Participate in a small group class as an opportunity to study scripture, engage in theological reflection, deepen your faith and build relationships in a caring community.
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“Redemption: What Difference Does Jesus Make?” (Room 205) Teacher: Jane Vann
Bible Study of the preaching texts for the day.
This class will follow the theme announced by Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson for the Lenten sermon series, “Redemption: What Difference Does Jesus Make?” We will explore in depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Week-by-week we will investigate the background, setting, and dynamics of each encounter with Jesus and discuss insights and questions that emerge. Come join the conversation!
Lent Series Sermon Texts: Matthew 4:1-11; John 3:1-17; John 4:5-42; John 11:1-45; Matthew 21:1-11, 27:11-54
“The Danger of a Single Story” (Room 201) Teacher: Beverly Williamson
How might God be calling us to a deeper understanding, tolerance and love of one another’s differences? This class begins with a TedTalk by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who asks us to consider "The Danger of a Single Story." In subsequent classes we will consider how assumptions about the other can be dangerous or may be enlightening. A collection of texts by Adichie, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornel West, and Elie Wiesel will be the ground work for discussion. Literary works will be available for optional reading prior to each class.
“The Ridiculous Journey; Following a Nobody from Nowhere” (Room 213)
Jesus’ invitation to “come follow me,” invites us to become a part of his story. Why is it that his story speaks to the depths of our soul and beckons us to go on a particular journey? If his story requires so much sacrifice on our part, is it really worth it? Why should we “follow a nobody from nowhere?” Each week the class will explore these questions with discussion and a different video interview featuring: Father Greg Boyle, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Dr. Brene Brown, Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Richard Rohr, Racheld Held Evans and several poets. Teacher: Frances Baldwin
"Race and Reconciliation; The Confessions of 1967 and Belhar" (Gardner Fellowship Hall)
A variety of creeds and confessions are part of the Reformed and Presbyterian heritage. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Book of Confessions includes documents from different eras in the church’s life when the church has needed to confess its faith. The Confession of 1967 was adopted as a call for racial justice. The Confession of Belhar was written in the context of apartheid in South Africa. Both these confessions share the sentiment expressed in the Belhar Confession that “God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation. The Belhar Confession was adopted last summer at the PC(USA)General Assembly Meeting. This study and discussion will help us understand these two confessions and to claim the ministry of reconciliation in a world and church deeply divided by race, nation, gender, economic status, and religion. Participants may purchase a study workbook ($8 from FPCA) and view the film Invictus available on loan from the church library. Teachers: Rev. Susan Denne, Sarah Thornburg