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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.

Upcoming Classes

Eastertide (4 weeks: April 23 – May 14)

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

with Mother Erin Jean Warde (PARENTING TRACK) 

Pixar movies have been entertaining people of all ages beginning with Toy Story in 1995.  Join Mother Erin Jean Warde as we look at some of the themes in our favorite Pixar films—love, identity, fear, freedom, guilt, purpose, and belonging—and how these films can encourage us and make us think differently about our lives of discipleship.  This class will also explore how something as simple and fun as watching films as a family can be a part of our spiritual formation.

with Fr. Casey Shobe and Colin Hills

A pilgrimage is a trip, but it is distinct from most journeys in that the hope for the travel is spiritual awakening.  Specifically for Christians, our hope in pilgrimage is that in our journey, with each step we will move closer and closer to God.  Transfiguration has long engaged in the spiritual practice of pilgrimage through our youth group’s pilgrimage to Scotland, and in the summer of 2017 a group of pilgrims will go the Holy Land.  We also have before us the opportunity in summer of 2018 to go to South Africa.  Our final class of this series will feature Bishop George Sumner, who will speak on the theology of pilgrimage.  Join Father Casey Shobe, Colin Hills, and Bishop George Sumner for this four-week series as we explore the spiritual significance of these sacred journeys.

Recent 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?”

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.

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