Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations
Fall 2016

Updated September 26, 2016

 
Sept. 11. We welcome the Rev. Dr. Grace Kim, today's guest preacher. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a prolific author and blogger, currently teaching in the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Read her Wikipedia profile.
 
Sept. 18. The Story of FPC's Larry Crowe Property, with Bob Dodd and Bob White. Learn about how we received the property, about 10 miles east of Bloomington, and how it's been used, developed, and maintained over the years.
 
Sept. 25. Colonel John Ketcham and the History of FPC, Judy Holy and Bicentennial Taskforce. Ketcham's Wikipedia entry.
 
Oct. 2. Stewardship at First Presbyterian. Members of the church's Stewardship Committee, chaired by Derek Voskuil, will lead a discussion about the nature of giving. Here are some of the questions that will be explored: What Bible verses or church precepts speak to you about stewardship? Do you see stewardship as ministry? Is tithing part of your faith journey? How does FPC pledge and commit to Stewardship? Is your giving strategic or transactional? When your giving increases or decreases, what are some of the reasons? What motivates you to give? There should also be time for open discussion and questions about mechanics of FPC budget, etc., if desired. 
 
Oct. 9. Sustainability in Bloomington. Learn about sustainability efforts in Bloomington, with Pete Lenzen, local sustainability advocate involved with the Monroe County Energy Challenge MCEC), the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN), Earth Care Bloomington, and his home parish, the St. Paul Catholic Center. . Learn about the progress made by the MCEC and learn more about what other churches have done.
 
Oct. 16. Local Mission: Our joint, interfaith Habitat for Humanity Build coming next year. Moderated by Cathy McFarland. Longtime Habitat volunteer and FPC member Wendi Goodlett will speak, along with a partner family from Habitat, discussing HFH's impact on families, what the build will look like, and how folks from FPC can get involved.
 
Oct. 23. Is Religious Freedom An Endangered Value? Recent controversies—in Indiana and elsewhere—seemingly have politicized and polarized the issue of religious freedom.  Is religious freedom all about religious objections to Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and transgender rights?  This class will explore the meaning of religious freedom and how it is being affected—and perhaps undermined—by ongoing societal and political developments. Led by FPC member and IU law professor Dan Conkle.
 
Oct. 30. No Faith Forum due to Congregational meeting.
 
Nov. 6. No Faith Forum due to Heifer Market.
 
Nov. 13. Refugee resettlement in our local community. Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, a professor in the Department of Geography and the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, will share her experience and insights on the resettlement of refugees.  Dr. Dunn has first hand experience and extensive scholarship on the crisis of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide.  She will provide an overview of what we need to know about refugees and their resettlement; the status of Bloomington's commitment to become a refugee resettlement community, and how local organizations like FPC might participate.
 
Nov. 20. Report from the 2016 General Assembly of the PC(USA). Mihee Kim-Kort will give a brief report touching on the experiences and resolutions of this year's GA222 including the Belhar Confession, actions on the midcouncils, response to fossil fuel  divestment, and various committees formed to focus on the denomination and a way forward. 
 
Nov. 27. No Faith Forum due to Thanksgiving.
 
Dec. 4. New Developments Related to Interfaith Winter Shelter, with Dan Watts.
 
Dec. 11. Organs Old and New, with church organist Chris Young.
 
Dec. 18. Through the Years of FPC Christmas Workshops, with Carol Darling and Bicentiennial Taskforce.
 
Dec. 25. No Faith Forum due to Christmas.