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Upcoming Courses

Introduction to Leading
Prayer Online

This workshop is for everyone who is interested in leading prayer services in one of Aqueduct Project's online prayer rooms. In this skills-based workshop, we will introduce and practice the features of Zoom that best serve the purposes of community prayer online. We will also touch on the history of the online prayer movement and show participants how they can start new prayer services.

Introduction to Leading Prayer Online


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

2:00-3:00pm New York City time

Instructor: Jonathan J. Armstrong

and Melody Divine

Prayer Walking

“For the believer the grace and demand of God are mediated through the concrete situation.” This one-hour workshop will explore the physical practice of walking as a concrete practice of spiritual devotion to our Lord. We will consider tools for praying with, though, and for places along our path, and postures of being oriented to our God as we walk our city’s streets, our park’s paths, our countries’ lanes: this Biblical landscape of life.



Tuesday, October 24, 2023

8:00-9:00pNew York City time

Instructors: Matthew Dereck

and Phyliss Hammerstrom Wright

The Historicity of the
Nativity Story

What can we know about the historical facts of the Christmas story? The Gospel of Luke provides a detailed account of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and still questions remain. Andreas Gerstacker sifts through the current research with a critical eye and shows us why we can rely on the accuracy of Luke's telling of the Christmas story. This historical lecture will deepen your faith and enrich your celebration of the miracle of the birth of Jesus this Christmas season!


Benefit Lecture

Friday, December 15, 2023

2:30-3:30pm New York City time

Lecturer: Andreas Gerstacker

Host: Jonathan J. Armstrong

Praying the Moravian Daily Texts

The Moravian Daily Texts are much more than simply another devotional. Published every year since 1731, the Daily Texts include Old and New Testament passages for the reader to reflect on through the day, portions of hymns, and carefully written prayers. This one-hour workshop will discuss what these texts are and how they can be used in both personal and corporate settings.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

8:00-9:00am New York City time

Instructors: Matthew Dereck

and Anjali Abbot

Music and Singing
in Online Prayer Services

The Apostle Paul instructs the church to “address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart" (Ephesians 5:19). In this workshop, we will explore ways to incorporate music and singing into online prayer services. We will review best practices in proctoring worship videos, spotlighting solo musicians, conducting group singing, and leading liturgical readings.

Music and Singing


Monday, May 6, 2024

11:00am-12:00pm New York City time

Instructor: Jonathan J. Armstrong

Finding Mere Christianity

In his final hours, Jesus prayed that his Church would be one even as he and his Father were one (John 17:20). More often than not, however, Christians are divided into different camps on a variety of biblical and theological issues. This course will emphasize the points that unite Christians around the world and across time. Together, we will explore what it means to be united amid diversity in the Church as we seek to find mere Christianity.


6-Week Book Study

Thursdays, October 12–November 16, 2023

8:00-9:00am New York City time

Instructor: Matthew Dereck

Learning to Pray the
Prayers of Paul

In this course we will explore both the biblical theology of prayer from Paul and the prayers that Paul prayed for the churches in the letters that he penned! You will discover the key themes of Paul’s prayers, learning how to pray “Biblical Prayer” all for His Glory, and your Joy! You will gain simple tools to help you draw closer to the heart of God in prayer!


8-Week Lecture Series

Thursdays, October 19-December 14, 2023

7:00-8:00pm New York City time

Instructor: Jason Hubbard

Administrators: Anjali Abbot

and Melody Divine

Communion Online

In this one-hour workshop, we will present recommendations on practicing the Lord's Supper in an online environment. The workshop is divided into two parts. First, we will review principles from the Bible on how Communion should be celebrated. Second, we will conduct an interactive exercise in arranging an online Communion service.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

2:00-3:00pm New York City time

Instructors: David Wang

and Jonathan J. Armstrong

The Psalms: Prayer Book
for the People of God

The Psalms are the written record of the hopes, fears, and prayers of ancient Israel. In the centuries since they were written, they have served to guide the prayers of the people of God spread across the earth. This course is designed to give participants an introduction to the Psalms, specifically reflecting on how the Psalms can shape our life of prayer. Following this course, participants will be prepared to interpret the Psalms and incorporate them into personal and congregational prayer.

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6-Week Lecture Series

Thursdays, March 7-April 11, 2024

2:00-3:00pm New York City time

Instructors: Jonathan J. Armstrong

and David Wang

Saint Boniface:
Apostle to the Germans

Saint Boniface (ca. 675-754), born in Southern England as "Winfrid," became the most significant early missionary to the people of Germany. He is sometimes credited with creating the vision for the "Holy Roman Empire" of the medieval period and the notion of a "Christian Europe." In this Benefit Lecture, we will explore the sites and artifacts of his missionary work and reflect on the question of his enduring legacy.

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Benefit Lecture

Thursday, May 9, 2024

2:00-3:00pm New York City time

Instructor: Jonathan J. Armstrong

In the Footsteps of Martin Luther: The Wartburg

In this first in a series of four Benefit Lectures, we will follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther and explore one of the most significant castles in the world: the Wartburg in Eisenach, Germany.  It was here that Luther translated the New Testament from May 1521‒March 1522. We will see how Luther's translation of the Bible sustained the Reformation and how God sometimes does his most important works in our times of confinement and waiting.

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Benefit Lecture

Monday, October 16, 2023

2:00-3:00pm New York City time

Lecturer: Jonathan J. Armstrong

Moderator: Kathryn W. Armstrong

Toward a Faithful

What is the place of the Study Center in the future of Christian higher education? The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) offers the following definition: “Christian Study Centers are communities of students and scholars animated by the ancient ideal of faith seeking understanding.” After a presentation by Jonathan Friz, a panel discussion including Scott Key (C. S. Lewis Study Center in Northfield, Massachusetts) will follow.

Toward a Faithful Education


Thursday, November 16, 2023

11:00am-12:00pm New York City time

Presenter: Jonathan Friz

Panel Member: Scott Key

Lectio Divina: Learning to
Pray the Scriptures

Lectio Divina (“sacred reading”) is the ancient practice of reading the Scriptures in a meditative fashion as a guide for prayer. Developed by Benedictine monastic communities in the Middle Ages, Lectio Divina is a rich resource for prayer across many Christian traditions. This course will survey the biblical foundations for Lectio Divina as well as techniques for this method of prayer. Following this course, students will be prepared to implement Lectio Divina in times of personal prayer and in corporate prayer services.

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6-Week Lecture Series

Thursdays, January 25-February 29, 2024

8:00-9:00am New York City time

Instructor: Matthew Dereck

The Resurrection
of Jesus Christ

The resurrection is the keystone to the Christian faith. As the Apostle Paul argued, either the resurrection changes everything or Christianity is a fraud. In this Benefit Lecture, we'll attempt to harmonize the literary accounts of the resurrection in the Gospels as well as investigate the archaeology of the traditional site of the resurrection in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.


Benefit Lecture

Monday, March 25, 2024

2:00-3:00pm New York City time

Instructor: Jonathan J. Armstrong

The History of the Book
in the Biblical Era

The Bible is a collection of books. To most, this won’t be a surprise But how did the Bible come to be a collection of "books," and what do we know about books and book culture in the Biblical world? In this lecture, Brian Donnelly-Lewis will talk about the technology of writing in the years of the Bible, the tools of the trade and the contexts in which books were held and used. Tracing the transformation of book culture, we can see the deep impact that writing and reading had on the Bible until this day.

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Benefit Lecture

Saturday, June 21, 2024

11:00am-12:00pm New York City time

Instructor: Brian Donnelly-Lewis

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