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.

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:

  • Handling the Work-Life Balance: In this increasingly stressful world we are constantly asked to do more with less, leading to more stress and less relief. It’s no wonder that so many of us have gotten out of balance. However, there’s a way to tip the scale back. There is a balance that can be struck, and Dr. David Gray has much to say about that. Dr. Gray is the Director of the Workforce and Family program at the New America Foundation and has done extensive research and writing on the subject.
  • The Gospel of Matthew with Dr. Katy Valentine: St. Matthew’s gospel is one of the most popular books in the world, but what was Matthew trying to say, and how does it differ from the other Gospel writers? Bible scholar Katy Valentine gives us a dynamic overview.

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.

Faith Matters

Covering 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 am in the theater of St. Peter’s School. No registration is necessary.

On Being®

An informal opportunity for coffee and conversation based on the NPR series of the same name, this group discusses in detail what they heard on the program as well as how it affected them, what relevance it has for their life, their faith. Always thought provoking, On Being can be heard on WHYY 91 FM on Sunday mornings at 7am and is available as a pod cast on the preceding Thursday at www.onbeing.org Sundays year round at 10am.

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.