Adult Education

Sundays - 9:30-10:30 a.m. In Friends Hall

The adult education programs at Saint Andrew Christian Church provide a means of developing a deeper understanding of our faith and how we can best apply our faith in ways that strengthens our community and the world. We believe the best way to learn is through dialog in a safe and respectful environment and that is what you will find here.

The Adult Education Committee strives to bring classes ranging from environmental topics, to social issues, to scriptural and theological studies. Each series is led by speakers who are experts in their field and have a passion to share with us as we continue the challenge to "seek God, create community, and practice justice" in our daily lives. 

Indigenous in Plain Sight
Facilitated by  Avis Smith (Adjunct Instructor at KU School of Social Welfare)
 Avis Smith will guide us in viewing a TED Talk by Gregg Deal, a contemporary indigenous artist/activist who focuses on issues of race relations, historical stereotype, decolonization and cultural appropriation. Afterward, Avis will lead a discussion of how white privilege discourages honest conversation and action on race, gender and class.

Foster Care in Kansas:  A Report from the Field
with Pamela Robins, Acting Executive Director
Kansas Forster and Adoptive Parents Association 
The mission is to empower, educate and advocate for Kansas foster, adoptive and kinship parents
Foster Care services in Kansas was a major focus of the Kansas City Star earlier this year.  The goal was to raise awareness of children and youth's experiences being in foster care, to highlight the roles of foster care parents, and the ongoing challenges with the system.  The presenter will provide an overview of Kansas foster care system and highlight the roles and successes families experience.  An important segment will be roles Kansas citizens care play to ensure the State fulfills its obligations to children and families.

Examining Whiteness:  Awareness, Education and Advocacy
with Dr. Becky Crouse 
In 2013 Dr. Crouse completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Saint Paul School of Theology in the Children and Poverty cohort.  Dr. Crouse researched the barriers to calling interpreters for limited English proficient patients in the Intensive Care Nursery at Children’s Mercy where she works as a chaplain.  Since 2013, Dr. Crouse has attended the White Privilege Conference and participated in a local Diversity and Dialogue group with interested persons in Warrensburg looking at issues of race and privilege in the community and the schools.  She continues her own personal journey of examining her unconscious and conscious biases and awareness of the microaggressions around her daily.  She looks forward to time to engage around these issues with our church members