Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations
January 6. Stonebelt Ministry, Challenges and Rewards. Rev. Sarah VanderZee McKenney explores in greater depth some of the challenges and successes of providing spiritual support for those with disabilities that she presented in her sermon "Godly Wisdom" at FPC last November. Her sermon is available to listen to at https://soundcloud.com/first-presbyterian-church-193910946/godly-wisdom-11112018-rev-sarah-vanderzee-mckenney
January 13. Sabbatical Experiences, Part 1. Pastor Andy Kort shares some of his insights from his recent sabbatical. Where did he go? What did he see? What did he learn? The discussion will continue with Part 2 on February 3
January 20. Program canceled because of Weather Travel Advisory and rescheduled to January 27.
January 27. Letter from the Birmingham Jail, Part 1. Allan Edmonds will lead a discussion of the 1963 letter from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which is a fundamental document of the civil rights era and now under consideration by our denomination for inclusion as a study document in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions. Part 1 will focus on background, context, and history. Click for resources, including the full text of the letter. Part 2 tentatively rescheduled for March 17.
February 3. Sabbatical Experiences, Part 2. Pastor Andy Kort shares more of his insights from his recent sabbatical. Where did he go? What did he see? What did he learn? What questions do you have?
February 10. Lessons Learned: Poverty, People, and Partnerships. Steve Thomas, the Program Director of Monroe County United Ministries' Self-Sufficiency Center, will share some insights MCUM has gained from 80 years of working with people experiencing poverty in our community. The presentation will include an overview of MCUM's 2 major programs and a discussion of how the organization's approach has adapted in recent years to incorporate current brain and behavioral science research.
February 17. Photographic HIstory Tour. Dick Darling and members of the FPC Bicentennial Task Force will present his photographic tour of historic sites around Bloomington related to First Presbyterian Church. There is a rumor of new information from 1819!
February 24. Invitation to Celtic Spirituality. A panel of Kim Adams, Mary McClellan, and Ann Schechter will discuss what it means to explore spirituality through the lens of Celtic wisdom. People interested in such an exploration are invited to participate in a Sunday evening Lenten discussion group. The group will read and discuss The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings, by John Philip Newell. Participants should acquire the book on their own and read the opening chapter prior to the initial March 10 meeting of the study group.
March 3. No Faith Forum due to church-wide pancake brunch.
March 10. Spring Break. No Faith Forum.
March 17. Letter from the Birmingham Jail, Part 2. Allan Edmonds and Ginny Coombs will lead a discussion of the content of the 1963 letter from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and its meaning for us today. The letter is a fundamental document of the civil rights era and now under consideration by our denomination for inclusion as a study document in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions. Click for resources, including the full text of the letter.
March 24. Challenges & Opportunities for Theological Education in the 21st Century, with Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development, with the Presbyterian Foundation, based in Jeffersonville, IN. Lee brings over a decade of experience in theological education to the table and will share what he is learning about preparing enough clergy to meet our churches’ needs for our generation and the next.
March 31. Mortal Republic; How Rome Fell into Tyranny. Edward J. Watts, history professor at UCSD, discusses his new, important, history of the fall of the Roman Republic. Watts explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy. He argues that the death of Rome’s Republic was not inevitable. In Mortal Republic, Watts shows it died because it was allowed to, from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever.
April 7. God and Country: The History, Politics, and Theology of Flags in Church Sanctuaries. Led by Allan Edmonds. Some churches have flags and others do not. When did they get them? Why? Should they? Should we?
April 14. Follow-up Discussion of Flags in Church Sanctuaries. Led by Allan Edmonds. Last week we discussed some of the history and politics. This week we’ll focus on the theological issues and the pros and cons. Participation in the previous discussion not required.
April 21. Easter No Sunday School Classes
April 28. Wheeler Mission in Bloomington. Dana Jones, the Bloomington Area Director for Wheeler Mission, will talk about the results of their partnership with the Interfaith Winter Shelter, expansion plans, continuing needs surrounding homelessness in Bloomington, and future opportunities for partnerships and support.
May 5. Aliens Among Us: The Exuberance of Insect Biology in South Central Indiana. Presented by Armin Moczek, IU professor of biology.
May 12. "Hell." Andy Kort explains his understanding of hell.
May 19. "Hell." Andy Kort continues his presentation about hell.
May 26. 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.