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Adult Education

As curious, searching Christians humbled by the vast mystery of God, we are ever engaged in deep and authentic spiritual inquiry. We believe there is always more of the truth to behold, more beauty to savor, more joy to taste, more kindness to share, more peace to know. Through the arts of study and prayer and service, we aspire to love God “with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

Drawing upon the best of Christian tradition, ancient and modern, we seek to internalize the source of Dr. King’s courage, Bishop Tutu’s kindness, and Mother Theresa’s strength while pursuing our own call to justice and mercy. At Old South Church, we are formed by God to transform the world.

Christian faith is shaped and comes to mature, in part, through sustained reflection on matters of spiritual, theological, and biblical concern. We invite you to join us on the journey of discipleship by sharing with us in sacred reading, gentle listening, and holy conversation.

Sundays at 10 am, between First and Festival Worship

The Sunday 10 am hour boasts a myriad of educational offerings for children, youth, and adults. Stick around after First Worship, or come early before Festival Worship, and gather with this community of learners spanning our two largest services.

Community Hour

This casual, no-commitment, come-when-you-can forum hosts monthly series on a variety of topics. Clergy, lay, and special guests share in leading sessions, some of which have included: Islam 101; Exploring White Privilege; Dying Well: Christian Reflection on Life and Death; Judaism and Christianity in Conversation; and Human Development and Spiritual Development.

Jazz and Spirituality: An Improvisational Conversation

What do Christian faith and jazz improvisation have in common? What makes a piece of music “spiritual?” Does approaching worship with a jazz sensibility change more than the mood? We will explore these and other questions as we listen to and talk about great jazz recordings by master musicians during Community Hour on April 22, 29 and May 6. Led by Jazz Worship Music Director Willie Sordillo.

Throughout the Week

‘Fun-and-Not-Scary, at-a-Snail’s-Pace Read Through of the Whole Bible’ Study

Thursdays 7 pm. Led by Jonathan Mason Wolfe

This group gathers weekly to study – and savor – the scriptures: to take them chapter by chapter, book by book, skipping nothing ... not even the genealogies (because there is cool, interesting stuff in them, too!). Reading the Bible through in this way – called lectio continua – opens up a new world of allusions, parallels, and rich insights. Join Harvard Divinity School PhD student Jonathan Mason Wolfe and get ready to geek out!

Theological Book Group

Mondays 6 pm. Led by Rev. Donald Wells.

This intrepid band of brainy, curious readers does not shy away from big ideas or provocative issues; they take up challenging books on the cutting-edge of Christian theology. If you ever felt like church was a place you had to ‘check your brain’ at the door, then this group of daring thinkers, led by our Theologian in Residence, might just recall you to the adventure that is loving God with all your mind.

Small Groups

Christians are not lone rangers. We need each other. Following Jesus requires intentionality and happens best within relationships where we are known and stretched and supported.

If you seek to deepen your experience of community, cultivate spiritual friendships, and grow in your faith, consider joining a Small Group at Old South Church.

Seasonal, member-led Small Groups form and re-form throughout the year. We ask participants to commit to three months of (more or less – hey, life happens!) weekly meetings. It is our experience that this is about how long it takes to make spiritual, relational magic happen! After three months’ time, groups may decide to recommit to one another and continue gathering, or to disband.

For more information, visit the Small Groups page.