Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations

Spring 2022

NOTE: Beginning Sunday March 6, we will be meeting in person at 10:00 am on Sundays in Room 7. Virtual options will continue to be offered.

Sunday, January 9: No Faith Forum. Intergenerational Epiphany Party (Lyman Hall)

Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Zoom: Worship and Children: Creating Space for the Generations. Worship is the intersection for the generations in our congregations, yet, often they are also one of the most challenging spaces for inclusion of the youngest members of our faith community. Join Karen Hahn and others for a look at ways to create a worship space that allows all generations to learn together what it means to be the body of Christ as we respond to God’s call. The Zoom link will be in church email.

 Tuesday, January 25, 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Zoom. Fish Hooks: Church Marketing for the Next Generation. Presented by Pastor Kelley Jepsen. The Zoom link will be in church email.

Tuesday, February 8: Faith in Public Life:  Who Stole my Bible? (Judith Butler)

Tuesday, February 22. 7:30 pm on Zoom. Church Plans to Support a Refugee Family, presented by Ann Schechter, member of the church Outreach Committee.  The Zoom link will be in church email.

Sunday, March 6. 10 am in Room 7. Introduction to Full to the Brim: An Expansive Lent.  These 40 days of Lent are full of rich tradition, ancient practices, and invitations to a new way of life.  This year we are using A Sanctified Art's worship series: Full to the Brim.  The creators write: "The origins of Lent were that one was to leave their old life behind to fast and prepare to be baptized into a new way of living. In essence, this was a practice of stepping away...in order to live a more expansive and full life of faith. And so, our Lenten theme, Full to the Brim, is an invitation—into a radically different Lent, into a full life." Join Pastor Kelley on Sunday March 6 at 10 a.m. to learn more about the series and find practices for engaging more deeply in our journey of Lent.

Sunday, March 13. Join intergenerational events.

Sunday, March 17. Join intergenerational events.

Sunday, March 27, 10 am in Room 7. Public Education and Our Faith.  Public education is in the spotlight at the current Indiana legislature, in Board of Education meetings, and as the focus of our own FPC Racial Justice Taskforce. Race, sexuality, and other values are being debated regarding their place in public schools and the role of teachers.  These are very relevant to how we practice our Christian faith and are an important element of our Reformed theology.  Join Deb Prenkert, FPC Elder and MCSSC Director of Elementary Education, to understand the territory in which educators are facing attacks and what our own church can do to respond to the needs of public schools, students, and teachers.

Sunday, April 3, 10 am in Room 7. Implicit Bias: Workshop with “Brother William.” William Morris will lead us in a mini-workshop on Implicit Bias. Our presenter is a Bloomington attorney, whose private practice includes civil rights, housing, and employment law. "Brother William" is known throughout the community as the DJ host of the Soul Kitchen on Fridays and Saturdays on WFIU. He is an ordained deacon serving at St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom.

 

Sunday, April 10, 10 am in Room 7. How Welcoming Are We? The Covenant Network of Presbyterians (CNP) is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. The Covenant Network seeks to:  support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA); articulate and act on the church’s historic, progressive vision; work for a fully inclusive church; and find ways to live out the graciously hospitable gospel by living together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA). Rev. Brian Ellison a Presbyterian minister and Executive Director of CNP, will join us to discuss what it means to be part of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.

Sunday, April 17. Easter. No Faith Forum.

 

Sunday, April 24, 10 am, Room 7. What is a Columbarium and Why FPC Might Consider Such a Memorial Space? Join JoAnn Main, Michael Williams, and Don Hollinger in a discussion/presentation of plans and to answer your questions during this Faith Forum.

Sunday, May 1, 10 am Room 7. “This Is the Word of the Lord”: How the Bible Became Text and Why It Matters. This Faith Forum is an author talk of the book, which is an overview of the evolution of the contents of the Bible from its earliest oral traditions to the final priestly compilation in the 5th century BCE.  Why is it important to know this history?  Because the evolution of these texts and the way historical circumstances shaped their contents affect how we understand the Bible today.  With such historical knowledge, people of faith can respond to those who insist the Bible is inerrant and those who insist the Bible is irrelevant. Bill Thomason received a B. A. in English from Oklahoma Baptist University (1965) and a B. D. (1969) and Ph. D. (1972) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has taught philosophy and religion (the University of Louisville, Stetson University, and Indiana University Southeast), managed bookstores, and sold books as a publishers’ representative.  Thomason is the author of two other books, and, now retired, he is concentrating on writing about biblical, theological, and cinematic subjects.

To be scheduled:

Homelessness in Bloomington: FPC’s Current and Future Contributions. FPC has been involved in addressing homelessness for several years through our work with three different shelter programs.  In multiple sessions this Faith Forum series will focus on each of these three programs: Wheeler Mission; Shalom Center; and Robin and Trisha’s House. Representatives from each of the three programs will separately present a Faith Forum that examines how they address homelessness and how FPC can be involved.