Sunday Morning Studies

Following the 10:30 AM worship service, adults gather for classes and discussions on various topics.  Most of the time there is no need to sign up in advance.  Just show up!  Studies are usually led by the Rev. Dr. Don Ashburn and are part of a series lasting from 2-6 weeks.  They meet in the Kettlewell Room (located beneath the Guild Hall), or in the Christian Education Building Chapel. Recent topics have included; studies of the Books of Job, Romans and Revelation, “The Gospel According to U2,” Brian McLaren’s book “The Secret Message of Jesus,” Reza Aslan’s book “Zealot,” the best-selling novel, “The Shack,” “The Practice of Forgiveness,” and “Seeing Ourselves in Those Who Saw Jesus.”

Next Class starts October 7: “Putting our Creed in Context.” Written in 1910, the Creed of Piedmont Community Church expresses a common understanding of what drew people to do something almost unheard of at that time: to establish a “nondenominational” church. Even so, in using the word, they turned to a very old term, deriving from the Latin word credo, meaning “I believe.”  This places our own Creed within a long line of Christian statements of faith – ranging from ones we may all know, like the Apostle’s Creed; to ones we may not, like the Westminster Confession. In this series of classes, led by Dr. Don Ashburn, we will look at the meaning of Christian creeds, and place Piedmont Church’s own Creed within that tradition, as well as within its own historical context. No preparation needed. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare is available. Classes will meet in the Kettlewell Room from 9 – 9:45 am on the following Sundays: October 7, 14, 21 and 28.

For more information, or to suggest a topic for study, please contact Dr. Ashburn at: 510-547-5700, ext. 105 or don@piedmontchurch.org.

The Piedmont Forum

The Forum is a 90-minute presentation and discussion on issues addressing the “Intersection of Faith and Culture.”  They are usually scheduled for a Sunday evening, but the times vary.  Ask questions, offer feedback, bring a neighbor, and meet a friend! Refreshments are provided and childcare can be arranged in advance. The Forum meets in the Chapel in the Christian Education Building.  Past Forums have addressed such topics as: “Faith and Politics,” “Faith in the Workplace,” “Faith and Care of Creation,” “Is The Da Vinci Code True?,” “What a Muslim Wishes Christians Knew About Islam,” “What a Rabbi Wishes Christians Knew About Judaism,” “What a Priest Wishes Protestants Knew About Eastern Orthodoxy,” “Where is God When People Suffer?” and documentary films, such as “The Waiting Room” (about Oakland’s Highland Hospital) and the Academy Award-nominated “Facing Fear” (about reconciliation in the aftermath of violence).

For more information about the Forum, or to suggest a topic for discussion, please contact Dr. Ashburn at:  don@piedmontchurch.org, or 510-547-5700, ext. 105.