Seminars lecture series and short courses on a variety of topics are planned for the coming months.

In Northern Virginia, Partners, a religious community of trained lay adult educators, offers four six-week courses on different topics: "Old Testament Studies," Wednesdays, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., Oct. 5 to Nov. 9, simultaneous classes at St. Philips's Catholic Church, 7506 St. Philip's Ct., Falls Church and Missionhurst, 4651 N. 25th Rd., Arlington. "Tools for Christian Growth," Tuesdays, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., Oct. 4 to Nov. 8, St. Ann's Church, 5310 N. 10th St., Arlington.

"The Church as Caring Community," Tuesdays, 7:45 to 9:45 p.m., Oct. 4 to Nov. 8 Rock Spring Congregational Church, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. "How to Find Your Gift and Ministry," Thursdays, 8 to 10 p.m., Oct. 6 to Nov. 10, St. Bernadette's Church, 7600 Keene Hill Rd., Springfield.

There is a $20 charge for the courses, which are open to all. For details call Rhoda Nary: 538-6132.

Christ Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3116 O St., NW, will begin a continuing weekly seminar series on reconciliation on Sunday, 9:45 to 10:45, with the opening lecture by Dean Francis Sayre of the Washington Cathedral. No charge.

"Black Women and the Christian Religion" is a three session course offered by the University of the District of Columbia's School of Continuing Education. Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m., beginning Oct. 1, Fee, $3 a session.

The interlenominationa, New Life Series of Bible study and Christian commitment sessions begins Monday, Oct. 3, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street NW at 10 a.m. The Rev. Everett Fullam, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Darien, Conn., directs the study. Offering.