Adult Classes

Watch the video below to hear about current and upcoming opportunities.

Autumn leaves with BibleHere at Foundry Church, we strive to be a people who ‘love God, love each other, and change the world’ through all that we do. This includes calling, equipping, and sending spiritual leaders for the church and world. Said a different way, we want to help form and equip faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? By discipleship we mean: the ongoing process initiated and guided by the Holy Spirit, in which we are living in God’s love for us and the world. Discipleship is lived out in the covenant relationships that help cultivate in us the things Jesus embodied—love of God, love of one another, and transformational witness and service in the world.

Discipleship begins in the covenant of baptism, our promise to live and grow as a follower of Jesus, and continues as we engage our faith critically and creatively. No matter where you are on your journey, we have opportunities for you to do that here at Foundry.

Here you’ll find ways to:

  • Wade out into the waters of your baptism, and find easy-to-engage opportunities for learning, growing, and building relationships.
  • Dive into vows of baptism, opportunities to be more engaged, and commit to longer-term ways of growing and living as a disciple.
  • Go deep as a disciple of Jesus Christ, engaging in long-term and ongoing ways to stay committed and critically engaged as disciples of all ages and stages.
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Sunday Classes

Practicing Spirituality
10:10 a.m.
The Practicing Spirituality adult class meets to study, discuss and pray. Subject matter varies but lessons are always tied closely to scripture. To better understand the Methodist perspective, John Wesley's commentaries are often read and discussed. Jeanette Barker and Stephen Roberts facilitate the class, but all attendees are welcome to lead class discussion from time to time. This class also assumes leadership of Foundry’s annual Lenten Devotional, which is published before Ash Wednesday.  In December and January Joanne Steller leads class members and other Foundry folk who wish to contribute by writing short individual essays and/or producing other creative expressions on the year’s Lenten theme.
Facilitators: Stephen Roberts and Jeanette Barker
Contact: practicingspirituality@foundryumc.org

Study of Galatians, Ephesians, and Colossians
September 16 – November 4
10:10 a.m.
Galatians book coverJourney into these New Testament letters and meet God who enters individual lives and works creatively from the inside out. Immersion Bible Studies, inspired by a fresh translation, the Common English Bible, helps you explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of your  faith. This seven-week session has required reading (purchases may be made at the welcome desk). Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Contact: discipleship@foundryumc.org

Post-Cana: Marriage and Faith
September 16 - October 14
10:10 a.m.
Pre-canaFacilitated by members of our spring Post-Cana class, this group-led discussion series is open to couples wishing to explore the intersection of faith and married life. Come for one session or all:
September 16: Exploring the Stages of Married Life
September 23: Finances: Developing a Shared Financial Plan and Why It Matters September 30: Conflict: Fighting Fairly and with Equity
October 7: Letting Go of Grudges
October 14: Enhancing Sexual Intimacy
Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Discipleship Ministries Team at discipleship@foundryumc.org.

The Wisdom of Women Mystics
September 30 - November 4
10:10 a.m.
MysticsContinuing a series on the classics of the Christian tradition led by Dr. Anthony Gaines-Cirelli, this class will focus on women mystics.  Over six weeks, we will read selections from Bernard McGinn’s The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism.  Readings from the work of several popular mystics, including Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), and Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), include their experiential accounts of God.  Topics will include union with God, encountering Christ, rapture/ecstasy, presence and absence (dereliction) of God, Professor McGinn, a widely-recognized expert on the mystical tradition of the Church, provides fine and original translations as well as exposure to the writings of many other Christian mystics.  Registration encouraged but not required.  Books are available for purchase at the welcome desk ($15).

Pastor’s Coffee
October 14, 2018
10:10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Are you interested in learning more about Foundry Church? Are you curious about connecting your life to Foundry by becoming a member? The Pastor’s Coffee provides a welcoming space in which to learn more about Methodism, life at Foundry, and how you can get involved. It  serves as the precursor to A Disciple’s Path, our course for new members and those interested in learning more about the theology and practices that undergird our relationship with The United Methodist Church. All are welcome at this drop-in friendly event!

A Disciple’s Path
October 21 - November 18
10:10 a.m.
Disciples PathThis class helps participants explore the vows of membership in The United Methodist Church and the spiritual disciplines undergirding them. Weekly workbook reflection and companion readings enrich class discussion. Workbooks and companion readers can be purchased online or picked up at the Pastor's Coffee or at Foundry's welcome desk. The Pastor’s Coffee (see above) is strongly recommended for those planning to take A Disciple’s Pah.
For more information, email Pastor Malcolm Frazier at mfrazier@foundryumc.org.

Spirituality and Social Justice: The Legacy of Howard Thurman
November 11 18, December 2
10:10 a.m.
Thurman bookUsing texts by Thurman, including his groundbreaking 1949 book Jesus and the Disinherited (which Martin Luther King Jr. is said to have carried during the Montgomery bus boycott), as well as Thurman’s Essential Writings and collections of his meditations and poetry, this three-session class will explore his important legacy for today. We will focus on Thurman’s central concerns: building inclusive, diverse community, tying personal spirituality and spiritual practice to social justice, and developing a deeper relationship with God and others through regular spiritual disciplines and the practice of attentive silence. “How good it is,” Thurman often said, “to center down!” Texts for this class are available for purchase at the welcome desk: Jesus and the Disinherited ($13), Meditations of the Heart ($16), and Howard Thurman: Essential Writings ($15).

