Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Sunday, September 12, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Moral Dilemmas around Vaccination. Led by Dan and Karen Watts.

Sunday, September 19, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Chris Rowland will join us remotely from Louisville to introduce the Matthew 25 Congregations Initiative that we are part of.

Sunday, September 26, 10:00 am in Lyman Hall and via Zoom. Jim Madison, retired IU professor of history, will talk about the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana with attention to the role that churches played. Based on his recent book The Klu Klux Klan in the Heartland.

Sunday, October 3, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Bible Study through Hymns. Karen Watts will discuss the theology of hymns.

Sunday, October 10, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. 

Social Advocacy and Faith: The PC(USA) and Public Policy

Rev. Jimmie Hawkins is the Director of the Advocacy Offices of the PC(USA). He directs the Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington DC which does public policy advocacy. Much of the office’s engagement is with members of Congress, the White House and the State Department. He interacts with our interfaith and ecumenical partners addressing issues of justice as aligned with the social witness policies of the denomination. He is also the director for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations (NMUN) located in New York City. The staff serves as a monitor of UN activity and engages in addressing global issues of justice.

Sunday, October 17, 10:00 am in Lyman Hall and via Zoom. 

FPC’s Mission Study: A Feedback Opportunity

Join us to discuss the new Mission Study that the Session has been working on for many months during this period of transition. Rev. Kenefake will lead the discussion and walk participants through key findings and implications for future ministry here in Bloomington. Both electronic and paper copies of the Mission Study will be made available well in advance of the meeting. (Note that the Mission Study is still a work in progress. Congregational Feedback will be incorporated into the study and it is designed to offer a snapshot of the church’s ministry in recent years and suggest possible fruitful avenues of ministry in the near future). 

Sunday, October 24, 10:00 am in Lyman Hall and via Zoom.  

FPC’s Mission Study: A Feedback Opportunity. Continued discussion with our transitional pastor, Rev. Scott Kenefake

Sunday, October 31, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. The Privilege of Being Queer: A Life of Surprises and Gratitude. Doug Bauder will be our guest for this Faith Forum. Doug is an ordained pastor in the Moravian Church, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and the founding Director of IU’s LGBTQ+ Culture Center. Doug retired from IU in 2019 and has since written his memoirs entitled “The Privilege of Being Queer: A Life of Surprises and Gratitude.”

Sunday, November 7, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Faith and the Climate Crisis Part 1. Presented by Kristina Lindborg (Citizen's Climate Lobby) and Carol Dunn (Elder, First Pres, Scottsburg) representing the group Presbyterians Climate Advocates. Focus: Presbyterians and Environmental Justice.

Sunday, November 14, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Faith and the Climate Crisis Part 2. Presented by Kristina Lindborg (Citizen's Climate Lobby) and Carol Dunn (Elder, First Pres, Scottsburg) of the group Presbyterians Climate Advocates. Focus: Presbyterians and Environmental Advocacy

Sunday, November 21, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Exodus Refugee. A report on the needs of Afghan refugees. 

The Exodus Project is one of the designated organizations to support Afghan refugees currently housed at Camp Atterbury and in many other sites. Join Cassandra Sanborn, Director of Development for the Exodus Project, to find out about the refugee situation, what the Exodus project is doing, and how individuals and FPC may be involved in supporting the group. The class will be provided through a zoom link at 10:00am.  You are invited to observe the zoom presentation in Room 7 or from your home. The zoom link will appear in the Friday announcements before the Sunday class.

Sunday, November 28. No Meeting.

Sunday, December 5, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee.

Sunday, December 12, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. TentativeMass Incarceration: A Question of Faith? Presented by Pastor Kelley Jepsen. We’ve heard many of the statistics: the United States has the world’s highest incarceration rate, with over 2 million people in our country’s prisons and jails, representing an increase of 500% over the last 40 years. People are receiving prison sentences (and longer sentences at that) more often. And all of this disproportionately effects people of color. An “eye for an eye” right? Or is it “forgive, and you will be forgiven”? Join Pastor Kelley to learn about what our faith tells us about this issue at the heart of justice and mercy.

Sunday, December 19, 10:00 am in Room 7 and via Zoom. Christmas music, led by Karen Watts.

Sunday, December 26. No Meeting.