Education Classes

Do You Feel Like A Martian?

In his book entitled Holy Communion for Amateurs, biblical scholar Tom Wright wrote about Martians! He believes that when it comes to Communion time, many Christians feel like a Martian at an Earthling’s birthday party. Here is how Wright imagined the scene: “But the Martian, who feels he knows you best since you met him at the door, keeps asking you in a low voice what’s going on. Why are all these people here? Why do they pull those things that make a bang? Why are they wearing funny hats? Why does the little girl in the middle of it all keep opening parcels? And why, oh why is someone trying to set fire to that cake?”

Do you sometimes feel like a Martian during Communion time? Whether you are new to Christianity, new to the Disciples tradition, or just want to learn more about communion, we have a class for you! The class schedule is as follows:

Week 3 – May 7th : The Eucharist in the Early and Medieval Church.

A course inspired by Tom Wright’s Holy Communion for Amateurs (1999). ALL levels of interest and background are invited to attend. The focus next week will be the Eucharist in the Early and Medieval Church. Specifically, we will explore: The Didache (Syria, 70 AD), St. Ignatius of Antioch (Antioch, 107 AD), St. Justin Martyr (Rome, 155 AD), St. Hippolytus (Rome, 215 AD), and St. Thomas Aquinas (Paris, 1274 AD). These readings will be provided in class. If you can’t make it to class and wish to follow along with the series, read the free full-text online versions listed below. After reading these texts reflect on the following questions: “How did the early church understand the Eucharist?” “For me, how is Jesus present in the Eucharist?

St. Ignatius of Antioch (Ep. to Smyrna, 6-8): http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0109.htm
St. Justin Martyr (1 Apology, 65-67): http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0126.htm
St. Hippolytus of Rome (Apostolic Tradition, 4): http://www.bombaxo.com/hippolytus.html
St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa P3, Q75, A1): http://www.newadvent.org/summa/4075.htm

May 14th: Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) Perspectives on Communion. [Warner]

May 21st: What We Can All Agree On-Modern Perspectives of Communion. [Dykeman]

Each class is self-contained so join us for one or all. The classes will be facilitated by Cass Dykeman, PhD and Sharon Warner, PhD. Cass is a professor of Counseling at OSU and did his graduate work in theology at Claremont and Louvain. Sharon is Professor Emeritus at Lexington Theological Seminary.

King David: Hero or Usurper?

This class will look into the Biblical record of one of the great people in the Old Testament: King David. He, along with Joseph, Moses and Elijah provide the orevall early context for the foundation of the Jewish Faith. Also, since the messiah was to come from the House of David, he has a strong influence on the background of the Christian faith. Wewill explore the world of the Middle East at the time of David (about 1000 BC), consider the way that David has been viewwed in the light of the scriptures, ponder what the most recent scholarship says about David, and see if we can put all of this together to find a message for our lives from this ancient ancestor of ours.

Chi Gong

Chi Gong is a contemplative practice that when used in our spiritual practice assists us to calm our hearts and minds and put our focus on God. The process leads us to the state of “Be Still and Know God.”