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Contemporary Ethics and Apologetics
Sunday mornings 10:00 - 11:00 am
September 16 - November 18, 2018
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt
Meets in Room 201

Apologetics is the study of defending the faith. The ethical issues of our day such as human sexuality and marriage, relationship of church and government, racial identity and prejudice, immigration and economics present tough challenges and questions. The skepticism of modern secularism and materialistic scientific thinking have eroded confidence in Christian beliefs and practices. How can a faithful Christian stand firm in a modern world so turbulent for faith?

Course participants will have assigned reading from no more than two books and then offer recommended reading lists or online link recommendations for further study.


Christian Formation and Spiritual Practice
Sunday mornings 10:00 am - 11:00 am in Room 208
September 16 - November 18
Faculty: The Rev. Louise Samuelson
Meets in Room 208

The Lord's will for our lives is described as "good, pleasing, and perfect". However, discernment of that will only come through a transformational relationship to Jesus Christ. The maturing disciple will be internally changed through their own personal spiritual practices of repentance, fellowship, study, prayer, and worship. Come learn about the character and the actions of Jesus that lead to authentic Christian living. Drop-ins are welcome.


Old Covenant and Ancient Israel
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Room 203
September 12, November 7, 2018
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt
Dinner available from Corner Bakery at 6:00 pm by preorder
Order each week here by 9:00 am Tuesday

The center of any Christian worldview is Bible. This class will help a maturing follower of Jesus know the story, theology and practice of ancient Israel by studying the dynamic content and function of the Old Covenant Scriptures. All are welcome. This class will have an interactive discussion component.

The Core is a course of study to help the Christian develop a strong foundation for life long Christian learning. The primary learning objective of The Core is to provide a breath of Christian knowledge, understanding, and wisdom through a study series of 6 key areas Christian thought and application.

  • Old Covenant and Ancient Israel
  • New Covenant and the Early Christian Church
  • Christian History and Theology
  • Christian Formation and Spiritual Practice
  • Contemporary Christian Ethics and Apologetics
  • Christian Vocation and Servant Leadership

These (6) Eight Week courses will be deeper than a simple introductory level. We'll dig deep and then provide resources for those who'd like to explore more on their own. Classes will have a learning community element enabling groups to process together and learn from each other.

Course participants will have assigned reading from no more than two books and be offered recommended reading lists or online link recommendations for further study.

Long-term: Courses will be filmed and recorded for online viewing/listening. Future iterations in 2019 will be produced specifically for smaller class sizes, online e-learning. In addition, we will host guest lecturers and pilgrimage opportunities over the 18 months to further enrich the learning experience. The goal will be to create a faculty of lay and ordained teachers so that the courses can be a continual offering to St. John the Divine members and beyond and maintain a smaller class size for maximum interaction and engagement.

For more information, please contact the Rev. Charlie Holt, cholt@sjd.org.