Educational and spiritual growth opportunities at Church of the Palms United Church of Christ, Sun City, Arizona

Educational and spiritual growth opportunities

The Church of the Palms offers several educational opportunities to assist folks in their spiritual journeys.

SUNDAY MORNING DISCUSSION (8:30 AM -9:30 AM)  Starting May 13, 2018, we will begin Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication taught by: Professor Bart D. Ehrman, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The discussion group is led by Debby Stinton. Come for one or come for all! We enjoy the diversity of conversation and fellowship.

May 13th – The Diversity of Early Christianity
May 20th – Christians Who Would Be Jews
May 27th – Christians Who Refuse To Be Jews
June 3rd – Early Gnostic Christianity – Our Sources
June 10th – Early Christian Gnosticism – An Overview
June 17th – The Gnostic Gospel of Truth
June 24th – Gnostics Explain Themselves
July 1st – The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
July 8th – Thomas’ Gnostic Teachings
July 15nd – Infancy Gospels
July 22th – The Gospel of Peter
July 29th – The Secret Gospel of Mark
August 5th – The Acts of John
August 12th – The Acts of Thomas
August 19th – The Acts of Paul and Thecia
August 26th – Forgeries in the Name of Paul
September 2nd – The Epistle of Barnabas
September 9th – The Apocalypse of Peter
September 16th – The Rise of Early Christian Orthodoxy
September 23rd – Beginnings of the Canon
September 30th – Formation of the New Testament Canon
October 7th – Interpretation of Scripture
October 14th– Orthodox Corruption of Scripture
October 21st – Early Christian Creeds


May 7th
“Jesus for the Non-Religious” by John Shelby Spong
In this lecture, Spong explores the meaning of ‘Christ,’ images of Messiah, how Christ has been experienced through the ages, and how the divinity of Christ has its ultimate expression in a fulfilled humanity.

Starting May 13th…
“Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God”
Join preeminent New Testament Scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul’s footsteps throughout the Roman Empire. This study explores fresh insights into Paul’s message of Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle’s radical relevance for today.

May 28  NO CLASS (Memorial Day)


May 8  “What is a Spiritual Director/Companion?  By Kay Klinkenborg and Debby Stinton…George Wall will be in charge of cooking breakfast.

June 12,  July 10  and August 14:  Our board will take responsibility for summer breakfasts…breakfast will be continental style.  Programs TBA.


May 18:  The Ghost Writer
June 15:  The Sense of an Ending

SUNDAY AFTERNOON LIFELONG LEARNING (1:30-3 PM)  White Privilege Part 1 led by Debby Stinton…we are presenting this to determine if there is an interest in a program time that will be available for those who work during the week.  This class will begin on June 24 and run for 5 weeks.