Education and Spiritual Nurture

Adult Sunday School Classes:

The Bible study class begins at 9:30 am, and meets by Zoom.  Our other  Sunday School Class is a discussion class called Drawdown, this class also meets by Zoom at 9:30am on Sundays. Members also participate in Second Sunday Classes

The Drawdown class meets every Sunday (except second Sundays) at 9:30 am,
currently via Zoom. The class is a conversation that examines our relationship to
Creation through the lenses of spirituality, science, culture, history, the arts, and
current events. The Drawdown class began in October 2018 as of the next book
study for the pre-existing God Is Still Speaking class. The Drawdown book,
published by Project Drawdown, has been used as the primary text. Based on
ongoing research of some 200 scientists, it explores 100 priorities that must be
addressed to successfully reverse climate change, from the scientific to technical to
agricultural, but also to things we can directly commit to and participate in, such as
reducing food waste, improving land use practices (especially our own) educating
women, family planning, and adopting a plant-based diet. More recent textual
updates, the Drawdown Review and Regeneration, also published by Project
Drawdown, have been and will be used to guide the class discussions. Lively
conversation, new information from Project Drawdown, audio, video, and
occasional guest presenters are all a part of the class framework.
The class is open to everyone, and no prior knowledge is required. Please join us as
we share the wondrous experience of exploring where and how we live with this

(Class links for members can be located in your weekly newsletter and e-bulletin; if you are not a member, yet would like to join one of these classes to find out more, please contact the church office.)

Second Sunday, 9:15 am on the Second Sunday of the month: This is an opportunity to engage in anti-racism education. WE are currently reflecting on our practices toward healing racialized trauma with the book My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Contemplative Prayer Group: We meet each Wednesday at 6:15pm to share in a simple ritual of Centering Prayer (a form of silent prayer), Lectio Divina (praying with scripture or poetry) and conclude with a simple Celtic Body Prayer. Contact the church office for more information.

Women’s Group: The Women’s Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 11am to noon.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Judy Aanstad.

Men’s Group: Men’s Group meets the first and third Friday each month at Noon for an opportunity to build community and strengthen relationships. A link to join them is provided in the weekly email.

Single Women’s Group: meets at various times for discussion, dinner, a movie.

Several book clubs exist in our congregation

Soul of Aging: We are offering periodic six-week weekly series using the resources of the
Center for Courage & Renewal Soul of Aging program. The intent is to pay attention to how
our own inner voices offer wisdom on the journey of growing older.

Day Retreats: 
We offer several day retreats each year around a particular theme, most often deepening our awareness and connection to the earth and more than human communities of the Piedmont.


Children and Youth

Confirmation: We offer a school-year-long Confirmation experience for 6th and 7th graders to help them build community with their peers, learn about congregational life, learn about other faith traditions, engage in service learning, and discern whether they are ready to affirm their own baptism.

Special Projects: Parkway regularly offers opportunities for young people to offer service in the community and learn about issues of justice. We regularly bring in specialists in liturgical movement, meditation, music, and yoga to expand our children’s engagement with the spiritual life.