Living the Questions

Your Board of Lifelong Learning presents –

“Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity”

a weekly program starting Monday, May 1, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. hosted by Debby Stinton, Assistant Pastor. The program will be offered for approximately 12 weeks. This DVD series was written and produced by Jeff Procter-Murphy and David Felton, United Methodist Pastors.

“Living the Questions is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers. LtQ creates an environment where participants not only interact with one another in exploring the best of today’s theological thought, but together strive to explore what’s next for Christianity.”

Let’s do some God-talk!

May 1st – An Invitation to Journey & Taking the Bible Seriously
May 8th – Thinking Theologically & Stories of Creation
May 15th – Lives of Jesus & A Passion for Christ: Paul
May 22nd – Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
May 29th – Restoring Relationships & The Prophetic Jesus
June 5th – Evil, Suffering & A God of Love, plus The Myth of Redemptive Violence
June 12th – Practicing Resurrection &
Debunking the Rapture
June 19th – Reclaiming the World
June 26th – A Kingdom with Walls & Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision
July 3rd – Incarnation: Divinely Human & Prayer: Intimacy with God
July 10th – Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry & Creative Transformation
July 17th – Embracing Mystery

“The Jesus Diaries”

INCHWORMS
Tuesdays 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Led by Mary Whitlock

The Jesus Diaries
The Jesus Diaries

Consider what Jesus means to you as we read and discuss these nine, original, short essays from the Stillspeaking Writers’ Group. Includes blank pages at back to write your own words about who Jesus is to you. 48 pages. Paper.

The Stillspeaking Writers’ Group is made up of United Church of Christ ministers, pastors, and authors who collaborate on a variety of resources for people in the church, outside the church, and not so sure about the church. Their motto: “Hearing God where you live (and other surprising places).”

Tentative Schedule for Discussions:

April 18th: “INCONSISTENT ON JESUS” by Lillian Daniel … Lillian writes of different ways she perceives and experiences Jesus … imagines a long table to which Jesus has welcomed all sorts of “sinning misfits,” including her…

April 25th: “NOT ASHAMED OF JESUS” by Tony Robinson … Tony says he was accustomed to the idea that he was to help others, but less accustomed to and comfortable with the idea that he might need help.

May 2nd: “JESUS AND THE CHURCH IN CONFLICT” by Kenneth Samuel … He tells the story of his childhood friend, Stevie… writes of his decision to deviate from the formula for a successful megachurch.

May 9th: “OF WINDOWS AND BODIES” by Quinn Caldwell … How the church strengthened and confirmed Quinn’s faith in ways that neither study nor emotions managed to do…

May 16th: “SAVED EARLY BY JESUS” by Donna Schaper … Donna mentions a particular person, Pastor Witte, who showed Jesus to her. … she goes on to say what that ancient term, “Lord” means for her.

May 23rd: “THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS” by Ron Buford … Ron writes of himself as “black, orphaned, adopted, gay and liberal.” Ron writes, “What is it about a living Jesus who defies the limits of cultural packaging?”

May 30th: “SEEING JESUS IN THE NIGHT SKY,” by William Green … He compares Jesus to a telescope that helps us to see, and understand, the distant God…Bill distinguishes between “the faith of Jesus” and “faith in Jesus.”

June 6th: “THE GIVER OF SECOND CHANCES” by Christina Villa … Tina describes Jesus on the cross as “some kind of ultimate protest, a refusal to accept,” and later says that Jesus is “the ultimate champion of the underdog.”

June 13th: “GOD WITH A FACE” by Martin Copenhaver … God can seem vague, like a “sacred blur,” writes Martin. But Jesus is “one who makes God real for me.”

Welcome, new members!

We are continually delighted by the new folks coming into our church life! Our next class of new members will be received on April 30, with an orientation session and dinner on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.

If you have been considering membership or associate membership, we would love to include you! Give the office a call or sign the Covenant Book in the entry area on Sunday.

“The Apostle” showing at Cosmic Christians discussion group

The Cosmic Christians discussion group is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:30 am, Jack Evans will be showing the movie, “The Apostle” with Robert Duvall to our group as an enhancement to our discussion of the parable “Hidden Treasure”, Matthew 13:44.

The movie presents the theme of being seduced by what we think is good into action with an immoral outcome. Jack tells us that the movie also gives us a different and sympathetic perspective on fundamentalists. We invite anyone who wishes to come to join us. For more information, contact Linette Stenberg (623-334-9197) or curlinsten@msn.com .