Sunday Morning Adult Education

Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life
Sundays, August 6 – 27
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

What is the difference between Celtic Christianity and Western Christianity? How can the wisdom of the ancient Celts offer us insights into a very different way of living our Christianity? Join Pastor Megan as she leads us through some key ideas from Celtic Christianity using the writings of John Phillip Newell, Kenneth McIntosh, John O’Donohue and others.

Bagels and the Bible
Sunday, September 3
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

On this holiday weekend, join Pastor Megan for a roundtable discussion over a breakfast of bagels, coffee and juice. Bring your questions for this open discussion and time of fellowship.

Mental Health Issues and Faith
Sundays, September 17 – October 8
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

As Gables UCC prepares to become a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health) Congregation, we are going to take a few weeks to look at mental illness, the causes, the challenges, its effect on faith, and what it might mean for the church to open its doors even wider with an extravagant welcome to those living with mental illness and to those who love and care for them.
Using the book, Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church by the Rev. Sarah Lund, who writes about her father’s battle with bipolar disorder, and the helpless sense of deja vu as her brother and cousin endure mental illness, we will look at the various aspects of mental illness especially in light of our faith and the church.

Sunday, September 17 – Matt Bewley, a member of the church and psychiatry resident at Jackson Hospital in the University of Miami Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will speak about “Mental Health Basics.” He will familiarize us with the core ideas and the language of mental health so we can feel more competent to welcome, include, support and engage people with mental health issues at our church.  He will also clarify important misinformation about mental health and how we can pick up on signs of someone being symptomatic and how to handle that at church.
 
Sunday, September 24 – Seminary student and a former caretaker of someone living with mental illness, Lisa Le Sueur will lead a conversation on the book, Blessed are the Crazy. The book is available for purchase each Sunday after worship in late August and September or by contacting

Sunday, October 1 – Pastor Laurie will speak on Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness in the Church. Together we will look at developing a mental health ministry in our church and the covenant, which the WISE Team has written.

Sunday, October 8 – We are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, author of Blessed are the Crazy to our Adult Study session and pulpit that morning. Sarah is presently Vice President of Seminary Advancement at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2011, she earned a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago after earning a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.

Lunch and the Bible
Tuesday, September 19 in Havighorst Lounge

Join Pastor Megan for lunch, fellowship and a discussion on one of her favorite Bible passages. Sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages will be served. Free will donations accepted. Please RSVP to Pastor Megan by Wednesday, September 13 at 305. 448-7421 ext. 119 or by email at MeganS@gablesucc.org.