MC hosts Presbytery of East Tennessee's School of the Laity

MC hosts Presbytery of East Tennessee's School of the Laity

Aug. 28, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Wilson
865-671-4132 or

Interested in learning more about your faith?

Curious about the Bible, Reformed Theology or our Presbyterian heritage?

Thinking about the possibility of accepting a leadership opportunity?

Then we have an innovative program just for you.

Since the Fall of 2010, the Presbytery of East Tennessee has been offering a School of the Laity to an evolving group of interested and enthusiastic students who would love to have you join them. You do not need to be an elder to take these classes; they’re an opportunity for anyone to participate in some in-depth learning and discussion.

The School offers six courses, rotating over two years. Each course stands alone, so you may begin at any point, and take them in any order.

One year includes: Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament, and Bible Study for Interpretation and Application.

The other year includes: Christian Ethics, Reformed Theology, and History of Christianity.

This fall, the School is offering Introduction to the Old Testament, taught by Dr. Phillip Sherman, MC assistant professor of religion, and Dr. Peggy Cowan, MC professor emerita of religion.

The School will meet on the campus of Maryville College on September 29 and October 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch at the cafeteria provided.

The registration forms (mail-in and on-line) and suggested readings will be posted on the School of the Laity page of the Presbytery of East Tennessee.

The cost for this course is $65, and registration is due by September 15.

For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Wilson at or 865-671-4132

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.