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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


Faith & Work 101 Mon, Oct 5-Nov 16
Thinking Christianly About Politics (registration closed) Wed, Oct 14-28
Intro to Spiritual Formation Sun, Oct 18, Dec 13 or Feb 28
Meeting God at the Movies Wed, Oct 28
Intro to Redeemer East Side

Sun, Nov 8, Jan 24, March 28

Tips for Studying the Bible with Your Kids Sun, Nov 15
Readings in Fleming Rutledge's Advent Tues, Dec 1, 8

Class Descriptions

Fall Classes

Faith & Work 101 (in partnership with the Center for Faith & Work)
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| Mon., Oct. 5-Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
The question of faith and work is really a question of calling. Through our Faith & Work 101, we’ll demystify the idea of calling and help you develop a clearer sense of God's calling for you. Over the course of seven consecutive weeks, we provide a biblical overview of faith and work with the goal of helping you deepen your understanding and experience of everyday work.

Thinking Christianly About Politics
Registration Closed
| Wed., Oct. 14; 21; 28 at 8 p.m.
This book group will read select chapters from William Cavanaugh's Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church. (Please purchase the book before the group begins.) From the back of the book: "In these chapters Cavanaugh cautions readers to be wary of a rigid separation of religion and politics that boxes in the church and sends citizens instead to the state for hope, comfort, and salvation as they navigate the risks and pains of mortal life. When nationality becomes the primary source of identity and belonging, he warns, the state becomes the god and idol of its own religion, the language of nationalism becomes a liturgy, and devotees willingly sacrifice their lives to serve and defend their country."

Meeting God at the Movies
| Wed., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
Invite a friend as we discuss big questions about faith, doubt, and God in movies this fall.

The Quiet Faith of Jackie Robinson in “42”
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Jackie Robinson’s famous quote defined his life in many ways, but what does it mean for us? How can we lead lives that positively impact others? What role does faith play in it? Come join us in discussing these questions and others as we look at the life of Jackie Robinson, his courageous fight against racism, and the quiet faith that drove him to change the world.
Watch “42” on your own beforehand so we can discuss together that evening.

Tips for Studying the Bible with Your Kids
| Sun., Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m.
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.

Readings in Fleming Rutledge's Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ
| Tues., Dec. 1; 8 at 8 p.m.
As we meditate on the meaning of Advent, this book group will read select sermons from Fleming Rutledge. (Please purchase the book before the group begins.) From the back of the book: "Advent, says Fleming Rutledge, is not for the faint of heart. As the midnight of the Christian year, the season of Advent is rife with dark, gritty realities. In this book, with her trademark wit and wisdom, Rutledge explores Advent as a time of rich paradoxes, a season celebrating at once Christ's incarnation and his second coming, and she masterfully unfolds the ethical and future-oriented significance of Advent for the church."

Ongoing Classes

Intro to Spiritual Formation
Register | Sun., Oct. 18, Dec. 13, or Feb. 28 at 1 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.

Intro to Redeemer East Side
| Sun., Nov. 8, Jan. 24, or March 28 at 1 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.

Past Classes

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

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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.