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 run time will be 1.5 hours.

Courses will be offered on Wednesday night 6:30-8:00 PM. The first course, Old Covenant and Ancient Israel, will begin April 4, 2017.

Note: The Rev. Charlie Holt will offer the Core Beta version beginning on Sunday mornings starting January 7, 2018. This will be a testing ground for the content of the Core.

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.

2018 Schedule
Q1   No Class in 2018
Q2 April 4 - May 23 Old Covenant and Ancient Israel
The Rev. Charlie Holt
Q3 August 29 - October 17 New Covenant and the Early Christian Church
Q4 October 24 - December 19 Christian History and Theology
 
2019 Schedule
Q1 January 9 - February 27 Old Covenant and Ancient Israel
Christian Formation and Spiritual Practice
Q2 April 24 - June 12 New Covenant and the Early Christian Church
Contemporary Christian Ethics and Apologetics
Q3 August 28 - October 16 Christian History and Theology
Christian Vocation and Servant Leadership
Q4 October 29 - December 18 Old Covenant and Ancient Israel
Christian Formation and Spiritual Practice