Religious Education


On this page you will find the notecards for our classes at First UCC Second Life.  The notecards are organized by class and appear in the order in which they are used.  Generally, there is one notecard for each week the class meets.

Our classes use seminary level material and are designed for the mature learner.  We do that in an effort to help our friends and members cultivate the tools needed to do Bible and religious topics study on their own.  We also believe that the underlying meanings in the ancient texts are best discovered in their historical and cultural context.  The classes are designed, however, to be a fun experience of discovery and no previous Bible study, religion study or experience is necessary.  Nor is it necessary to attend every week, although we suggest trying to attend regularly for the best experience and the greatest learning.  Each class is offered three times during the week to maximize as much as we can opportunities to participate.

A complete schedule of religious education classes, worship and other events can be found on our calendar page.

Bible Study Classes are offered three times each week:  Tuesdays at 8 a.m. SLT, Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The content of the classes changes weekly, so each session in a given week is based on the same material.  We do that to provide multiple opportunities for our friends and members to participate.

Second Life time (SLT) is identical to US Pacific.

Bible Study Fundamentals - A two-week introductory course - December 19 through December 28 (except Tuesday, Dec. 26)

This two-week introductory class is designed to provide some helpful background to the study of Biblical texts.  The instructor is the Rev. Dr. Jerold Garber (aka in Second Life as Jerome Newstart).  The course title is a link to the class notecard  as a .txt file.

Never participated in a Bible study?  The first class in our fundamentals course will introduce you to some common themes in Biblical studies.  We'll explore the influences of ancient cultures on the texts and consider the lenses we use to read them today.

Dec. 19 and 21 -- Fundamentals of Bible Study

The ancient peoples viewed the universe and our world very differently than we do today.  This second class in our fundamentals course will provide an overview of how the people for whom the Bible was written viewed the natural world.

 December 28 -- Cosmology and Origins

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