We invite you to open your mind and connect with what is deepest in your heart by joining us for study, conversation, reflection, and prayer.
Our classes are designed to be intellectually engaging and spiritually enriching to help you explore what you believe and grow in faith. In some classes you may consider the implications of religious faith for daily living or learn about the Bible and the basic themes of Reformed theology. In others you will experience Christian prayer practices or engage in discussion about a variety of compelling contemporary issues. Bring your curiosity and questions! You will not be told what to think but instead given the opportunity to process ideas with others.
SUNDAY CLASSES 8:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Discussion Group. Congregational Hall. Discussion led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray. Check calendar for meeting dates.
SUNDAY CLASSES 11:15 a.m.
The Pastoral Care of John Calvin. Sun., Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Before he was a theologian or reformer, John Calvin was first and foremost a pastor. The Rev. Brian Ballard leads us through an exploration of some of Calvin’s letters and sermons to catch a glimpse of Calvin as a pastoral caregiver to those whom God entrusted to him. Through the letters and sermons, you will see Calvin’s heart for pastoral ministry and how his pastoral care shaped his theology.
The Rev. Deanna Hollas, Gun Violence Ministry Coordinator. Sun., March 8, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Rev. Hollas is the first pastor in the United States to be ordained specifically for the work of gun violence prevention. She shares the work that Presbyterians are doing around the country concerning this issue and helps us consider the work our congregation may be called to do in the future to prevent gun violence.
The Geography of the Gospels. Sun., March 15, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Dr. Joshua Yoder guides us through the itinerant ministry of Jesus Christ as described in the four Gospels. Learn more about the religious and political significance of the places Jesus visited, with a special focus on locations that our choir will explore on their Middle East tour this summer.
History of Modern Israel. Sun., March 22, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi, faculty member at Hebrew University, provides a basic introduction to the history of modern Israel. This class is a part of a spring series in preparation for the 2020 Choir Tour to the Middle East.
Bible from Scratch - Fourth Thursday of the month - 7:00 p.m. Converse House Parlor
One Book, One Church: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, by Yosi Klein Halevi. Our 2020 book selection has been made in partnership with the Community Forum and our summer Choir Tour to the Middle East. Lyrical and evocative, Letters to My Palestinian Neighboris one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi endeavors to untangle the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly a century. Using history and personal experience as his guides, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel. Books available from the BMPC Book Center for $5.00.
The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series began in 1997 in conjunction with our congregation’s 125th anniversary. The forums were endowed by the Anna and Herbert H. Middleton, Sr. Fund of our church Foundation and have been offered as a service to the community at large. The forums are free and open to the public. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by a time for questions.
Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series. Mon., April 27, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Our Community Forum presenter is Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His presentation will focus on his latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, a New York Times bestseller. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative, which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity, and Israel. Halevi’s 2013 book, Like Dreamers, won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. He writes for leading op-ed pages, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic.
The Book Center
Books for children and adults are available for sale at Book Center table in the gym following worship. Books also may be purchased weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Book Center cabinets in the Ministries Center Court. Key is available at the Reception Desk.
The Library is on the second floor of the Ministries Center. When you enter the Ministries Center, there is a ramp on the left that leads to the library. (The ramp is before you reach the steps to the Court.) Follow the ramp, and look for signs directing you to the library. Special collections including Presbyterian and Reformed history and theology, comparative religion, spiritual growth, social issues, Christian classics and BMPC history and local history. The Library is open whenever the Ministries Center is open. A sampling of books are located on the racks in the Ministries Center Court next to the Book Center.