Adult Education at the Scarsdale Congregational Church isn't just bible study, although we do have bible study sessions, of course. Bible study does not run continuously; but it is scheduled on a periodic, recurring, basis; when there is enough interest expressed by members of the congregation. Bible study is usually on Sunday mornings before church, but the most interesting education is often later in the day; or sometimes not even on Sunday.
Broader religious education has featured lectures on subjects such as the Gnostic gospels (among the gospels that weren't selected to go into the New Testament). After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the church hosted a presentation by an expert on the Koran who answered questions from church members and others on what the actual teachings of Islam are, and how “Islamic extremism” differs from them. The church also hosts lectures by Rabbis from local Jewish congregations, to further our knowledge of the religion that forms the roots of Christianity.
One recurring theme for our adult education is Christian outreach; including ways that both religious and secular organizations are working to reduce hunger, poverty, and social injustice. We have hosted presentations by both members of this congregation, and outside agencies and groups. Past topics have included hunger programs (food pantries, meals for the homeless and home-bound invalids), anti-poverty programs (locally and internationally, including on some Native American reservations within the United States), prison outreach ministry (helping inmates in the state prison system reintegrate into society), and sheltering the homeless (particularly single mothers with children).
Not all of our adult education programs are related to traditional church activities. The church has also hosted presentations on the recent changes to Medicare including the transition to managed care, and the prescription drug program. We have even had a book author or two in to speak about the experiences that inspired work that members of the congregation have found compelling.
All of our education programs are open to the public. There is no need to be a member of, or even a previous visitor to, this church. Visitors are always welcome. Please check the events calendar on this web site for announcements of future programs.