From time to time we offer special classes on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
Dr. Raymond Bailey is currently leading a class on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, titled, "Reel Theology." Movies often vividly and forcefully reveal the great questions of human existence. Sometimes answers, even Christian ones, are presented, but more often they raise the questions whose answers lie in spiritual truth.
On November 7 we will begin a new video based study titled Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity. It is “an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity.”
The entire study consists of 21 sessions which are divided into three independent flights of seven units each. The first flight is called: Invitation to Journey. For seven weeks we will explore the following themes:
1. An Invitation to Journey
2. Taking the Bible Seriously
3. Thinking Theologically
4. Stories of Creation
5. Lives of Jesus
6. A Passion for Christ: Paul
7. Out Into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
The series features thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians, and ministers including Walter Brueggemann, Marcus Borg, Nancy Ammerman, James Forbes, Hans Kung, Diana Butler Bass, and many others of that caliber.
The video presentations are about 21 minutes each. I will present a brief introduction to each session and then we will interact with the video material and respond to questions raised. Our time schedule will run something like:
6:30 – 6:40 Prayer requests and prayer
6:40 – 7:30 Invitation to Journey.
I have started reviewing the material and what I have seen is excellent. This class is not designed to spoon feed us answers, but to help us ask the right questions that can lead us on a healthy, transformative spiritual path. The public is invited. All are welcome.