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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.

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Schedule

The Psalms
Tues, Sep 22-Oct 6
Thinking Christianly About Politics Wed, Oct 14-28
Tips for Studying the Bible with Your Kids Sun, Oct 25
Meeting God at the Movies Wed, Oct 28
Readings in Fleming Rutledge's Advent Tues, Dec 3
Intro to Redeemer East Side To be announced
Intro to Spiritual Formation To be announced

Class Descriptions

Fall Classes

The Psalms
Register | Tues., Sept. 22-Oct. 6 at 8:30 p.m.
The Psalms are poetry and the Psalms are prayer. They show us the shape of our souls, realities deep within and things hidden and obscured for which we need focus and names. Come learn together how the Psalms guide us in saying who we are and who Jesus Christ is, in the midst of pain, joy or ordinary days.

Thinking Christianly About Politics
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| 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."

Tips for Studying the Bible with Your Kids
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| Sun., Oct. 25 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.

Meeting God at the Movies
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| Wed., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
What’s God Up To? Searching for Meaning in A Serious Man

Where is God in the midst of our suffering? How does God speak to us? What’s God up to in our lives and the world? These are the questions posed in A Serious Man, the Coen brothers’ 20th century re-imagination of the Book of Job. Come join us in discussing this classic film, its unique interpretation of a familiar Bible story, and what it means for our lives. On your own before coming to this class, watch A Serious Man (available on Netflix), as well as The Bible Project’s brief but incredibly helpful outline of the Book of Job.

A brief warning: This movie is rated R and can at times feel somewhat esoteric. A brief note from Common Sense Media: “Parents need to know that the Coen brothers' A Serious Man features extensive use of marijuana (in some cases by pre-teen boys) and lots of profanity (from 'f--k' and 's--t' on down the line). There's some sexual material as well (a distant view of a topless sunbather, a dream-sequence sex scene), and some brief but bloody moments of violence. The movie also offers viewers complex questions to ponder on the subjects of faith and religion."

Readings in Fleming Rutledge's Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ
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| 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 Redeemer East Side
2020-21 dates to be announced
Learn about the history and vision of Redeemer East Side, get acquainted with our ministries and opportunities, and dialogue with East Side staff and other congregants. This core seminar will be offered periodically during the year to help you get connected with our church and community.

Intro to Spiritual Formation
2020-21 dates to be announced
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 - in our work, relationships and neighborhoods. This core seminar will be offered periodically during the year to deepen your understanding of spiritual formation.


Past Classes

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.