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During this final year of our three-year journey, we are engaging in several different series that explore who we are, and the reason God gave each of us to help form our faith. Join us as we explore:
I. Christianity, Multiculturalism, and the Faith of our Neighbors
What is Truth?
Spiritual but not Religious?
Judaism and Christianity in Conversation
Buddhism and Christianity in Conversation
Christianity and Islam Working Together
II. Second Temple Judaism
Dead Sea Scrolls
III. Care of Creation
“For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies . . .”
“Give us a reverence for the earth as your own creation. . ..”
“And God saw that it was good . . . “
Through prayers, hymns, and scripture our worship praises God for the blessing of creation and invites us to care for God’s created order. In this tough time of the pandemic, many people have found solace and peace in nature. In the midst of the wobbling polar vortex that brought suffering to Texas, we noticed our dependence on resources for life and comfort. What is a faithful response to both our love for and fear of nature? This course will bring together wisdom from our Christian tradition and current knowledge to address how we can protect the earth and preserve ourselves and our fellow creatures. We invite people to join in reading and discussing To Serve and Guard the Earth by Beth Botarski as a way to explore faithful responses to our situation. Instead of listening to a lecture, people will be invited to engage in group discussion, which Dr. Elizabeth Lang will facilitate.
For questions, or to receive the book, contact Hannah Fisher, [email protected].
The past two program years, we have engaged deeply in God’s Story and in Our Story. We read through the full narrative of the Bible (all ages!) and for our Adult Formation have walked through 2000 years of Church History and Theology. This final year of the “story” series explores the third leg of the Anglican Stool, Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.
Many of you will remember the popular advertisement campaign for the Episcopal Church and the motto, “Don’t check your brains at the door.” We believe in a reasonable faith, questions are welcome, and each of our experience, collected as Community, inform our understanding of God and the world.
During this time of physical distancing we plan to offer a video each week of our schedule. Should we have the opportunity to safely gather all together at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, we will!
During this year of “My Story” I encourage everyone to get involved in at least one small group. These discipleship groups help us to grow in our faith and action as followers of Jesus. I also want to encourage each of you to write your spiritual autobiography. What does your journey of faith look like? Who are the key characters (authors, people, place, etc.), what are your big questions for God? This exercise will bear much fruit and we will have several offerings to help you in this process throughout the year. May “Your Story” and “My Story” be blessed by God!