Religious Education


On this page you will find the notecards for our classes at First UCC Second Life.  The notecards are organized by class and appear in the order in which they are used.  Generally, there is one notecard for each week the class meets.

Our classes use seminary level material and are designed for the mature learner.  We do that in an effort to help our friends and members cultivate the tools needed to do Bible and religious topics study on their own.  We also believe that the underlying meanings in the ancient texts are best discovered in their historical and cultural context.  The classes are designed, however, to be a fun experience of discovery and no previous Bible study, religion study or experience is necessary.  Nor is it necessary to attend every week, although we suggest trying to attend regularly for the best experience and the greatest learning.  Each class is offered three times during the week to maximize as much as we can opportunities to participate.

A complete schedule of religious education classes, worship and other events can be found on our calendar page.

Bible Study Classes are offered three times each week:  Tuesdays at 8 a.m. SLT, Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The content of the classes changes weekly, so each session in a given week is based on the same material.  We do that to provide multiple opportunities for our friends and members to participate.

Second Life time (SLT) is identical to US Pacific.

Bible Study Fundamentals - A two-week introductory course - December 19 through December 28 (except Tuesday, Dec. 26)

This two-week introductory class is designed to provide some helpful background to the study of Biblical texts.  The instructor is the Rev. Dr. Jerold Garber (aka in Second Life as Jerome Newstart).  The course title is a link to the class notecard  as a .txt file.

Never participated in a Bible study?  The first class in our fundamentals course will introduce you to some common themes in Biblical studies.  We'll explore the influences of ancient cultures on the texts and consider the lenses we use to read them today.

Dec. 19 and 21 -- Cosmology

Dec. 28th -- Fundamentals of Bible Study

Gospel of Mark - A nine-week course - January 2, 2018 through March 1, 2018

This course is designed for students who have never taken a Bible study course, and for those who have taken several.  The material is seminary level, but presented in lay-friendly language.  No experience is necessary and we think Bible study should be fun!

Here is the Schedule for the Gospel of Mark course.

Jan. 2 & 4 - Overview Jan. 9 and 11 - Beginning of Jesus' Ministry Jan. 16 and 18 - Controversy at Capernaum
Jan. 23 and 25 - Parables of the Kingdom Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 - Miracles at Sea of Galilee Feb. 6 and 8 - Preaching at Galilee
Feb. 13 and 15 - Preparing the Disciples Feb. 20 and 22 - Jesus' Ministry in Jerusalem Feb. 27 and March 1 - Passion and Resurrection

Supplementary materials for Mark:  Mark - 5th Narrative Complex

Book Study: "A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life"
by Parker J. Palmer

January 9, 2018 through March 20. 2018

Overview of the class available:  Click here.

Session 1 - Jan. 9, 2018 Session 2 - Jan 16, 2018 Session 3 - Jan. 23, 2018 Session 4 - Jan. 30, 2018
Session 5 - Feb. 6, 2018 Session 6 - Feb. 13, 2018 Session 7 - Feb. 20, 2018 Session 8 - Feb. 27, 2018
Session 9 - March 6, 2018 Session 10 - March 13, 2018 Session 11 - March 20, 2018  

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