Bible Study

Hayes Parlor Bible Study

First Thursday of the month @ 2 PM, 

beginning September 6 with Vicky Guest

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians hits on a number
of themes that bear on our life together in the church.
In this series of the UCC Stillspeaking Writers’ Group
study, we will reflect on what it means to be the church,as well as encounter some of the ways in which church health and vitality can be undermined from within when our common ground is not what God has done in Jesus.


Short Stories by Jesus

Sunday mornings @ 9AM with Jonathan Guest

Six-week session beginning October 14

The New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine writes that Jesus told parables because they serve as keys that can unlock the mysteries we face by helping us ask the right questions: how to live in community; how to determine what ultimately matters; how to live the life that God wants us to live. They are remembered because they continue to provoke, challenge and inspire. This Bible study will show us how to listen to the parables in a new way to capture the enigmatic and provocative messages of Jesus. Join us in Room 117 (off the Vestry). Cost of the book is $11.


Dialogues on the Refugee Crisis

Tuesday evenings @ 7 PM with Vicky Guest, Marge Roberson & Myriam Jennings

Five-week session beginning October 2

It’s not news to anyone that we are living in a time ofconflict, division and disagreement. We are becoming people who can’t seem to find our way out of the “us vs.them” pit of divisiveness. Yet our faith story is rooted in journeys of refugees from Abraham and Sarah to Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Because of these stories, people of
faith are uniquely equipped to bring healing, hope and wholeness to a hurting world. This small group study will provide participants with a set of tools to create bridge-building conversations rather than explosive arguments. Then we’ll take all of that into our jobs, and homes and Thanksgiving dinners, and offer an alternative
to conflict and division. We’ll offer dialogues. Cost ofthe book is $10.







Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture

Sunday mornings @ 9AM with Jonathan Guest

Four-week session beginning January 20
Each session will begin with a short video presentation by Walter Brueggemann, a premier Old Testament scholar, taking us on a wild ride through the poetic prophecy of the Hebrew Scripture, identifying cultural contexts, putting

a framework to Israel’s history and drawing connections between Israel’s sociological, economic and spiritual status and that of America today. Brueggemann confronts today’s culture with the ancient words of the Hebrew Prophets. What was the message of the poet-prophets in their own time and place? What is their message for us today? Who are today’s prophetic voices? What steps can we take to reclaim the prophetic message of distributive justice, nonviolence, loss and hope? Join us in Room 117 (off the Vestry). Cost of the book is $15.