Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Online Course Instructions

We're delighted to offer selected Lay School courses online. These instructions will help you get set up and get connected to your course.

Lay School webcasts

Lay School Courses

Winter:   February 8 - March 7, 2016 Spring:   April 4 - May 2, 2016

“A People for God's Name:” Believing and Belonging in Luke and Acts (webcast available)

Winter: February 8 - March 7, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God's gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too often, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the "problems" of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke and Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured—not a difficulty to be overcome. Webcast Available


Eric Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament

Food and Drink in the Biblical World (webcast available)

Spring: April 4 - May 2, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

Have you ever considered how central food and drink is to the stories, laws, poetry and images of the Scriptures? In this course we explore how food and drink functions in encounters, in moments of anxiety, in divine promise and so much more throughout the Bible. We will look at food and drink in the Torah, the historical books, the wisdom tradition, the prophets and Psalms and the New Testament. Webcast Available

Seminar Leaders:
  • Diane Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
  • Anna Grunner, Ph.D. student, Jewish Theological Seminary

Course handouts online

View course handouts for current Lay School courses.

How do I connect to my online course?

You will need a broadband (cable or DSL) connection to receive the audio and video broadcast for your webcast. A minimum speed of 2.5 Mbps is required. To verify the speed of your connection select "Begin Test" at:

The video and chat connection web address will be emailed to you 5-7 days before the webcast begins. You can test your setup with a sample video stream.

2015 - 2016 Lay School course offerings