Circle of Quiet is a silent contemplative space hosted in the chapel each week during the Sunday School hour. For some, it might be an occasional silent retreat from a more traditional Sunday School class. For others, it might be a more regular and consistent time of quiet contemplation and reflection before worship.
This group values open discussion, mutual support, acceptance of diverse people, and involvement in social ministries. With varied ages but tilting toward younger adults, we begin our time together with reflective prayer practices, then explore questions of faith, biblical interpretation, and cultural relevance.
This warm-hearted group of diverse ages values questions, discussion, service projects, and mutual care and support. Our discussions often follow the Revised Common Lectionary as we explore how biblical texts matter to us and our world.
This group seeks community through study, service, and shared life experiences. We range in age, with many empty nesters who have not yet retired. We often choose multiweek biblical and topical studies and enjoy shared service projects and social gatherings.
This intergenerational class uses scripture, theology, and current issues as starting places for lively discussion. The Living the Questions video series, in which scholars and ministers connect the biblical texts with today's Christian challenges, provides the foundation of content for the class.
Shared Passages nurtures adult spiritual formation and community through a discussion-based exploration of the lectionary passages for Sunday worship and the ways participants’ experiences of life and faith intersect with the biblical text. This open and engaging group is intergenerational, with the majority in their 60s.
This larger class of mostly retired adults offers vigorous exploration of scripture texts and their present relevance and challenge. Our curriculum explores biblical themes, at times drawing from the rhythms of the lectionary and the seasons. Social gatherings in members' homes extend our fun and fellowship.
The Barnabas class is welcoming to newcomers and supportive of one another. Ranging in age from 30ish to 50-something, group members have varied backgrounds. We share thought-provoking discussions about the complexities of faith and life prompted by the Bible and other sources.
With a lively mix of retired and not-yet-retired members—but open to all adults—this class enjoys vigorous teaching and serious Bible study, often following the Lectionary. We bring biblical teaching into the challenging arena of 21st-century living.
This class of mature, retired adults has a distinguished Knollwood history. Teachers alternate leading the study of the Bible and other topics as the class also reflects on the spiritual gifts and challenges of our life stage. Since the Roddick class combined with the Discovery class in 2016, we have enjoyed enhanced leadership and membership.