I am delighted to host a “Women’s Discussion Group” on Wednesday, December 6th at 10:30 am to chat about what we want as a group going forward. In the past, the group has been a Bible study, but I have been in conversation with some women here in the church, and we were thinking we could expand the discussions to current topics and issues that we have specifically as women. Plus, it is a great opportunity to make new women friends here at the Church.
Tuesdays 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Led by Mary Whitlock
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.”