Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations
2018

Jan. 7. - Waking Up White, a book by Debby Irving. Irving describes her journey away from racial ignorance. She shares her study racism and strategies for its undoing while working to educate other white people confused and frustrated by racism. The book comes highly recommended by our Synod of Lincoln Trails. This presentation will be an introduction to the book and offer an optional opportunity to join a discussion group that will read and discuss the book in more detail. The tentative plan, subject to change, is for those interested in a deeper discussion to meet twice a month on Wednesday afternoons in February and March. Presented by Allan Edmonds. 

 

Jan. 14. - Up close introduction to our new organ. Meet with organist Chris Young at the console on the chancel. Maybe he’ll let you play a note! The move down to Room 7, where Jeff Main, chair of the Organ Taskforce, will talk about the process that led to this organ.

 

Jan. 21. - Environmental Challenges in Some of Our Most Iconic National Parks. With Norm Holy.

 

Jan. 28. - Characteristics of the Most Successful Churches. With visiting minister, the Rev. David Davis, of Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ.

 

Feb. 4. - Touring Protestant Reformation Sites, Part 1. With our pastor Andy Kort, as he shares his photos, insights and experiences from his trip this fall.

 

Feb. 11. - The New "Glory to God" Presbyterian Hymnal. Come find out the strong points of this new hymnal and why the Worship Committee is recommending that we adopt it now. With members of our Worship Committee.

 

Feb. 18. - Godly Play. Our church's new children's Sunday School curriculum. Come learn more about what it is and how it works. With Kathy Hollinger and Karen Hahn. 

 

Feb. 25. -  Our Church's Mission Priorities. With members of the Outreach and Mission Committee, chair David Giedroc.

 

Mar. 4. - Touring Protestant Reformation Sites, Part 2. With our pastor Andy Kort.

 

Mar. 11. - Spring Break.  No Faith Forum.

 

Mar. 25. - The Plight of the Kurds. With Sharon Ackerman.

 

Apr. 1. - Easter. No Faith Forum.

 

Apr. 8. -  Current Trends in Contemporary Islamic Thought. Presented by Kevin Jaques, professor of religious studies at IU. Topic is tentative. 

 

Apr. 15. - What is  being done about Indiana's opioid addiction crisis? Presented by Joyce Krothe and colleagues.  

 

Apr. 22. -  The Issues Before the 2018 Presbyterian General Assembly. With Susan McGhee, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley.

 

Apr. 29. -  The new children's story Bible "Growing in God's Love" will be introduced by Associate Pastor Kim Adams, who contributed several of the 150 stories. This is the first such book to use inclusive language, recent scholarship, and divers illustrations that are both contemporary and what we imagine the biblical world to be like.

 

May 6. - Developing Plans for a Bloomington Detox Center. Presented by Dwayne Gordon, Bloomington Wheeler Mission director.

 

May 13. - Interfaith Conversations. With Rabbi Brian Besser of Bloomington's Congregation Beth Shalom.

 

May 20. - (Last day of Church School year) Evaluation and Planning. With members of the Adult Chrisitian Education Committee. Grab a cup of coffee and stop by to review programs from the last year and suggest ideas for next year.

Sept. 9. Executive Presbyter Susan McGee will visit with us to talk about actions taken at last summer’s PC(USA) General Assembly. What actions were take? What actions weren’t taken? What are the consequences?

 

Sept. 16. Mihee Kim-Kort introduces ideas from her new book Outside the Lines. How can embracing queerness can transform faith. Canelled due to illness. 

 

Sept. 23. Judy Holy and Bob Dodd of our Bicentennial Taskforce will discuss the life and work of Austin Seward, one of our church’s founding fathers.

 

Sept. 30. Non-partisan discussion of election issues, moderated by Bill McGregor. The focus will be on issues facing our democracy, with George Hegeman from the League of Women Voters. A follow-up discussion is planned for Oct. 14.

Oct. 7. Stewardship and our Church’s Mission. Discussion led by Boyd Hahn, chair of the Stewardship Committee.

 

Oct. 14. Non-partisan discussion of election issues and candidates: likely outcomes, and possible consequences. Moderated by Bill McGregor, with guest Russell Hanson, retired professor of political science at IU and expert on political polling.

 

Oct. 21. Music and Art as Liturgy. Led by Dave Vandermeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.

 

Oct. 29. No Faith Forum. One service at 10 am, followed by the church’s annual meeting.

 

Nov.4. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee: Life and Times of Muhammad Ali. Led by Cooper Harriss, member of FPC and a professor of religious studies at IU.

 

Nov. 11. No Faith Forum. Annual Heifer Market fundraising event.

 

Nov. 18. What Just Happened? Non-partisan discussion of the results of the recent election and their consequences. With guest speaker IU political scientist Marjorie Hershey, and discussants Bill McGregor, Andy Ruff and Russell Hanson, who spoke Oct. 14.

 

Nov. 25. TBA

 

Dec. 2. Science and Religion, Part 1. Led by Dan Watts. John Calvin wrote that ignoring the works of reason, including science, is to be guilty of sloth. We will discuss the divide in American culture between Faith and Science, including the pressures on people to choose one side or the other.

 

Dec. 9. Science and Religion, Part 2. Led by Dan Watts. In this follow-up discussion we will especially focus on steps that our congregation, as well as our denomination, might take to respond to related concerns of our youth and visitors to our church.

 

Dec. 16. The Stories of Some of Our Favorite Christmas Carols. Led by Karen Watts. Listen to some classic recordings. Singing along is optional!

 

Dec. 23. No Faith Forum.

 

Dec. 30. No Faith Forum.

Church Address: 

221 East Sixth Street

Bloomington, IN 47408

Phone: (812) 332-1514

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