Winter 2003
Volume 7 Number 2
 

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New Courses for Laity Offered at Center of Continuing Education

Although it has historically served clergy, Christian educators, and other church leaders, the Seminary’s Center of Continuing Education has decided to branch out and offer adult noncredit education courses to people with no formal theological education.

David Wall, program coordinator for the center, says the new courses for laity are a result of many requests for classes “from people not employed by the church but who are interested in learning more about their faith.”

The first course, “Understanding the New Testament,” was held in October on four consecutive Thursdays and led by C. Clifton Black, the Seminary’s Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology. It was designed for adults interested in serious study of the Bible, and offered a basic introduction to the New Testament: its history, literature, and theological points of view.

A mix of participants of different ages, denominations, religious traditions, professional talents, and ethnic and national backgrounds made the series lively for Black. He says while his position as instructor was primarily to convey information, he also felt that it was “to nurture a friendly environment in which we all could raise questions, ponder Scripture, and worship God through our study.”

Two courses will be offered in spring 2003: “‘I Am Who I Will Be’: Images of God in the Old Testament” taught by Michael Davis, a member of the Seminary’s staff who writes in the field of Old Testament, and “Understanding Your Community of Faith” taught by Peter Bridge of Samaritan Counseling Center in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

The laity series is cosponsored with the Lay Academy of the Presbytery of New Brunswick. For more information about upcoming courses, contact the Center of Continuing Education at 609-497-7990.


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