Special Music Look-Ins
10:10 a.m.
ViolinJoin Foundry’s celebrated Director of Music Ministries, Stanley Thurston, to explore the stories behind some of the special music used in worship. Dates include:
November 4: All Saints Special Music 9 a.m. Worship Celebration
November 11: All Saints Special Music 11:15 a.m. Worship Celebration)
December 2: Advent Special Music 9 a.m. Worship Celebration
December 9: Advent Special Music 11:15 a.m. Worship Celebration
For more information, contact Stanley Thurston at sthurston@foundryumc.org.

Special Sunday Programs

Surrendering My Ordination: A Reading by Dr. J. Philip Wogaman
October 14, 12:30 p.m.
Wogaman OrdinationDiscussing his book, Surrendering My Ordination:  Standing Up For Gay and Lesbian Inclusivity in The United Methodist Church (Westminster John Knox Press), Dr. J. Philip Wogaman outlines his view of the theological, ethical, and pastoral meaning of ordination. He will also discuss events surrounding his surrender of credentials in response to the church’s exclusionary policies, and his view of how the church can move beyond this position. 


The Certainty of Uncertainty: A Presentation by Rev. Mark Schaefer
November 11, 12:30 p.m.
Certainty of UncertaintyDiscussing his book, The Certainty of Uncertainty, Rev. Mark Schaefer will explore the question of certainty by looking at the reasons human beings crave certainty and the responses we fashion to help meet that need. The book takes an in-depth view of religion, language, our senses, our science, and our world to find the inescapable certainties therein. We come to see that the certainty we crave does not exist. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and childcare is provided.

Saturday Classes

Saturday Morning Book Discussion
September 22, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Tears We Cannot StopJoin us in the Foundry Library as we discuss Michael Eric Dyson’s Td. This text confronts history and white privilege with honesty and emotion. Books available at the welcome desk ($15) or for check-out in the Foundry Library.

Scholar-in-Residence:  Exploring our Practices of Interpretation
Saturday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
Join us for the third in our series with Rev. Dr. Shively Smith as we reimagine practices of biblical interpretation.  For anyone engaging in Bible study (whether short-term or long-term, in a small group or a large class, novice or experienced), this session will provide useful tools and provocative questions for your journey.  Rev. Dr. Smith, formerly assistant professor of New Testament at Wesley Seminary, was recently appointed to the faculty at Boston University School of Theology.  

Wednesday Classes

Interrupting Silence: A Bible Study
September 19 - October 24, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. 

Interrupting SilenceThis multi-week study explores the themes of justice and silence breaking in the Bible. Many Bible stories recount how marginalized people break a repressive silence to speak against injustice. Explaining how silence often allows the powerful to maintain control, Walter Brueggemann encourages readers to recognize situations in their own lives where they have the choice of interrupting silence to speak out or remaining silent and being part of the problem.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Books are available at the welcome desk ($11).
Facilitator: Will Green
Contact: wgreen@foundryumc.org

Disciple Fast-Track: Old Testament
Begins September 19 (No class Thanksgiving week), 6:30 p.m.
Disciple Fast TrackThis 12-week study immerses participants in the Old Testament. Disciple Fast-Track is for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement with the entire Bible. The class meets for a total of 24 weeks, devoting 12 weeks each to the Old Testament and the New Testament. Participants read 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for each week’s meetings which last approximately 75 minutes. A follow-up class focusing on the New Testament will be offered in the spring.  Books are available at the welcome desk ($19). Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 
Facilitator: Ed Crump
Contact: discipleship@foundryumc.org

Spirituality & Social Justice: The Legacy of Howard Thurman
September 26, October 10 and 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
ThurmanHosted in partnership with John Wesley AME Zion and Asbury United Methodist Churches, this three-session will lay out the basics of Howard Thurman’s theology and philosophy and serve as a companion to further conversation during our Sunday morning class of the same name. Using seminal texts by Thurman, including the ground-breaking 1949 book Jesus and the Disinherited (which King is said to have carried with him during the Montgomery Bus Boycott), as well as Thurman’s Essential Writings and collections of his meditations and poetry, this three-session class will explore Thurman’s important legacy for today. We will focus on Thurman’s central concerns of building inclusive, diverse community; tying personal spirituality and spiritual practice to a commitment to social justice; and developing a deeper relationship with God and others through regular spiritual disciplines and the practice of attentive silence. “How good it is,” Thurman often said, “to center down!”  Texts for optional reading are available for purchase at the Welcome Desk and include: Jesus and the Disinherited ($13), Meditations of the Heart ($16), and Howard Thurman: Essential Writings ($15).

Sacred Resistance
October 31 - December 19 (No class Thanksgiving week), 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sacred ResistanceWhat is “Sacred Resistance?” Why should people of faith care? Will it make any difference in my life or in the life of others? What does the Bible have to say? Join Pastor Ginger to explore these and other questions as we study her book Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent. The weekly format will include an overview of the week’s topic/chapter followed by guided discussion and questions and answers. Books may be 

 

 

 

 

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