FREE COMMUNITY CLASSES

SUMMER CLASSES 2017


The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Sunday june 4

10:45AM, REEVES HALL

The coming of the Holy Spirit, as recounted in the book of Acts, signals the inauguration of the Kingdom of God through Christ's death, resurrection, and ascension.  

In this class we will explore what it means to live in the power of the Holy Spirit today. What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit? And what is the continuing mission of the church in light of the gift of Pentecost?

Dr. Marilyn Melzian is a member of St. Peter's and is one of the elders for Adult Spiritual Growth. She is Affiliate Associate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Director of West Semitic Research. She holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Claremont Graduate University.


Faith and Science:  Evolution Part I

Sunday june 18 & 25

10:45AM, REEVES HALL

More than any other scientific field, the study of evolution has been a source of controversy in the relationship between Christianity and science. Is that controversy necessary? What is the science? What are the philosophies and ideologies that have sometimes attached themselves to “evolution”? How do we sort out the science from the theological, metaphysical and philosophical ideas that sometimes accompany it?  In this first class, “Evolution: Past, Present and Future,” Bernie Hindman will explore the science of evolutionary biology itself.

Bernie Hindman, an active member of St. Peter’s by the Sea, has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, with special interest in vertebrate embryology. He is a Doctor of Medicine, and a retired Associate Professor of Radiology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Dr. Marilyn Melzian is a member of St. Peter's and is one of the elders for Adult Spiritual Growth. She is Affiliate Associate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Director of West Semitic Research. She holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Claremont Graduate University.


Credo:  This I Believe

Sundays august 6, 13, 20, 27

10:45AM, REEVES HALL

      Artwork by: liberty worth @libbydibby

      Artwork by: liberty worth @libbydibby

When our grandparents in the faith faced times of political, social, or spiritual turmoil, they sometimes chose to write creeds: declarations of who they were, what they believed, and what they resolved to do.  Out of the fires of their times, they forged statements that boldly proclaimed the core of Christian faith.  Ten of these creeds and confessions make up the first part of our PCUSA Constitution: The Book of Confessions.*

During August, we will learn the stories of these creeds and the Christians who wrote them.  From the fourth-century Nicene Creed, through the creeds of the 16th-century Reformation, to the 20th-century Declaration of Barmen and Belhar Confession, we will look at the contexts that prompted the documents and the ways Christians chose to make their faith publicly known.

*Free download available at https://www.pcusa.org/resource/book-confessions/ 

Becky Cerling earned an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in European Medieval History and the History of Christianity from the University of Southern California.  She is an affiliate faculty member at Fuller and ready for call in the PCUSA.  Most importantly, she’s pretty wild about her husband, Lee, and their teenage children, Ella and Brendan.