Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm via Zoom What Now? What should we as a church and as individuals do about racism? A discussion led by Allan Edmonds. As time permits, look over some of this List of Resources for ideas. Which ideas grab you? What might work for you? What might work for us—our church?

Thursday, October 1, 7:30 pm via Zoom. Aging: Its Opportunities, Challenges and Concerns for our Congregation. Aging brings challenges, opportunities, and concerns for not only those who have reached older adulthood but for caregivers and children.  This session introduces some of these features facing our society, community, and congregation from the perspective of those ministering and caring for older adults. Rev. Wendy VanderZee and Mary Beth Novy will lead our Zoom discussion. After working with Hospice for over 28 years, Wendy brings to the table questions and concerns of persons and families confronting the issues of older adulthood. Mary Beth has been a part of FPC since 1993 and became particularly involved in caring for her parents when they settled here after her dad’s stroke ten years ago. The Zoom link will be provided in the Friday announcements. 

Thursday, October 15, 7:30 pm via Zoom. Election Issues, or "Plan Your Vote." Bill McGregor will moderate a discussion of election issues including voter suppression, with guests George Hegeman of the League of Women Voters and Russ Hanson, political scientist and polling expert. There will be a follow-up discussion after the election. Link to Plan Your Vote Handout. The Zoom link will be provided in the Friday announcements. George Hegeman's slides. Link to Russ Hanson's notes for the remarks he was unable to share because of technical issues.

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 pm via Zoom. PC(USA) General Assembly Report.

Each two years as part of the connected nature of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a General Assembly is held to make decisions that affect our lives as a community of faith.  This year was unlike any other by virtue of the GA being held via Zoom.  Elder Mary McClellan and the Rev. Felipe Martinez served as commissioners.  Susan McGhee, our Presbytery Executive, participates as well. Susan and Mary will share their reflections on this year’s assembly and answer your questions. Watch the Friday announcements before October 28 for the Zoom link.

Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm via Zoom.  Death: Ending Well. Led by our transitional associate pastor Kelley Jepsen. The Zoom link will be provided in the Friday announcements.

Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm via Zoom.  The 2020 Elections: What Happened? The hotly contested 2020 elections may well deliver watershed decisions and outcomes both up and down the ballot. Three resource people will lead  nonpartisan roundtable discussion of the results: Marjorie Hershey, IU Professor Emerita (Political Science), Russ Hanson, IU Professor Emeritus (Political Science), and Andy Ruff, FPC member and congressional candidate for the Indiana Ninth District. Bill McGregor, Professor Emeritus (O’Neill – SPEA), will moderate. A Zoom link will be sent out in all-church email the Friday before.

Thursday, January 7, 7:30 pm via Zoom. The Lure of Genetic Technology and its Implications.

Genetic technology has changed our world and continues to do so, whether we like it or not.  Access to our DNA and information about it has become widely available, leading to potentially embarrassing discoveries.  Genetic engineering to cure inherited diseases like cystic fibrosis or haemophilia may allow us to “play God” before a child is born. Join with us to discuss case studies involving life and death decisions that have no easy answers from a Christian perspective. The session will be led by Karen Bush and Dan Watts. The Zoom link will be provided in the Friday announcements.

Thursday, January 14, 7:30 pm via Zoom. The Lure of Genetic Technology and its Implications, Part 2. Genetic technology has changed our world and continues to do so, whether we like it or not.  Access to our DNA and information about it has become widely available, leading to potentially embarrassing discoveries.  Genetic engineering to cure inherited diseases like cystic fibrosis or haemophilia may allow us to “play God” before a child is born. Join with us to discuss case studies involving life and death decisions that have no easy answers from a Christian perspective. The session will be led by Karen Bush and Dan Watts. The Zoom link will be provided in the Friday announcements.

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221 East Sixth Street

Bloomington, IN 47408

Phone: (812) 332-1514

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