Christian Formation for Adults

Do you want to grow in your understanding of the foundational and significant elements of your faith? Do you want to challenge yourself and your faith with new questions and new thinking? Come with us as we explore biblical study, spiritual formation, current events, and health and wholeness in our Adult Formation classes. For more information, contact Amey Upton, Director of Adult Formation.

Adult Formation Class: What Does It Mean to Be a Just Society? with Dr. James Muyskens

Sundays, January 10, 17 & 24, 2021 at 9:30am

The prophets Amos and Isaiah call upon God’s people to “let Justice roll down like waters.” The Founders of this nation stated in The Preamble to the American Constitution that one of its primary goals is to “establish justice.” Martin Luther King proclaimed that the “arc of history bends toward justice.” In this three-week mini-course, we will examine the fundamentals of justice, the many facets of justice, as well as inspiring moral visions of justice—too often thwarted by all-too-human moral myopia that has impeded progress “towards a more perfect union.”

Dr. James Muyskens and his wife Alda are members of Westminster Presbyterian. Prior to his recent retirement, Jim was University Professor and Interim President of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous books and articles in ethics and the philosophy of religion.

Class Documents
Session One Slides | Justice Game (for Session Two)
Session Two Slides
| Reading for Session 3

Join on Zoom

To join by telephone, please call (301) 715-8592 at the time of the event. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 965 8106 7908, followed by the # key. Passcode: formation.

2021 Book Read and Dessert & Dialogue

“Depression: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light” by Dr. W. Daniel Hale

As a psychologist, a sufferer of deep depression himself, and a father who lost his daughter to depression, Dr. Dan Hale brings deep and broad expertise to the challenges of mental illness. This January, the congregation is invited to read his book to learn about depression from various perspectives: sufferer, caregiver, parent, sibling, professional, and the church. We will form small groups, led by pastors and facilitators from WPC, to discuss the book together in early February (please sign up below to be placed in a small group). On Sunday, February 21, 2021, Dr. Hale will join us for our Virtual Dessert & Dialogue to highlight his work helping ourselves and others who suffer from these various brain disorders.

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Dr. Dan Hale is special advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Director of its Healthy Community Partnership. Dan has been a professor of Clinical Psychology, was named Mental Health Professional of the year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and writes about building healthy communities through Medical-Religious partnerships.

Sign up for a Book Read Small Group

Old and New Testament Classes with Pastor Larry Hayward

During the school year, Pastor Larry Hayward leads these in-depth courses focused on reading the Bible. In the class, you will read the entire Testament, learning the basic content of the book and exploring the text in detail. Together with the class, you’ll reflect on how those texts and the Bible as a whole impact our faith and life and what it means to view the Bible historically, as literature, and as sacred scripture. 

Old Testament Class Members Page

Adult Formation Podcast

Develop new perspectives and learn new ways to live a life of faith through our Adult Formation classes. Recordings of past Sunday morning classes are available on our Adult Formation podcast! Click below to listen:

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Join the Adult Formation Team!

It takes a vital community to plan our Adult Formation classes and programs. The Adult Formation team explores many options and together we choose topics, formats, and programs that challenge us to question and explore our faith and to grow in the love of Christ. Many hands are required to continue our high quality adult education. I invite you to join us in planning and brainstorming! Call or email Amey Upton to see how you might be able to help.

Reformed Institute Programs

The Reformed Institute was created in 2003 to address a growing need among Presbyterian churches in the Washington DC area to celebrate, support and enhance understanding of the Reformed (Presbyterian) heritage. AS a member church, Westminster and our members often participate in Reformed Institute programs and events. For more information, please visit

Remembering Congressman John Lewis
2017 Dessert and Dialogue

February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020

We join the world in mourning the passing of Congressman John Lewis. In 2017, we were honored to have Congressman Lewis join us for our Dessert & Dialogue event, in conversation with WPC affiliate member Congressman Fred Upton and moderated by political analyst Charles E. Cook. Listen to the audio recording of the event by clicking on the play button below.