Adult Education and Spiritual Growth

"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,  continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6)  

The Challenges and Opportunities of Religious Pluralism

Sundays, Jan 9 – Jan 30, 2022

At 9:45 am

Online while worship is online only

Please join us as the Adult Spiritual Growth class begins a new series on January 9, 2022, on the topic of Religious Pluralism.
This series was created by the Reformed institute and will be an appropriate contrast to our recent and continuing series on the Confessions of the PCUSA.  As we have been learning more about our own Reformed Faith, it is also good to consider how we share our world with others who may not believe as we do.

Pluralism will be addressed as it relates to public life, ideas of “a chosen nation,” anti-immigrant movements, engaging in interfaith dialog as a community, personal friendships & neighbors with other faiths, sharing our buildings with people of other faith traditions, and other aspects of our lives.   What does God, the Bible, and our Reformed Tradition teach us about how to address these issues in our contemporary life? The series includes both video and participant discussion. 


The class will meet via Zoom while we are unable to have in-person class or worship. The zoom link is provided in each Friday Weekly Word email.

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The 20th Century Confessions

Sunday Mornings in February

In February the Adult Class will be concluding our study of the Confessions of the PCUSA by learning about the four Confessions written and adopted in the 20th Century.  Please join us to understand more about the issues that divided Christians (and society) and to learn how our Reformed Tradition addressed those issues.   


Ongoing – Virtual Classes

Global Perspectives Group

Mondays at 2 pm

This group is led by FPC members who currently live in Lima, Peru. We often get updates on Qatar or other parts of the mid-east from another member living abroad.  We talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and about other international topics, religious variety in different countries, and issues from other places in the U.S we know about from our families or friends. Some of us have made new friends or get to spend time with friends who are far away.  The Zoom link is always in the Friday Weekly Word email.  

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First Presbyterian Church is a Sponsor of The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington

In 2013, First Presbyterian Church became a sponsoring member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington (RI). The RI is an organization that was established in 2003 "to promote understanding and awareness of the Reformed Tradition among the staff and members of Presbyterian churches located in the Washington area."  Its purpose is to help the churches in this presbytery live up to one of the basic principles of the Reformed Tradition – to ensure an educated laity. 

FPC Arlington has benefitted from many of the RI programs – the Confirmation Retreat, many of its classes, the annual convocation, and its Company of Teachers. As a sponsoring church of the Reformed Institute, First Presbyterian members are invited to participate in all of the RI adult education programs.  RI offers half-day, one day or short series adult education formats during the year for sponsoring church members. 

One member of our staff and a member of our congregation serve on the Board of Directors.  As members of the Board of Directors, we are involved in determining the programs that are offered, development activities, staffing decisions, etc.  We are expected to actively support the programs of the Institute by encouraging our members, friends, and community to participate in their offerings, and to take the things we learn and put them to use in our own congregation.


For more information on the Reformed Institute, visit their website at: