Gloria Dei Adult Education

The Adult Education hour on Sunday morning is off for the summer. Please join us for worship and our other special educational opportunities as they present themselves throughout the year. Current events and opportunities can be found through our printed yellow pages, our monthly Intercom Newsletter and our E-News. You may request these communications through our Contact Us tab on this website.

Sundays, 10:00 – 10:55 a.m., Fireside Room

September 9 and 16

The Myth Of Lone Ranger Christianity 

The adult Practical Theology Sunday forum will kick off with a two-session examination of the critical importance of the church to the Body of Christ. The biblical testimony will serve as the foundation for an exploration of what the church is meant to be, and what changes might make it more relevant for contemporary society.  Pastor Bob Keller and Pastor Randy Faro will facilitate the discussions.

September 23

Gloria Dei Ministry Fair

Gloria Dei is a place of ministry within our congregation, throughout our community, and in the world.  We Gather.  We Grow.  We Go.  

There are many ways to plug in to the ministries we share.  The Ministry Fair is a great way to learn about new opportunities and celebrate traditions.  Browse the fair or staff a table for a ministry you are passionate about.  

To host a table, please contact the church office and ask for Beth Tobin or Beth Heitz.

September 30

The Bible Float Parade!

Line the parade route and cheer on our learners as they go around the church block!  Sunday School classes for two year-olds through High School will be parading floats they have built featuring a Bible story they have studied for the month of September.  The parade will follow biblical order and end with time for viewing floats up close in the Gathering Space.  Everyone is encouraged to talk with the students about their float, the story it represents and what they feel is important for us to learn from the story.
A complete listing of the stories being studied and represented by a float will be featured on our Gloria Dei Kids website: and also on the children’s bulletin board at church.  


October 7, 14, 21, 28

Growing in Our Relationship with God

Facilitated by Bob Delastrada


October 7, Pastor Paul Lundborg — Spirituality in a Lutheran Context

Pastor Paul has been serving Lutheran congregations for 37 years. His post graduate work involved the Language of Spirituality in the Lutheran Tradition.


October 14, Mary Solberg — The Ancient Prayer Practice of Lectio Divina

Mary Solberg organizes and leads Contemplative retreats and teaches Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach. She is an alumnus of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School and continues to volunteer with that organization. A long time member of the prayer community at St. Michaels in Olympia, Mary is grounded in the practices of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.

Lectio Divina, or sacred reading, is a way of entering into conversation with God. Both Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer cultivate the gift of contemplation.  The presentation will include the opportunity to learn by experience.


October 21, Mary Solberg — Centering Prayer, A Contemporary Gateway to Contemplation

Centering Prayer is a method of silent resting in God’s Presence that adds depth and meaning to all forms of prayer and facilitates a deepening of one’s relationship with God.  The presentation will include the opportunity to learn by experience.  More about Mary may be read above.


October 28, Sister Monika Ellis, OSB — The Role of Spiritual Direction on the Spiritual Journey

Sister Monika is one of several Spiritual Directors at St. Placid’s Priory in Lacey. Her work involves deep listening to individuals walk with God. As a gifted discerner, intuitive listener and faithful companion she helps people try to understand the direction for their lives. The call to do this work was affirmed over 10 years ago in her appointment as membership director of the St. Placid community. She is available to anyone seeking help in knowing God’s Will for their lives!

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Conference Room

September 19 and 26, October 3 and 10

2018 The Year of Mark

The first of the gospels, Mark created a sensation. In Rome you might say it was #1 on the best-seller list.  Matthew and Luke, when they later wrote, looked to Mark as the primary source for telling the story of Jesus.  Loads of fascinating questions: Why was it written?  When?  Who was Mark anyway?  What was this new thing he called “the euangelium”, the gospel?  Why no mention of Jesus birth?  Why no resurrection appearances?  What is the Messianic secret?  (“Don’t tell anyone.”) What is “the little apocalypse” (Mark 13)?  Pastor Paul Wee will facilitate this study.  

October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14

Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most

Late in his life, Marcus Borg provided a summary of a lifetime of research, teaching, and reflection on the historical Jesus and his meaning and importance for the life of the church. Called “a manifesto for progressive Christians”, Convictions is Borg at his best and most provocative. Join us for a 5-week book study led by retired pastor, John Rosenberg. New and used copies of the book are widely available through local bookstores (check out Browsers or Orca Books) or from Amazon.