Sunday Morning Faith Formation 

Sunday morning classes meet weekly, September through May, from 9:45am to 10:45am, unless otherwise noted. If you would like more information about any of these groups, contact Chrissy Williamson at cwilliamson@mpbconline.org or 704.334.7232 x 123. 

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SUNDAY MORNING YOGA
Cornwell Center Group Exercise Room
Adults of All Ages
Instructor:  Katie Kucich
Contact: Chrissy Williamson, cwilliamson@mpbconline.org

Sunday Morning Yoga is an opportunity for adults of all ages and stages to connect with body, mind and spirit in this community of faith. Each class offers a brief time to share joys and concerns, a reading of the scripture used in worship that day and 45 minutes of yoga. No registration is required and everyone is invited to attend worship in your yoga clothes – if that’s what is most comfortable for you. 

THE BRIDGE
Room 253
Ages 20 – 40ish 
Leader:  Dick Blackwell, rblackwellphd@gmail.com

The Bridge class is a Sunday morning class for adults between the ages of 20 and 40 (+ or -) who explore and learn about the journeys of our members as persons of faith. And, within the greater context of the Church as a whole, participants view themselves as those to whom will fall many of the responsibilities of transition from who we were to who we will become. Topics range from stories of the Bible learned (or not) in youth and how those stories inform and live in adulthood to conversations about relationships, stress and balance in our busy, over-committed lives. In all and throughout all, this class seeks to find our voices, our values and our beliefs. We seek to support each other on our shared journey as the gathered, scattered body of the Christ, and as the children of an all-loving God.

FAITH ENCOUNTERS
Room 261
Ages 55+
Leader:  Dixie Pinson, 
DixieP@carolina.rr.com 

Faith Encounters encourages questions and embraces diversity as the class explores new thoughts and ideas together. Class members embrace that they are all on a spiritual journey and the class is committed to going about it together. Rather than using one specific curriculum, members proudly say, “We are our curriculum.” Weekly conversation topics are selected and led by class members. They include book studies, DVD studies, and the occasional guest speaker. This fall, class discussions will be based on a DVD study of the Hebrew Bible, led by Dr. Amy Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School.

LIFE CLASS
Coffee House in the basement of the education building
Multi-generational, tends to be adults 55+

Leaders: Elise Williams, ewelisewil@gmail.com and Ed Hinson, edhinson@jmdlaw.com 

The Life Class is a multigenerational class that works to create an atmosphere of free discussion and sharing while studying a wide range of topics, which are selected by the planning team for the class.  Ideas for study include Biblical texts and themes, the teachings of important theologians, religious themes found in literature and plays, discussions of local, national, and international issues and Christian responses and actions.  We believe we are on a faith journey and that we can learn from one another, as well as from outside leaders.  Social events and discussion topics are planned throughout the year by the planning team (John and Melanie Aves, Eleanor Brawley, Kathie Collins, Sidney Lockaby, Dannye Powell, Marji Tate, Ed Williams, Elise Williams).  

Click here for the LIFE Class Fall/Winter Schedule 2016

CENTERQUEST
Room 256
Welcome to adults of all ages
Leader: Nancy Berry
, berryn41@hotmail.com 
Centerquest is a group of adults with mixed family status, ages and interests who discuss a variety of subjects.  Class leadership is shared among members.  The class occasionally gathers for social activities during the year and encourages involvement in outreach activities.  Recent classes have covered material from Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan and Serene Jones.  Centerquest also, at times, has experiential learning, exploring nature and creativity.  Where it fits, this class uses the Centerquest model, based on the work of Carl Jung.  All are welcome to join or visit at any time. 

FIFTH DIMENSION
Room 250/252
Welcome to adults of all ages, tends to be ages 60+
Leader: MaryAnn Largen, Mal145@msn.com

A long-standing, traditional Sunday school class where we share pastoral concerns, sing hymns, and explore Bible lessons. Our teachers include the ministerial staff at this church and other church members who love to teach.  We gather on Sundays for fellowship and refreshments at 9:30am and class begins at 9:45 am.

SEEKERS 
Room 257
Welcome to adults of all ages, tends to be ages 40-70
Contact:  Lynn Trenning, trelmt@bellsouth.net 
The Seekers are a group of individuals from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds that gathers to discuss theology, social justice and related topics, with minds open to the teachings and wisdom of faith traditions both new and old, and from far and near. The group explores source materials in sacred writings, literature, social commentary and other contemporary media in an effort to discover new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about our shared spiritual journey.  

EXPLORERS
Room 255 
Adults of all ages
Leader:  Jenny Martella, jennymartella@yahoo.com 

The Explorers class was originally formed more than 10 years ago by a group of new members looking to form closer relationships with other MPBC members. We are proud of the diverse age group representation in our class and we learn from each other. The class hosts conversations led by group members who have committed to leading one month at a time. Recent topics have included a discussion of author Richard Rohr, meditation and the intersection of faith and daily life. Another popular source for conversations is the Wired Word, a weekly iteration of current events and how they relate to faith. We host a potluck dinner at member homes up to twice a year.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES
Room 260 (Multi-generational) 
Leader:  Jim Hanley, j.hanley@me.com 
A psychological approach to spirituality, based on the principles of “ACIM” as they relate to all-inclusive forgiveness. Focus on coping with life’s challenges and paths to inner peace. (Introductory ACIM classes are available every Sunday, 9:00- 9:45 am or by appointment.) 
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