Adult Formation

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    BARBARA MCGOWAN
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    BARBARA MCGOWAN
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    BARBARA MCGOWAN

Come celebrate new life and new growth opportunities ... join us for a class, workshop or discussion group.
Questions? Contact:
Amy Molina-Moore.

BIBLE, COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Sundays, 9:30 am in Rm 238
Looking to delve more deeply into the Bible? In addition to our popular Sunday Forum speaker series, we invite you to come for "Bible, Coffee & Conversation." Stop by and give it a try! Contact: David Griswold (dgriswold@columba.org)

WISDOM CIRCLE
Second Wednesdays of the month, 9:30-11 am in Rm 212
"Every one gets to be old, not everyone gets to be an Elder."  Join others in exploring the spiritual terrain of Elderhood using Scripture and conversation as your guide. Join us!

Fall Formation

Way of Love: LEARN

Human Rights in Christian Perspective

Wednesdays Oct. 2 – Nov. 6, 7-8 pm in Rm 212
Join us Wednesdays this fall as we explore the development of international human rights from a variety of perspectives ranging from spiritual, historical to legal. Together we’ll ask how Christians in particular can bridge the worlds of biblical justice with modern human rights. Facilitator Allyson McKinney Timm is a theologically trained human rights attorney who served as the Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights Law at Yale Law School, and was named one of the “ten faith leaders to watch” in 2018 by the Center for American Progress.
Questions? Contact: Adultformationleader@columba.org.  

“The Idea of Human Rights: Christian Theological Foundations”
Wednesday, October 2

This session offers a foundational working definition of human rights and the core characteristics of human rights. We’ll consider Christian beliefs (from imago Dei to God’s love for humankind to Christ’s incarnation) that speak to the concept of human dignity and worth, which grounds the modern understanding of human rights.

“Human Rights Under International Law: The Universal Declaration”
Wednesday, October 9

Learn about human rights in international law and specifically about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Hear about early Christian supporters, including American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, whose life of faith informed her leadership of the committee that crafted this historic declaration.

“The International Bill of Rights: United States & Ecumenical Engagement”
Wednesday, October 16

Introduction to the International Bill of Rights, including key human rights treaty agreements on civil and political, as well as economic and social rights. It explores the extent of U.S. engagement with international human rights law, as well as diverse Christian support for human rights.

“Free and Equal: Ensuring Human Rights for All People”
Wednesday, October 23

Using racial disparity in the U.S. criminal justice system as a focal point, it considers the historical and ongoing struggle to uphold the principles of equality and nondiscrimination, which are central to international human rights law and owe a considerable debt to Christian influence.

“Care for the Poor: Economic & Social Rights”
Wednesday, October 30

Using homelessness and the right to housing as a case study, this session examines economic and social rights in greater depth, exploring how these rights can be advanced in the context of the United States’ political and economic systems. This session outlines historical and contemporary Christian support for economic rights, and examines recent UN reports on poverty and homelessness in the United States.

“Light to the Nations: Rights of Migrants, Refugees & Asylum Seekers”
Wednesday, November 6

This session considers global mass migration and examines recent changes in U.S. policy on responding to migrants at our Southern border. Reflecting on biblical and theological perspectives, the human rights of migrants under international law, and global Christian responses to “people on the move,” this session invites conversation about faithful understandings and responses to contemporary dilemmas and debates.


Way of Love: BLESS

Passages Group

Wednesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 6
Parenting Up and Down - A Support Group 
Parenting Up and Down - A Support Group  The "Sandwich Experience" is not one we speak about a whole lot. Raising our children, no matter their stage and caring for our aging parents requires great care, patience, juggling, balance, attention and compassion for self. This is not an easy balance to achieve given work, stress and pace of our lives. Come listen and share stories about what comes up for us emotionally and spiritually as we parent up and down. We will offer resources and some tools for practice to help us find equilibrium while supporting each other along this journey. Questions? Contact: Passages@columba.org


Way of Love: TURN

Inquirer’s Class

Three Wednesday evenings, Oct. 2, 9 & 16, in Rm. 212
Join Rector Ledlie Laughlin for this three-session class for newcomers and anyone interested in learning more about:

  • What distinguishes the Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions
  • What is distinct about St. Columba’s, our mission to live God’s love, and our commitment to support you in taking your next steps in faith.