred conversations, so that our kids resist fear, maintain trust in God, and have the spiritual tools to wrestle with the reality of danger and violence. This class is designed for the iParent community (parents of kids still living at home), but all are welcome.

with Dr. Roy Heller 

Join Dr. Roy Heller, Associate Professor of Old Testament at SMU, as he continues to journey through the Hebrew Bible.  This is an opportunity to read the stories of the Old Testament with each other, focusing on their literary beauty, their rich meanings, and the ways in which they are relevant for our own lives.  This spring we will be looking at the stories in Joshua and Judges.

Nancy Jagmin

The Enneagram is an ancient system for understanding personal motivation and growth, built on a foundation of nine personality types.  The study of the Enneagram as a tool for personal growth has been embraced across cultures and religious traditions worldwide.  This class will introduce you to the basic structure of the Enneagram and help you to find your type.  In addition, we will consider how understanding your type can help grow your awareness of how your personality operates in your life and how these insights can help you to grow personally and spiritually.

Recent Classes

Epiphany 2018 Class

Racial Healing and Understanding (now starting January 14!)

with Annelies Moeser and Dr. Stephanie Cole in Roper Hall

In order to achieve racial healing, we must first understand the ways in which white privilege pervades American society.  But we must also begin now thinking about our part—as individuals and as the church—in repairing the damage that racist institutions and practices have created.  Join us for a 3-week class that includes lecture, theological discussion, and small group reflection.  We’ll start with a brief history of how white privilege came to be and some specific instances of it here in Dallas.  Along with the history of the things we’ve done wrong, we’ll also look at some histories of some successes, including church-led models of reconciliation.  We’ll also talk about a scriptural approach that may provide guidance as journey toward a better a place of healing.   This course aspires to be one way we can continue the conversation required to confront racism in our church and world.  It is taught by two parishioners from Episcopal Church of the Ascension: Annelies Moeser, a Ph.D candidate in Biblical Studies at Brite Divinity School (TCU) focusing on the Gospels, feminist approaches, and the material world of the New Testament; and Dr. Stephanie Cole, associate professor of history at University of Texas-Arlington.  She teaches and writes about the history of race, gender, sex, and work.

Fall 2017 Second Module (5 weeks-November 5 – December 17; no classes on November 26 or December 3)

with Dr. Roy Heller

Join Dr. Roy Heller, Associate Professor of Old Testament at SMU, as he continues to journey through the Hebrew Bible.  This is an opportunity to read the stories of the Old Testament with each other, focusing on their literary beauty, their rich meanings, and the ways in which they are relevant for our own lives.  This fall the class will explore Numbers and Deuteronomy.

with Deacon Shea Gilliland 

We hear terms like “the Gospel,” “salvation,” and “kingdom of God” often in church. But how many of us could say we know what those terms really mean?  This class will look to the Bible and its message of the kingdom to help us learn why Jesus put so much emphasis on the idea of the “kingdom of God,” and what that means for our individual, social, political, and moral lives today.

with Nancy Destefano and Al Blackwell 

Whether you see yourself as having already entered the Second Half of life or if you find yourself in the First Half looking forward, you are invited to explore the practical, spiritual, and intergenerational aspects of that journey.  This is not a class about answers as much as it is about questions influencing the creation of your ultimate bucket list.  All are welcome to this class facilitated by Nancy Destefano (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Spiritual Director, and Life Coach) and Al Blackwell (Adult Learning Consultant).

Fall 2017 First Module (7 weeks: September 10-October 29 with a break on October 8 for In-gathering)

with Dr. Roy Heller

Join Dr. Roy Heller, Associate Professor of Old Testament at SMU, as he continues to journey through the Hebrew Bible.  This is an opportunity to read the stories of the Old Testament with each other, focusing on their literary beauty, their rich meanings, and the ways in which they are relevant for our own lives.  This fall the class will explore Numbers and Deuteronomy.

with Mother Erin Jean Warde and Mother Alina Williams (PARENTING TRACK) 

In September, Transfiguration will host Glennon Doyle, author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior, author of Love Warrior, activist, philanthropist, and creator of the online community for women and children in crisis, Momastery.  In preparation for her visit, this class will discuss her books, blogs, TED talks, and interviews, which range in topic from parenting, to inclusivity, to building safe communities.  Following her visit, the class will focus on how her vision for a compassionate world calls us to be a more compassionate Church.

with Father Casey Shobe 

The life and writing of Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to resonate with and inspire Christians over 70 years after his killing by the Nazis. Perhaps the most influential of his books is Discipleship, in which he crystallized his understanding of what it means to truly follow Jesus Christ in a dangerous and complicated world. Fr. Casey will lead an exploration of this insightful and challenging book, one that has had as much influence on his life and ministry as any work outside of the Bible. Participants will be encouraged, along with Bonhoeffer, to consider the costliness of being disciples of Jesus.

with Nancy Destefano and Al Blackwell

Whether you see yourself as having already entered the Second Half of life or if you find yourself in the First Half looking forward, you are invited to explore the practical, spiritual, and intergenerational aspects of that journey.  This is not a class about answers as much as it is about questions influencing the creation of your ultimate bucket list.  All are welcome to this class facilitated by Nancy Destefano (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Spiritual Director, and Life Coach) and Al Blackwell (Adult Learning Consultant).

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