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East Side Classes equip you with practices to grow as a follower of Jesus. Class offerings are designed to help you live out your calling in where you live, work, and love. Check out the schedule and register to join us.

Schedule | Class Descriptions | Past Classes


Schedule

Intro to Redeemer East Side Sun, May 23 or Jul 25
PEACE: An Invitation to Examine Sun, June 6
Relating to God in Troubling Times Wed, June 9
Examine with the Book of Common Prayer (1662) Wed, June 16
Intro to Spiritual Formation Sun, Jun 27 or Aug 29

Class Descriptions

Spring Classes

PEACE: An Invitation to Examine | Speaker Event with Therapist and Author Diane Langberg
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| Sun., June 6, 8-9 p.m.
Join Diane Langberg, therapist and author of Suffering and the Heart of God and Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church, to explore how God’s word and prayer examines the human heart and opens us to the heart of God. Dr. Langberg will draw from her experience as a trauma therapist and follower of Jesus to reveal how the practice of Examine is a deep means of experiencing grace, growth and peace.

Relating to God in Troubling Times
Register | Wed., June 9, 7-8 p.m.
In the midst of disappointment, sorrow, or loss, we can be tempted to distance ourselves from God. We often try to hide our wounded hearts from the only One who can truly heal us. In this class, we will explore practices of scripture reading and prayer that invite Jesus into our sorrow and that teach us to trust him as we walk through the darkness.

Examine with the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
Register | Wed., June 16, 7-8 p.m.
This course is designed to introduce you to the Book of Common Prayer, the prayer book that Anglican Christians have used for centuries for public worship. We'll look at the services of Morning and Evening Prayer to offer one way you can practice Examine. While not required for the class, we recommend you purchase the newest edition of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Ongoing Classes

Intro to Redeemer East Side
Register | Sun., May 23, July 25; 1:30-3 p.m.
Learn how you can get plugged into the Redeemer East Side community. In this seminar, learn about the mission and vision of Redeemer East Side, and how you, with your unique gifting and experience, can join in the vision of our church and the mission of God wherever you live, work and love. This core seminar will be offered periodically during the year.

Intro to Spiritual Formation
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| Sun., Jun 27, Aug 29; 1:30-3 p.m.
At Redeemer East Side, we believe that the gospel makes its way deeper into our hearts and transforms our lives through the ordinary practices we engage in, the community we embrace, and by living out the callings God has given us. This core seminar will be offered periodically during the year to deepen your understanding of spiritual formation.


Past Classes

When Someone Doesn’t Care About Christianity: A Conversation with Glen Scrivener
Spring 2021
Glen Scrivener helps us discover how curiosity might help us navigate hostility or indifference in our friends and neighbors. How are we being shaped by the functional truths of this cultural moment? What cultural values do we often assume are self-evident? And how do we prepare for conversations by assuming a posture of listening, humility, and love?

Tips for Studying the Bible with Your Kids
November 2020

It is vital that we and our children know and enjoy the Bible. How do we begin to guide our children in studying the Bible especially in such a unique season as we are in? How do we find the time and where do we start? This class is designed to provide parents with tips for guiding children of various ages in learning and retaining God's word.

Learning to Be an Antiracist (offered through Redeemer East Harlem)
June-July 2020

If you are interested in being contacted the next time the class is offered, please fill out this form.

As the body of Christ, we are grieved over the cycles of racial inequality and injustice that continue to pervade our society. In response, we want to proactively equip our congregants to have a long-term, holistic approach to addressing racism at the systemic level. Justin Adour, pastor of Redeemer East Harlem, will be teaching a four-week class to help us better understand how to move past a simple acknowledgment that racism is evil to learning what it means to become a proactive anti-racist.

Please note, we are asking participants to engage with resources (e.g., books and videos) outside of class. REH has committed to helping our congregants purchase materials as needed. Though the completion of these resources is not required, they will greatly enhance your understanding of the issues. You're not expected to finish a book each week, but please read what you can and engage with the material more fully post-class.

Books to Purchase

Missional Moments Q&A
May-June 2020

Our days have become a blur, and many sense a need for rhythms that will help us emerge from this season transformed. Missional Moments is a weekly Q&A with Senior Pastor Abe Cho and the East Side pastoral team, who will respond to your questions about the five transformative practices that draw us to God and send us into the world. We are calling them practices of PEACE, an acronym which stands for Pause, Eat, Ask, Commune, and Examine.

Self Counseling
June 2020

COVID-19 has changed our world in many ways, especially our interactions with families, friends and even ourselves. In this workshop, we explored ways to counsel ourselves when we are feeling anxious, uncertain, depressed, angry, or other concerning emotions. Through the practical application of scripture and prayer in specific circumstances, you will understand God and your own heart in new ways. Led by Lois Kehlenbrink, a counselor of 20+ years.

Pandemic Parenting
May 2020

In this workshop, we discussed how to persevere in parenting in the midst of the changes and losses COVID-19 has brought to our lives. Led by family therapists, a doctor and pastoral leaders join us to gain understanding and tools to parent well.