Grace First Presbyterian Church Adult Education Classes

Sundays at 10:15am in Room #405 (Next to the parking lot.) 

Adult Education classes are designed to help us understand our faith, our denomination, and the role we as Christians play in making this world more pleasing to our God.

Carol Conley, Session Liaison

Paul Schmidt, Moderator

Sandy Finstuen, Team Member

Rebekah West, Team Member

Spring 2017 Schedule (Subject to Revision):

March 5 – Lunch-N-Learn  – Igu to talk about their school in Nigeria

Come and learn about one of the newer missions of Grace First in the Fireside Room! Udy, Aka, Obi and their families, who are members of Grace First, are from Nigeria, in a city called Igbere, which is a town in the Abia State of Nigeria.  The town has only one secondary school and the buildings are in deplorable condition.  Last year, Grace First’s mission team decided to support to improve the condition of this school for the children of Igbere. Come and learn from our friends about their heart and passion!

March 12 & 19 – Comparative Religion 

Presenter: Dr. Justin Smith

Religion and religious belief continues to be one of the most important (and most misunderstood) aspects of our lives.  The purpose of this series is to return to the topic of religions of the world.  Here we will cover some aspects of Islam that we were not covered in our first discussion.  We will also return to discuss Hinduism as a religious tradition and as a precursor to Buddhism.  Come join us as we continue to explore the religious traditions of the world and as we seek to create space to have productive dialog with others outside our own traditions.

Justin M. Smith is Assistant Professor in the Religion and Philosophy department at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Smith earned his PhD at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is an alumnus of Occidental College. 

March 26/April 2 & 9   –  Discipleship Across the Gospels

Presenter:  Dr. Jeff Siker

One question that we repeatedly ask as Christians is ‘what does it mean for us to be faithful disciples of Jesus’?  It might be surprising to know that the different Gospels have slightly different answers to this very basic and important question.  In this 3-week series we will explore the portrayal of the disciples and the motif of discipleship in each of the four Gospels.  We will also ask what it might mean for us to adopt these patterns of discipleship in our time and place.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Siker is Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Department of Theological Studies Loyola Marymount University

April 23 – Understanding Islam: Separating Face from Fiction

Presenter:  Edina Lekovic

For 15 years, Edina Lekovic has served as a leading voice on the American Muslim community.  She is a communications strategist, who is best known for her service with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), where she oversaw government, media and Hollywood engagement as well as leadership development programs.  In 2015, she was named one of LA’s 10 most inspiring game changers by Los Angeles magazine. 

May 21 – Peace & Justice: Helping Youth Heal Through Restorative Justice

Presenter:  Pedro Jimenez & Jamaica Carter

Hear from the California Conference for Equality and Justice as they share how restorative justice practices are helping young people in Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, and Long Beach face conflict from complex social challenges like racism, gangs, gender norms, and other issues. CCEJ staff will provide an overview of restorative justice and guide participants through a community building circle.

Jamaica is the Building Bridges Program Coordinator at CCEJ, where she leads Building Bridges Camp for over 500 youth each school year. She is an alumni of Building Bridges Camp, and is completing a MA in Education at CSU Long Beach.

Pedro is the Building Bridges Site Coordinator where he supports social justice education efforts at Artesia HS and Fedde MS. Pedro is also an alumni of Building Bridges Camp, and is a student at Long Beach City College.

Want to know more? Contact us!

Phone: (562) 420-3393 ext. 13