Adult Education

The Christian life is a journey of faith—a journey of learning and relearning. We find strength and food for this journey through meeting and praying with others, wrestling with questions of faith, learning more about God and each other, and serving the community.

We offer several opportunities to engage with one another and further our understanding of God. Below are a few of those options.

Faith Matters

for websiteCovering a wide range of topics from “Can Bioethics be Christian?” to Gospel Parables to the poetry of WH Auden to exploring the origins of Celtic prayer and everything in between, Faith Matters is designed to address topics of interest and issues of importance, both secular and religious, in the world today. Each year we focus on one of three aspects of theology: Creation, Incarnation and Salvation, so that in a 3-year cycle we will have examined three major areas of Christian understanding and life.

This year our focus is on Salvation- which does not just mean what happens to us in a next life but is also very much concerned with health, wholeness and justice in this life. Most adult education offerings will examine a facet of Salvation theology and will lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves in relationship to the God who created us, redeems us and makes us holy. Although we usually have speakers, ample time is also given for conversations and questions. Meets Sunday mornings from September through early June from 10-10:50 a.m. in the auditorium of St. Peter’s School. No registration is necessary.

St. Peter’s Church Online School

This online school allows us to take courses individually or as groups on a variety of topics including scripture, liturgy and many other areas of personal and spiritual growth. Courses are taught by experts and allow us to learn what we want, when we want, and at our own pace. All you need is an internet connection! Each course takes about 45 minutes and contains readings, video components and brief quizzes.

New classes include:

  • Advent for Families: One of the easiest ways to teach our children about God comes during the Christmas season, when images of Christ can frequently be found. However the busyness of the season can keep us from taking full advantage of this teaching moment. In this course, youth and family minister Heath Howe shows us some practical ways to commemorate this blessed time of year.
  • Introduction to Advent: Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation that readies Christians for the birth of the baby Jesus at Christmas and also for Christ’s second coming. In this course we will learn not just more about what advent is, but how it can change our lives.

If you’re already enrolled, click here to get to our school.

If you’re new and you’d like to see what it’s like to learn about faith online, you may first want to take a free class called How to Take an Online Class. If you would like to be enrolled to take an online course, it’s easy! Just email Claire, and she will enroll you.

On Being®

An informal opportunity for conversation based on the NPR series of the same name, this group discusses what they heard on the program. We each listen to or read the transcript of Krista Tippett interviewing someone who traffics deliberately in the big questions of life — could be a physicist, poet, priest, philosopher, or whatever. That interview is where our discussions start — but could wind up far afield while still considering the big question at hand. You can download or listen to the interview online or listen to it on WHYY 90.9 FM Sunday morning at 7 a.m. This group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 12:15 p.m. on the first floor of St. Peter’s School. Newcomers are welcome!

Philadelphia Theological Institute

St. Peter’s is a sponsoring parish of the Philadelphia Theological Institute and parishioners are eligible for the member discount at all PTI events. To discover more and for a list of upcoming programs please visit their website.