Lay Academy

Lay Academy: A Series of Adult Education Classes

Lay Academy is a series of adult education classes offered in five separate terms from September to May. Classes are open to the general public in addition to the Trinity congregation. Study topics are of general interest as well as for spiritual growth. Some recent topics have been “Scriptural Foundations for Justice,” “Preparing for Christmas with St. Francis,” “Conversations on Race: Where Have We Been, Where Are We, and Where Are We Going in Tallahassee?” and a book study of Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth. See a partial list of past sessions here. 

Fall 2022 Session

We have many different offerings this fall! Read about each below and register to attend. Wednesday Night Dinners will be held each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Reservation is required. 

Special Session on Ballot Amendments

One night only

Wednesday, September 7 | 6:30 p.m.

With the upcoming election in November, being informed about some of the issues facing elected officials at the local, state, and national levels is critically important. Trish Neely, president of the Tallahassee League of Women Voters, will explain the amendments that will be on the ballot. 

Dinner will be served at 5:30 (reservation required).

Informed Voter Class

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Room 305

This class is intended to help us better understand the issues at stake.  The class will meet in person and on Zoom to hear from speakers on changes in voting laws in Florida; education issues at the state and local levels; research on gun violence and affordable housing (local issues that Trinity and other Tallahassee congregations have identified as crucial for our city); the Florida United Methodist Conference’s work on child advocacy and racial justice.

List of Speakers:

September 14

Supervisor of Elections, Mark Earley, will speak about the changes in Florida election laws.

September 21

Joy Frank, former General Counsel for the Florida Association of District School superintendents, will speak about education issues likely being considered by the Florida Legislature in the near future and how last session’s laws on education are being implemented through rules and policies.

September 28

Gun violence is an increasing problem in Tallahassee and other cities.  Learn about some of the programs that have been successful in addressing this issue from A. J. Mealor, a representative of the Capital Area Justice Ministry’s research group on gun violence.

October 5

The need for affordable housing in Tallahassee is a major concern and a complex issue. Bob Deyle will share some of the information gathered by the Capital Area Justice Ministry’s research group on affordable housing.

October 12

The Florida United Methodist Conference partners with Florida Impact to End Hunger to advocate for children experiencing hunger.  Hear from Kelli Greene, the Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager at Florida Impact to End Hunger about the issue and some of their proposed solutions. 

October 19

Issues of racial justice continue to impact many in our community, state, and nation. 

Rev. David Williamson, Co-chair, Public Policy and Witness of the Bishop’s Taskforce on Anti-racism will discuss some of these issues and some of the ways in which the church is tackling them

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Hats & Mats

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Hats: Nancy Lachance will lead participants in using a loom to make hats that will be distributed to homeless people, individuals going through chemotherapy, and others needing warm hats.

Mats: In the Mats class, Rose Glenn will guide participants in making mats from plastic bags for homeless people.  There are roles in this process for people who can crochet or want to learn how, as well as for cutting the bags and making “plarn.”

Parenting Village

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

They say it takes a village…come join ours! This is a great time to get to know other parents at Trinity and have some discussion and support time.

Guitar Group

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Moor Hall

Bring your guitar and enjoy some casual playing time with other Trinity musicians in the Guitar class.

Men's Group

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Bill Fritchman leads a Men’s Group that combines Bible study and fellowship.

Becoming Fit Outdoors

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday evenings, be part of Becoming Fit Outdoors and join Jaqui Griffith as she leads hikes on various Tallahassee trails.

Disciple Fast Track

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Ruth Ann High leads this study focused on the Old Testament. Buy the book here. 

Disciple 4: Under the Tree of Life

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Rev. Bob Gibbs will teach this class. Participants must have completed Disciple 1 previously. Buy book here