Adult Classes & Educational Opportunities


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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, Assistant Director for Christian Formation, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or

Interpreting Scripture in Community: Considering Biblical Texts Concerning Homosexuality

Dates & Times: Wednesdays, April 24–June 5, 7–9 pm
Location: Room G202, Geneva Hall
Registration: Click here to register.

In response to many in our community, Session is sponsoring a study of Old and New Testament texts used in discussions of homosexuality. Following in the tradition established with our initial Interpreting Scripture in Community experience in 2012, we come together again to revisit and apply practices that guide us to read the Bible well.

During this seven-week course, participants will engage the various methods appropriate to studying these texts; gain a deeper understanding of how the church might live in light of them; and ultimately consider the call to a life together in Christ with diverging and possibly conflictive interpretations.

Interpreting Scripture in Community grants our community a fresh opportunity to learn, lean in, and listen to God’s word together. Each week includes a presentation, panel discussion, and small group conversation.

Rev. Dr. Tom Elson
Rev. Mark Stryker
Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga, MDiv
Michael Barram, PhD, St. Marys College of California
Chris Corwin, PhD, New College Berkeley
Rev. Dr. Carol Antablin Miles, Theological Educator and Designated Pastor, Chinese Presbyterian Church, Oakland

Course goals: To help participants gain the following:
• an awareness of the historical, literary, and theological contexts of these texts;
• an understanding of the content and meaning of these texts;
• skill and familiarity with the tools of interpretation of these texts.

Date Topic
April 24
Introduction and Approach
May 1
Genesis 1–2
May 8
Genesis 19, Judges 19, and Ezekiel 18
May 15      
Leviticus 18 and 20
May 22
Romans 1
May 29
1 Corinthians 6 and Timothy 1
June 5
Summary and Implications