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THIS COURSE WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR THE FALL OF 2020 GIVEN THE PRESBYTERY’S NEW HEALTH GUIDELINES ON MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS
See Letter from General Presbytery

Once rescheduled for the fall of 2020, this course will bring church leaders and experts together to explore current cultural and generational challenges to the church, resources for renewing the church for public witness, and aspects of Theology and Public Policy–all within a Reformed framework. The course will include presentations and seminar-style discussion, and required readings (to be posted soon). A chance to read, discuss, and hear from expert leaders in our region.

NEW FLYER WILL BE FORTHCOMING, but see description of instructors below. For more information, contact [email protected]

Theme: “Growing Into the Reformed Christian Faith”

We had a wonderful Retreat for Confirmation-Age Youth over leap year weekend!  Six churches with over 35 youth attended and explored where Presbyterians fit in the Christian family, challenging aspects of God’s grace and sovereignty, and how to live in and help reform the Church!

Videos of Matt Taylor’s presentations available here!

Session 1: Family Trees

Session 2: Living by Grace in the Reformed Tradition

Session 3: How to Be a Lifelong Church Member and Bible Lover

For all Churches in the National Capital Presbytery

(RI member churches with discount!)

February 28, 29 and March 1

(from Friday evening through Sunday morning)

Location: Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike
Adamstown, MD 21710

Cost: $125 per student (if reserved by Feb. 15) – Thanks to a Presbytery grant! Scholarships available.

$165 per leader ($100/leader for RI member churches!)

This retreat engaged our youth with the Reformed Vision of being Christian, being part of the Church,  and their relevance today!

Our leader was Dr. Matt Taylor, Protestant Scholar of the Institute of Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, who wowed us last year!

Special thanks to Mary Hill and Beth Williams for their planning and leadership!

Retreat for Confirmation 2020 flyer

Retreat for Confirmation 2020 schedule

Featuring Dr. Cynthia Rigby, the W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Videos Available!

Excellent Convocation Address, Responses and Discussion held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC


Guest Speaker

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby
Austin Theological Seminary

Reformed Christians and Public Life: How Can We Speak to a Frayed Society?

Video of Dr. Rigby’s Presentation Here

Video of Responses and Discussion

Download Flyer with Bios

How can Christians and the Church speak to torn civic life with healing and hope?”  As Reformed Christians, how do we represent the Gospel in spaces, places, and communities that don’t speak the same theological language that we speak? Given the antipathy to organized religion and “religious”  people,  how do we regain trust as dialogue partners with others?  And what is it, exactly, that we have to offer to the brokenness we all share in and are trying to heal?  A number of Reformed themes address this question: Grace, Forgiveness, Restoration, Irreplaceable personhood.   In a world where you can only get what you can pay for,  where forgiveness is elusive,  where restoration (for example of failed civic leaders)  seems impossible,  and where everyone believes that “no one is irreplaceable,” we worship a God who tells us differently. But how do we get  this good news out to the wider church and to society?

Dr. Rigby is a prolific scholar, gifted teacher, and accomplished preacher and speaker. Her most recent book, Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith (Abingdon Press, 2018), weaves the doctrines of the church into the rhythms and practices of everyday life. Her scholarship includes books on social righteousness, protestant perspectives of Mary, feminist theology, power in theology and scripture, and more. Rigby is an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and serves on the board of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

Responses were given by Rev. Jessica Tate of “Next Church,” and Rev. John Molina-Moore, General Presbyter of the National Capital Presbytery

Friday, September 13 thru Sunday, September 15 with Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby

What if “play” is our real work— creative work through which the Holy Spirit guides us more fully into being who we are, as children of God?

You are invited to a Church Retreat with:

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Schedule (join us as much as you can)

Friday 6:30pm – 8:00pm (with dinner)
Saturday 9:00am – 3:30pm (with lunch)
Sunday 9:00am – Noon, Inter-generational Class, Worship (10:00am), and Potluck

Cost only $10 or $25 per family (child friendly)

Register at https://www.heritagechurchva.org/fallretreat or call 703-360-9546

Download the Event Flyer


Guest Speaker

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby
Austin Theological Seminary

Professor Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. The Dallas Morning News called Professor Rigby “one of the great theologians of our time.”>Connections (Westminster John Knox); the first volume was published in 2018.

An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby’s latest book is Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith (Abingdon Press, 2018). She is also the author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Witherspoon Press, 2010) and is co-editor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (Duke University Press, 1997). She is currently completing a book on Christian feminist theology for Baker Academic Press and a book on “grace and play”.

Professor Rigby is the co-chair of the Reformed Theology and History Unit of the American Academy of Religion, where she has been an active member since 1993. She has been a member of the Workgroup on Constructive Theology for sixteen years. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

This event will be rescheduled in the Fall due to the present health crisis.  Thank you all for your understanding, and prayers for your safety and wellness.

Was scheduled for Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3 with Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby

What if “play” is our real work— creative work through which the Holy Spirit guides us more fully into being who we are, as children of God?

You are invited to a Church Retreat with:

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Schedule (join us as much as you can)

Friday 6:30pm – 8:00pm (with dinner)
Saturday 9:00am – 3:30pm (with lunch)
Sunday 9:00am – Noon, Inter-generational Class, Worship (10:00am), and Potluck

Cost only $10 or $25 per family (child friendly)

Register at https://www.heritagechurchva.org/churchretreat or call 703-360-9546


Guest Speaker

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby
Austin Theological Seminary

Professor Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. The Dallas Morning News called Professor Rigby “one of the great theologians of our time.”>Connections (Westminster John Knox); the first volume was published in 2018.

An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby’s latest book is Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Faith (Abingdon Press, 2018). She is also the author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Witherspoon Press, 2010) and is co-editor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (Duke University Press, 1997). She is currently completing a book on Christian feminist theology for Baker Academic Press and a book on “grace and play”.

Professor Rigby is the co-chair of the Reformed Theology and History Unit of the American Academy of Religion, where she has been an active member since 1993. She has been a member of the Workgroup on Constructive Theology for sixteen years. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

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