Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations
September 8. Presbyterians in Cuba. Presented by Sandra Santos and Oscar Cansinaris, who have enriched our FPC community and share the story of Presbyterians in their home country of Cuba.
September 15. No Faith Forum because of a church-wide "town hall" meeting on the associate pastor transition process.
September 22. Building Bridges in Bloomington: People of Faith and Tackling White Nationalism. Presented by Beverly Calender-Anderson, Director of the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department.
September 29. Science and Faith. Part I.
This is the first in a three-part series involving high school youth and adults in a conversation of how science and faith relate. This session will bring together a panel of local scientists (biologist, chemist, geologist) to stimulate our conversation on how faith influences scientific practice. Both youth and adults confront controversies around beginnings, e.g., creation, that present questions and perspectives for all of us on how science is practiced within the context of faith.
October 6. Science and Faith. Part II.
This is the second in a three-part series involving high school youth and adults in a conversation of how science and faith relate. This session will bring together a panel of local applied scientists (doctor (Chris Holmes), pharmacist (Megan Williams), engineer (Nathan Ernest) as well as a youth member (Addie Schmucker) to stimulate our conversation on how faith influences scientific practice. Both youth and adults confront
controversies around beginnings, e.g., creation, that present questions and perspectives for all of us on how science is practiced within the context of faith. Don’t worry if you missed Part II; you are still welcome.
October 13. Science and Faith. Part III.
This is the final session and will focus on Presbyterian beliefs and perspectives that helps us address the science and faith controversies of our lives. Panelists will include: Rev. Doug Tracy, Rev. Carol Barrett, Karen Watts (biochemist) and two high school youth (Andrew Swank and Addie Schmucker).
October 20. No Faith Forum because of C0ngregational Annual Meeting.
October 27. Come and See What God Is Doing. We will look at what the church is called to in its 201st year and how stewardship relates to that call. Led by Boyd Hahn, chair of the church Stewardship Committee.
November 3. Themes of Outreach at FPC. Led by David Giedroc, chair of the church Outreach Committee.
November 10. No Faith Forum because of annual Heifer Market Fundraiser.
November 17. The Synod of Lincoln Trails. What is it? What does it do? Presented by Sara Dingman, Synod Executive for the Synod of Lincoln Trails.
November 24. Scripture, Theology, and Disability. Together we will look at “disability” in scripture, how that guides our theology, and how we put that into action. What does scripture say about people with disabilities in leadership? Can people with intellectual disabilities be in relationship with God? How can we be a place where all can belong? Together we will explore all of these questions and more; from theology led by scripture to the practical application. Led by Rev. Sarah VanderZee McKenney, who is ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA and serves as the Spiritual Support Coordinator at Stone Belt Arc.
December 1. No Faith Forum this week.
December 8. The Role of Music in Worship. Presented by Grant Farmer, FPC Director of Music.
December 15. Advent Hymns: Some History and a Sing-Along. Led by Karen Watts.
December 22. No Faith Forum because of the holidays.
December 29. No Faith Forum because of the holidays.