In our Cana Hall Conversations, we learn from one another and others about issues that are important, sometimes controversial, sometimes challenging, and often inspiring. We’ve learned about Christian nonviolence, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, hunger and food production and distribution in the Upper Valley, Veterans memories of WWII and Korea, the ELCA Sexuality Study, Jewish biblical interpretation, and more. Some have been approached as a series, while others stand on their own.
These adult education opportunities have usually been held after church on Sundays, from noon until about 1:15 p.m. When we’re fortunate, someone prepares a light lunch to share while we talk. Occasionally these forums are also offered in the evening. On average, we offer an adult education event at least once a month.
During the 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday Education Hour, a study group meets to discuss a current book they all covenant to read over the course of 4-6 weeks. This has been an excellent source of ongoing education in the faith for many in the congregation; some attend every session and others choose to attend based on the book being discussed.
About six times a year, our Women of the ELCA group (Mary-Martha) sponsors educational opportunities open to the entire congregation. These may be Bible studies or special speakers on social issues of interest to both women and men (domestic violence, homelessness, education, global mission, healthy relationships, and many other topics).676