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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.

On Sunday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m., we offer Christian Formation classes for all ages. 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.

Current Classes

Lent (5 weeks: March 5 – April 2)

with Mother Erin Jean Warde

This class, sponsored by Transfiguration’s Endowment Fund, will spend each week having intentional conversations about facing mortality.  This class will also wrestle with talking about how to make hard decisions both for our own lives and within our families.  This class will have a variety of presenters, with topics ranging from talking about death, to elder care, to how to prepare legal documents that can ensure you are given appropriate care, long term planning, and even prayerfully making decisions about your own funeral liturgy.  Join us as we look at these practical and spiritual steps in preparing for death, recognizing the presence of God in each decision.  Those interested are encouraged to look at the Decisions Not Just Between God and Me Resource Booklet found on the Endowment Fund page.

with Ron Damholt and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship

This class, sponsored by the North Dallas Chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, will focus on several major passages and themes in Paul’s letter to the Romans in an attempt to better understand the letter’s main theme: the justice of God initiated and promised through Messiah Jesus, made possible by the work of the Holy Spirit, and embodied in local communities.

with Evan Williams (PARENTING TRACK)

Physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service—how can we communicate with the children in our lives through the language they are most comfortable with, in a way that reflects our Christian values and Baptismal covenant?  Join teacher and facilitator Evan Williams in a discussion about the many ways we communicate with children, and the ways that children communicate with us, through the lens of how these languages affect our faith.

with the Rev. Paul Bradshaw

The Prayer Book provides a rich sequence of services from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. We will examine the contents and spiritual meaning of each of these; we will trace their historical roots, especially in the pilgrimage liturgies of fourth-century Jerusalem; and we will answer questions like “Why don’t we celebrate the full Eucharist on Good Friday?” and “Why does the date of Easter change each year?”

Recent Classes

Epiphanytide (7 weeks: January 8 – February 19)

with Father Michael Merriman

What is God like? Toxic images abound. God the punishing judge, the deadbeat dad, the genie in the bottle—false gods that need to be challenged. But what if God truly is completely Christlike? What if His love is more generous, his Cross more powerful, and his gospel more beautiful than we’ve dared to imagine? What if our clearest image of God is the self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering Love revealed on the Cross? What if we had a more Christlike God? Join Michael Merriman as we study A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel by Bradley Jersak with discussion on the content during the class as a way to prepare for reflection during Lent on the meaning of Christ. 

shobe-casey_webwith Fr. Casey Shobe – PARENTING TRACK

Join Father Casey in a discussion-based class about gender, sexual identity, and how we can become more comfortable and confident in the ways we talk about these issues within our families. Classes will feature conversation about what the Bible says (and doesn’t say), how to begin speaking with young kids about these ideas, how to speak with adolescents who are wrestling with questions about their own identity, and how to talk to our neighbors who may disagree with our tradition of radical inclusion. All are welcome as we explore these important questions and ideas.

roy-hellerwith 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 are continuing our exploration of Exodus, and will also begin to look at Leviticus.

Teachings on Advent 2016 (4 weeks: November 27 – December 18)

warde-erin-jean_webwith Mother Erin Jean Warde 

The figure of Mary in the gospels, as well as how her life has been interpreted over time, is extremely complex. She is a figure of obedience, strength, parenting, grief, and much more. In Advent, we walk with Mary throughout her pregnancy, and we wonder with Mary about what will await her when Christ enters the world, born from her womb. Join Mother Erin Jean Warde for an exploration of the many different beliefs about Mary, and how Mary’s life can inspire us in our own faithful journey.

shobe-casey_webwith Fr. Casey Shobe – PARENTING TRACK

Several years ago, a group of pastors launched a movement to reclaim the holiness and significance of Christmas. Today, Advent Conspiracy focuses on resisting the culture of consumption that dominates our society beginning around Halloween, and inspiring practices that draw us closer to the one whose birth we celebrate. In this four-week series, Fr. Casey will lead a conversation about how families with children can spend less, give more, worship fully, and love deeply.

roy-hellerwith 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 we are exploring the stories of Exodus.

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