Adult Ministries

From Bible studies to current events, the Adult Ministries Program at Georgetown Presbyterian Church offers ways to explore our faith and its repercussions in our lives, our community, our nation, and our world. All are welcome on Sunday mornings at the Adult Issues series and at Sunday Morning Bible. On Sundays, Nursery Care and Children’s Sunday School available for your kids. We usually have midweek offerings or occasional studies, and special series are offered at Advent and Lent, during summer, and occasionally through the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington.

Newcomers are always welcome! Check out the Calendar for current bible studies and classes, or contact the church office for more information.

Sundays, September-May @9:45 a.m.

Adult Education is a long-running weekly lecture series focused on issues of importance to our faith and our community. Past topics have ranged from the history of Reformed Theology to current religious, social, political and economic developments here and abroad. Speakers are drawn from the rich diversity of expertise provided by Washington, and include leaders from government; neighboring universities, churches and divinity schools; think tanks and other private sector organizations; as well as our own congregation. For more information, contact Stephen Hopkins at [email protected]. Classes meet Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Washington Room and the group takes a hiatus between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Previous Classes:

May 19, 2019 – Elder Jennifer Hillman, professor at Georgetown Law Center, will discuss “Can Multilateralism Survive in an Age of America First?”

May 12, 2019 – Elder Dr. John Marshall, Director, Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer, will discuss “Finding Value and the Quest to Cure Cancer.”

May 5, 2019 – Elder Russell Porter, USAID, will discuss “Countering Violent Extremism”

Apr 28, 2019 – Elder Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today, will discuss her newly published book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.

Apr 21, 2019 – Easter (no class)

Apr 14, 2019 – Tara Libert, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, will discuss how it “uses the transformative power of books and writing to inspire [incarcerated youth] to pursue positive life paths.”

Apr 7, 2019 – The Great Commission–the Ethical Imperative in Matthew’s Gospel w/ Pastor Rachel

March 31, 2019 – Guest Preacher Response Panel

Mar 24, 2019 – Guest Preacher Eric Barreto

Mar 17, 2019 – The Second Testament: Matthew’s gospel and it’s connection to Hebrew Scripture

Mar 10, 2019 – Women, Gentiles, and Outcasts in Matthew

Mar 3, 2019 – Matthew and the Kingdom of Heaven–Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer

Feb 24, 2019 – Pastor Rachel will give the first of five overview analyses regarding The Gospel of Matthew, with deep dives into the theological, moral, and ethical issues. Matthew is the book for the third and final segment of our year-long study: Born. United. Sent.

Feb 17, 2019 – Pastor Chris will lead a discussion addressing “GPC and the Evolving Refugee Crisis.”

Feb 3 & 10, 2019 – Sin and Salvation in George Saunders’ “Lincoln in The Bardo,”
a discussion lead by Adrian Vaagenes, M. Div, MILS. Click for more info.

Jan 27, 2019 – Elders Shelley and Tom Jennings discuss “South Korea, The Miracle Country.”

Jan 20, 2019 – Elder Alan Wisdom explains “Why I’m Still a Presbyterian—And What That Has to Do With 1 Corinthians.”

Jan 13, 2019 – MLK, Jr. expert and GPC friend David Greer gives an in-depth analysis of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, with video excerpts of Dr. King’s last sermon. (Cancelled due to inclement weather)

Jan 6 – Rev. Vaagenes examines the complex and exciting early church ferment with an overview of 1 Corinthians. Church unity, sexuality, treatment of the poor… it is a jam-packed epistle!

Dec 2, 9, 16, 2018 – Parish Associate Rev. Olivia Lane leads a three-part Advent Series: A Turbulent World and The Practice of Advent (Dec. 16 – CANCELLED)

Nov 18, 2018 – USA Today Washington Bureau Chief and GPC Elder Susan Page speaks about election results and outlook for the next Congress.

Nov 11, 2018 – Rev. Dr. Nancy Fox, National Presbyterian Church Rev. Fox is the chair of the board of the Outreach Foundation which supports global efforts to help refugees, including internally displaced peoples in the Middle East. She will be speaking on the work of the work of the Presbyterian Synod of Syria and Lebanon and their work with Syrian Refugees.

Nov 4, 2018 – Prison Reform (cont’d): John Koufos (National Director of Reentry Initiatives, Right On Crime) talks about recovery, re-entry, and re-integration. Lamont Carey talks about diversion and avoiding the criminal justice system altogether. Together they work with Koch Industries’ criminal justice reform efforts.

Oct 28, 2018 – Bill Maddox, M.Div, Union Seminary and Julie Abbate, former Deputy Chief of Special Litigation in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Right’s Division of the Department of Justice. Bill Maddox is a regular GPC attendee, and works on prison reform. Julie Abbate currently heads up the DC office of an advocacy group called Just Detention. Julie was the lead in writing and implementing DOJ’s National Standards under PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act and specializes in protecting the rights of women in prisons. Together they will hold a joint panel on prison reform.

Oct 21, 2018 – Dr. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, Wesley Seminary Dr. Hopkins will teach in honor of late member Anne Hale Johnson. Dr. Hopkins is a GPC crowd favorite, speaking on the daily life of women in the ancient world—childbearing, household duties, guild, diet, etc. She’ll even have some archaeological finds to share.

