Adult Learning Classes
The Adult Learning classes are one of the ways we equip the people at SVPC to love, live, know and share the Good News of the Kingdom of God. During Septemberâ€“May we meet most Sunday mornings for biblical teaching, spiritual nurture, and intellectual shepherding. Join us for rich time of reflection as we seek together how to live out the gospel of grace!
- 11:30 a.m.
June 30 - Cost of Dying (Fellowship Hall)- More than 80 percent of Californians say it is important to have end-of-life wishes in writingâ€”but only 20 percent have done so. Join award-winning San Jose Mercury News science and medicine journalist Lisa Krieger, author of the 2012 â€śCost of Dyingâ€ť series, in a discussion about the importance of advanced planning, how to make informed choices about medical care, how to choose your health care agent, and more. This discussion is for those who will be needing as well as those who will be providing end-of-life care. Preparation is not depressingâ€”think of it as a gift to your loved ones that will reduce their stress and uncertainty. And it creates room for a more spiritual, peaceful end.
Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of an advance health care directive as Lisa explains and discusses each section of the document. Reprints of the Mercury News series also will be available, or can be obtained online at the San Jose Mercury News.
May 5 - Nones Beyond the Numbers - Dr. Elizabeth Drescher, religious studies professor at Santa Clara University, will speak about so-called "Nones"â€”believers and seekers who answer "none" when asked with what religion they identify. Many people assume that Nones are atheists or other types of unbelievers. But, in fact, the majority hold beliefs and engage in spiritual practices that aren't entirely inconsistent with those of the religious institutions they often reject. Still, they're hardly traditional in their approach to meaning-making and self-realization.
April 28 - Differences between Presbyterians and Catholics - Santa Clara University Chaplain Aimee Moiso will be teaching about the differences between Catholics and Presbyterians. Presbyterians are predestined and Roman Catholics have the Pope. But are those the real differences between Presbyterians and Catholics? Are we still divided by the same things that separated us 500 years ago?
April 14 and April 21 - Preventing Gun Violence - The growing number of tragic mass murders in public places in the United States has provoked a much-needed national dialogue on gun violence. In this class we will attempt to separate fact from fiction.