Adult Education & Opportunities

Adult Education


RSVP: June 17 Reformed Conversations
Middle Hour
Support Groups & Classes

There are many opportunities for adult education and growth at First Pres. Listed below are current classes and events; for more information, please contact Janet Sanders, Adult Ministries Coordinator, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or


Summer Colloquium: Reformed & Reforming

Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

From our beginning in 1878, First Pres stands as a congregation led by Christ and guided by the reformed tradition of our faith. Our story is one of transformation by the work of the Spirit and God's Word as we face the challenges and changes of our times. All are invited to engage with these leaders (as listed below) as we seek to integrate the rich history of the Reformation with the call to live as followers of Christ in our context and communities.

Dates: Sundays, June 4–25
Time: Middle Hour | 10:15–11:15 am
Location: Westminster Gym
Click here for Middle Hour Children’s programming
Audio Library: Presentations are available through the Audio Library under Summer Colloquium 2017

Date Topic and Speaker
June 4

Reading the Word, Hearing the Spirit
Guest Speaker: Mark Labberton
President and Professor of Preaching, School of Theology Fuller Theological Seminary
June 11

500 Years of Reformation—2000 Years of Reform
Protestants and Catholics Striving for God

Guest Speaker: Zach Flanagin
Professor of Theology & Religious Studies Saint Mary’s College of California
June 18

Sola Gratia—Do you really want to be saved by grace alone?
Guest Speaker: John L. Thompson
Professor of Historical Theology and Gaylen and Susan Byker Professor of Reformed Theology, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
June 25

Mission & Justice—DR Congo Past and Present
Guest Speaker: Paul Tshihamba
Vice President for Church Engagement Congo Initiative USA (First Pres Mission Partner)

Reformed Conversations | Saturday, June 17

We are pleased to welcome John L. Thompson, Professor of Historical Theology and Reformed Theology at Fuller Seminary to this special Saturday gathering. In a series of two presentations, John will lead us in conversation about the essentials of our Christian faith and practice, first envisioned by the Reformers, which continue to reform our lives as followers of Jesus Christ 500 years later.

Session 1 | Sola Fide: What’s in this “faith alone” by which we are saved?
John Calvin on the essentials of the Christian faith

Session 2 | Sola Scriptura: Did the Reformers read anything besides the Bible?
John Calvin on the peril of reading scripture alone

Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: 9:30–12 noon
Location: Room G202, Geneva Hall
Registration: Free Admission. Click here to RSVP by Wednesday, June 14.

Reformation Resources

Pastor Mark Stryker has compiled a list of resources for further study on the Reformation including historical context, the Reformers, the Reformed Tradition, and guides for spiritual practice. Click here to download.

Making Sense with Scripture Series

This four-part series explored what is involved when we seek to interpret the Scriptures faithfully and discern together how the Bible may guide us as a community today. To listen to the first three sessions, please visit the Audio Library and click on Classes & Discussions. For more information, please contact Janet Sanders at