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.
During the 2019-20 year we have several adult options from which to choose. These are the following ways to enhance your faith, deepen your spiritual practice, or strengthen your biblical understanding:
Care of Creation // Room 309
The evidence for human causation of climate change due to global society’s excessive CO2 emissions is scientifically incontrovertible. Given these current facts and our seemingly devastating trajectory, it has become clear that there is a relationship problem between humans and the rest of life on this planet. How do we, amongst all the perilous news remain engaged? How do we learn to accept, cope and continue to enjoy our earthly experience? The focus of this year’s group is to provide spiritual understanding of how to mend the human/nature relationship through the study of the great works of Thomas Berry, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Sally McFague. We will also lean into the biblical teachings of right relationship with our planet’s elements: air, water, fire, earth, and how these elements influence our emotional, spiritual, physical and mental health and wellbeing. Care of Creation Sunday Group is planning to join with the Spiritual Practices Group approximately once a month for supplemental restorative practices to deepen our relationship with creation. Care of Creation focuses on environmental, political and social challenges faced by people of faith.
Discoverers // Room 303
Finding grace, hope, joy, peace, love, gratitude and patience may seem like tall orders these days, but the Sunday Group of Discoverers believes we can do it—together! Discoverers are Pullenites who gather each Sunday to share their quest for a faithful, authentic life in these challenging times. Longtime adult teacher Suzanne Newton is joined this year by group members in facilitating a conversational format. We will begin by sharing our personal answers to questions posed by Shirley Erena Murray’s hymn “How Shall We Find You?” as we seek to find, know, trust, see and love God. Then we’ll explore how we can nurture gratitude, hope, peace, joy, love, patience, and light during Thanksgiving, Advent and Epiphany. In the spring, this personal reflection and discussion will continue with topics our group members find challenging as we seek to discover sacred truths that inspire just, gracious living.
Exploring the Bible // Room 307
With a rotating roster of teachers, Exploring the Bible focuses on thematic, topical, and exegetical passages from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The group combines the best and current practices of biblical scholarship with contemporary issues and social situations. From the format of lecture and discussion, questions arise that address the texts while informing our individual lives of faith.
Free Thinkers // Room 310
Free Thinkers (formerly the Grope Group) is a discussion-based class that grapples with hard questions in the current political and social world. These discussions are informed by written, oral and visual references that encourage and enlighten the commitment of participants to justice and compassion in our personal and civic lives.
McMillan Group // Room 312
This group looks to stories and life for great questions and greater answers.
Parenting Together // Room 308
Parenting Together is an open and informal gathering for Pullen parents and caregivers of children to explore, together, what it means to parent. We will share our experiences, ask questions, and enjoy each other’s company. Bring your coffee or tea as Sarah Bowen facilitates the discussion.
Pullen 101 // Room 203
Pullen 101 is an 8-week course designed to introduce people to the culture and ministries of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. See page two for more info.
Spiritual Practices // Poteat Chapel
The Spiritual Practices Sunday group will continue to deepen its exploration of contemplative practices in a worship-like fashion, including centering prayer, chant, lovingkindness meditation and lectio divina. This year, we will expand our practices to acknowledge our relationship with the natural world by focusing our practices on one of the natural elements—such as water, fire, air, earth. We will be joined for this exploration approximately once per month by the Care of Creation Sunday Group.
We hope you will make plans to attend one of these classes as it is a great way to participate in the life of Pullen. Please contact Brian Crisp at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Wednesday Nights- Join us at “The Table”
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. At 6:30 PM adults participate in a program that concludes at 7:30 PM as the children’s and youth programming ends.
During the fall of 2019, we’re excited to welcome you the The Table on Wednesdays! This new name for our Wednesday evening gathering reflects its character and purpose.
There is a tangible vibrancy around this time that we share around the table. That’s what makes this mid-week gathering one of my favorite Pullen activities. At the table we get to share stories, concerns, joys and jokes–the kind of thing we don’t always have time for on a Sunday morning. And, of course, we also get to share a meal! This fall features a brand new menu from our new chef, Julie Gilbert, who brings a passion for building community through fresh, locally sourced, healthy food.
The Table is about connecting with each other around food and conversation, and in a world that is so busy–so heavily scheduled–we need to take more time to simply be, and to be with one another. You’ll see more intentionality around this when we launch in September. Some evenings will feature programming that is celebratory and communal, like our Luau on September 18 or the drum circle planned for October 2. When possible these activities will take place on the evenings we normally celebrate birthdays. We’ll also be serving up opportunities for small group conversation and intergenerational engagement through game nights. And, not to worry, all the staples like the Advent Candlelight service and the Lovefeast are still on the menu!
Wednesday nights are a great time to get to know Pullen people. We encourage everyone, especially newcomers, to join us at The Table.
- 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.
For more information, contact: