9:30 a.m., Sunday morning, Lancaster Hall – sometimes with a Summer break
Christian education enriches our knowledge of the scriptures and supports us in understanding the deep messages of God’s word. We undertake our Bible study with quiet hearts but searching minds. Classes are taught by a variety of folk including church members, the pastor, seminary interns, and community leaders.
During the Lenten season, outside speakers provide lectures for the entire congregation on special topics.
2019 Lenten Lecture Series
March 10 – The Legacy of Learning in an Era of Education Inequity
Speaker Chuck English, now Virginia’s own STEM Coordinator, was not a great student, challenging the most veteran educators and getting to know each principal personally. His efforts as an educator may seem like a soul cleansing journey, but it comes more from a need to poke at a model that is often ineffective. Blessed with children that also challenge the system, it has become clear that their success received support from outside of the classroom. How do we change the educational environment, inspiring not only youth but parents and community members to see learning as a vital part of their own lives and that of the society? Chuck’s Richmond ventures have supported not only his exploration into the habitual ruts education has found itself, but gave him just enough means to start some changes. You may know him as Pastor Kerra’s husband.
March 17 – Mercy, Justice, and Mitigation: A 21st Century Glimpse of Environmental Justice in Virginia
Speaker Kristen Saacke Blunk, Headwaters LLC, serves as a field liaison to environmental partners across the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River watersheds, focusing on conservation initiatives that improve water quality and ecosystem resiliency. She is a resident of the Richmond Hill community and has enjoyed fellowship with the Ash Grove women’s retreat since arriving there in 2016. Her husband, Joel, is co-pastoral director at Richmond Hill, and their three adult sons are doing meaningful work with youth and resettled refugees, from Charlottesville to Front Royal to Chicago.
March 24 – Do Neo-Nazis and Terrorists Deserve Our Justice, Our Mercy, or Both?
Speaker Patrick Beaulier is an independent-progressive rabbi, originally from Atlanta, GA. Rabbi Patrick is the co-founder and spiritual leader of Kehillah, a pop-up, experimental Jewish community as well as the founder of Darshan Yeshiva, an online Jewish school and the world’s only online conversion to Judaism program. He lives with his wife Rebbetzin Stefanie Papps, a health policy expert, and their two cats Maggie and Toes.
March 31 – Justice and Mercy for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Speaker Jess Cook is the Program & Communications Manager for More Light Presbyterians, a coalition of congregations and individuals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) committed to increasing the involvement of all people in the church, regardless of sexuality. Jess is a 2012 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Prior to working with More Light, Jess was the Youth Programs Director for Side by Side, an organization in Richmond working with LGBTQIA+ youth. Jess lives in Richmond with their son, Elliot, and dog, Sophie.
April 7 – The Borders of Opportunity: Immigration and Public Education
Speaker Wendy Lively is the Program Manager for Communities in Schools in Chesterfield County. She says of her work, “I love helping create change for our families and students through resources, programs and support as well as creating a school environment that feels like a community. I could not adore my job more.”