Pullen offers a variety of opportunities for adults to deepen their spiritual life, explore religious education and reflect on current events with other people of faith.
Sunday Groups meet from 9:30-10:30 on Sunday mornings prior to worship. For our 2017-18 program year, Sunday Groups will meet from September 17-May 20, with exceptions on December 17, 24, 31, and April 1.
Grope Group, Room 310
The Grope Group cherishes diverse views and a sharing of experiences and insights. The name comes from a member’s observation that the group was just “groping for truth.” Discussions revolve around essays, articles, short stories, and TED talks. We’ll kick off the fall with the book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by radio show host Krista Tippett. Each section of the book is an insightful reflection on a different, wide topic: Words, Flesh, Love, Faith, and Hope. After that, we’ll study the evolution of hate groups and assess their level of power present-day. An interfaith study will likely follow. Though short weekly readings are frequently distributed, they are never required, and all are welcome to attend and participate in class discussions.
Facilitator: Eric Larson, [email protected]
Parent Group, Poteat Chapel
Our Parent Group is designed for parents, but in Pullen fashion everyone is always welcome. Our goal is to create community for parents and caregivers of children and youth. We explore topics related to parenting like spirituality, technology, and social justice in a casual, conversational style. We learn from one another as we grapple with how to raise our kids for the common good. Please come join us!
Facilitators: Dane Schuckman, Stephanie Brandt and Katey Zeh, [email protected]
Exploring the Bible Group, Room 306-307
This Bible study class is led by a rotating team of teachers with each leading several weeks to focus on themes or Books of the Bible. The format includes some lecture and lots of discussion. The teachers are Lisa Grabarek, George Reed, Nathan Powers, Kelli Walker-Jones and Allen Page, who offer a rich mix of experiences in theological study, teaching, parish leadership, counseling and social justice activism. There are no prerequisites to this class; no Bible study experience is necessary. With 2017 marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Lisa will begin the Fall sessions with a series on the scriptures that compelled the reformers to part ways with the Roman Catholic Church. We will examine the passages that were important to all of the reformers as well as those that led to denominational distinctions within Protestantism. Last year’s classes included such topics as “What We Might Learn from the Questions Jesus Asked”, “Can Paul Be Redeemed for the 21st Century” and “A Progressive’s Look at the Book of Revelations.” We invite all ages, singles and couples to join us.
Facilitator: Steve Smith, [email protected]
Young Adults Group
Young adults continue to be Raleigh’s fastest growing population. Welcoming their 20’s and 30s, YA’s are further pursuing their education, transitioning into new careers, and forging new ways to be community. In many ways they are the like the young people on the beach discovering how to be disciples in the face of the unrecognizable resurrected Jesus. The Breakfast Club is a Young Adult-oriented Bible study that is open to all. The group uses the texts from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament in dialogue with contemporary society to build community, act justly, breathe compassionately, and enhance an ever-changing and ever-becoming faith.
Contact: Brian Crisp, [email protected]
Care of Creation Group, Room 309
More and more people are embracing the view that nothing less than a major paradigm shift is needed if we are to survive the environmental, economic, social, and political challenges we face. This is often expressed as an ‘evolution of consciousness’ and a new relationship with the Earth and each other. This year Care of Creation will continue to explore what that ‘evolution of consciousness’ requires on both a practical and philosophical level through the writings and teachings of Richard Rohr, Marshal Rosenberg, Paul Hawken and many others. Group sessions will involve videos and group discussions led by guests and Pullen member facilitators. Classes are open to everyone.
Facilitator: Karen Delahunty, [email protected]
Discoverers Group, Room 303
Discoverers have a motto on the door: “If you close it, they will come.” People do come to find out why anyone would enter a door that is closed. Discoverers are different. There is no lecture, no pre-ordained subject. Those who lead on any given Sunday are facilitators. A facilitator asks the Question for that day, and those present will find responses to that Question. Before long, all are sharing opinions, insights, and views on whatever in them has come to the surface during discussion. This gathering is fresh every week and always accessible. And yes, we do use both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, plus other readings and stories that may tie in with the day’s subject. What are your questions?
Facilitators: Suzanne Newton, Beth Barnwell, Felicia Roper and Grace Evans, [email protected]
McMillan Group, Room 312
This fall the McMillan Group will focus on questions. Anyone who has a question on any topic is invited to come and ask it. The facilitator and those in attendance will then offer their responses and insights. Questions on all topics are welcome.
Facilitator: Robert McMillan
Pullen 101, Room 203
Pullen 101 is an 8-week contract class designed to introduce newcomers to Pullen and our ministry and mission. Topics include our Pullen identity, history, theology, worship, Baptist identity, structure, missions and education. In each session, church members share why they are at Pullen. The class also provides an opportunity to get to know Pullen people and staff. The fall 2017 series of Pullen 101 begins on September 17 and ends on November 5. The spring 2018 series runs from January 7 to February 25.
Contact: Cathy Tamsberg, [email protected]
Wednesday night is a busy time for the Pullen family. We begin at 5:15 PM in Finlator Hall with a meal that provides valuable time to visit with fellow Pullenites. Dinner is available until at least 6:00 PM. After dinner we share information about church and community events followed by the naming of prayer concerns. At 6:30 PM adults participate in a program that concludes at 7:30 PM as the children’s and youth programming ends. The program topics vary and typically include Bible study, social justice issues, theology or spirituality, matters of concern to our church family, international partner reports, and activities for fun and self-improvement.
Wednesday Nights for 2017-2018 begin on September 6 and end on May 16. There are no activities on November 22 and March 28, the days before Thanksgiving and our Maundy Thursday service. We also take two weeks off at Christmas, December 27 and January 3. The cost of the meal is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-5th grade, and free for college students. The family maximum is $20. Meal reservations are not required.
Wednesday nights are a great time to get to know Pullen people. We encourage everyone, especially newcomers, to join us.
- Poteat Chapel
- Room 305
For those who need a quiet space on Sunday mornings, Room 305 is open during the Sunday Group hour for quiet reflection.
The Azelene Medlin Memorial Library is a resource for all ages. It contains many recent books, reference materials, periodicals and videos on a variety of topics of interest to the Pullen family. The library is open whenever the church building is open and self-help check-out makes it easy to get what you need when you need it. This year the Library Committee is transitioning our collection from a card catalogue to a computer search program for quicker and easier access. Instructions for using the computer program will be posted when this project is completed.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, librarian Robin Hemrick and the Library Committee are always open to suggestions about new resources we could add to our library’s fine collection.
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