Oct 14, 2018 – Early Church Unity: Dr. John Wood, George Washington University The Early Church: Born in the Spirit, Growing in Grace The New Testament reveals a new kind of community. Earliest Christians radically asserted that Jesus’ death and resurrection changed everything in the sinful world and that followers participate in that new reality even as they look with hope to the completion of God’s purposes. It is crucial to note that Christianity was always about “Church” and never about good persons—even individual Christians—in isolation or on their own terms. The Church is a community of God’s Spirit. But! during the first several centuries of Christianity, followers of Jesus lived through profound challenges posed by external threats and by their own weaknesses and internal conflicts. Through it all, they left a legacy that helps us make sense of what it means to be “Church” even now.

Oct 7, 2018 – Acts Overview: Pastor Rachel leads a Lecture and Q&A on the themes and events of the Book of Acts. Learn about this pivotal and complex book in just one hour.

Sep 30, 2018 – Rev. Dr. Johnsie Cogman joins Rev. Christopher Chatelaine-Samsen for the 3rd annual pulpit swap discussion between GPC and Mt. Zion UMC.

Sep 23, 2018 – Rev. Dr. Camille Murray reviews her sabbatical: what she learned, what mountains she climbed, and how her time away with rest and prayer will change GPC. (Special sabbatical luncheon after worship!)

Sep 16, 2018 – Elder Alan Wisdom discusses the state of the PC(USA), speaking on this past summer’s General Assembly, raising bigger questions about the state of the denomination and our place within it. Reformed Institute Director, Dr. R. Bruce Douglas, will discuss “500 Years and Counting – Protestantism’s Next Chapter” in three installments on May 6,13 & 20

May 20, 2018 – A “Post Protestant” Era

May 13, 2018 – Protestantism & Modernity with Dr. R. Bruce Douglas

May 6, 2018 – Origins of “Protestantism” with Dr. R. Bruce Douglas

April 29, 2018 – Deacon Edit Frenyo and a panel of GPC members will discuss “Young Adults Ministry at GPC” including their role in a two-year Wesley Theological Seminary study program concerning what makes for a successful Young Adults Ministry.

April 22, 2018 – What is next for Christian Ed at GPC? Rev. Vaagenes leads an interactive discussion about themes, leadership development, and the growing educational needs for children and families, young adults, seniors, and beyond.

April 8 & 15, 2018 – Prof. David Little discusses “Hong Kong and the Controversy over Asian vs. Western Values.”

March 25, 2018 – Jon Wood, Asst. Professor, History of Christianity at GWU, will discuss “Reformation @ 500: the Anabaptists and the Radical Wing.”

March 18, 2018 – Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC (USA) Director of Public Witness, discusses “The PC(USA)’s Commitment to Justice Advocacy: How the Church Has Dealt with Tension Between Faith and Politics.”

March 11, 2018 – Responding to Chaplain Black – A Panel Discussion w/GPC members Marissa Baly, Will Quinn, and Alan Wisdom as Moderator. As an introduction and background for Pastor Timothy, American University Lecturer Mr. Easten Law discussed:

Feb 25, 2018 – “Contemporary Christianities in Chinese Society”

Feb 18, 2018 – The Historical Ebbs & Flows of the Christian Movement in China; and

Feb 4 & 11, 2018 – GPC Member and Princeton Seminary Graduate Adrian Vaagenes led interactive discussions regarding “Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ and Christian Freedom.”

Jan 28, 2018 – Former GPC member Prof. Ken Rutherford will discuss “The Landmine Crisis: A Survivor’s Tale.”

Jan 21, 2018 – Former GPC member Melissa Overmyer will discuss her latest book, “Born to Soar: Unlocking God’s Word in Your Life.”

Jan 14, 2018 – GPC member David Greer will discuss “Remembering Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. and his Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Jan 7, 2018 – Elder Chuck Schilke will discuss Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points: A Centennial Remembrance.

Upcoming Adult Education Classes:

Summer Break! Adult Ed is on a break until September. See you in the fall!

Sunday Morning Bible

***Sunday Morning Bible will be replaced by Adult Education for 2018/19***

Sundays, September-May @10 a.m. This weekly study meets on Sunday Morning for an in-depth discussion of the Bible. This class draws newer and established members of all ages, but is a favorite for parents who have kids in the 10 a.m. Sunday school program. Topics have included Isaiah, the Life of David, the Book of Colossians, and the Book of James, and each study lasts 3-4 months. New people are welcome to join at any point. For more information, email [email protected]. Class meets Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Colonial Room and the group takes a hiatus between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Midweek Bible–

Past topical studies include: 1 and 2 Peter, the Psalms, Romans, Jonah, Genesis 1-12, Mark, and the Life of Joseph. There have also been special series that tackle “Tough Questions” or the Apostles’ Creed.

Other Bible Studies–

GU College Bible Study This casual study means snacks and caffeine for the undergrads who join in. The group usually meets weekly during the academic year and is led by a Pastor. Check the calendar or contact Rev. Vaagenes at [email protected] with any questions.

Special Events–

The GPC Town Hall series was launched on March 16, 2014, with a forum on Pope Francis. The “second annual town hall” was held in October 2014 (moved forward from the one-year mark to accommodate the Guest Preacher series with Kenda Dean in February 2015), featured Mike McCurry and Michael Gerson discussing Religion in the Public Square. Most recently, we hosted Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for a conversation on Civil Rights, Race, and the Church on November 15, 2015. Pictures from that event are available here.