Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations
TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
January 5. Posoltega, Nicaragua: Mission Update. Debbi and Dan Conkle, who traveled to Posoltega in November, will discuss the political and economic situation in Nicaragua, our ongoing mission in Posoltega, and plans for a June 2020 mission trip.
January 12. The Work of the FPC Membership Committee. The Membership Committee is responsible for welcoming new members and enhancing the membership experience for all. This Faith Forum session, led by committee member Tim Baldwin, will give you the opportunity to learn more about what the committee does and perhaps even consider joining the team.
January 19. Proving Faith? The Use and Abuse of Archaeology in Religion, Part 1. Presented by Nick Blackwell, an assistant professor of Classical Studies at IU. As a classical archaeologist specializing in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, Nick will explore the intersection of religion, archaeology, and the illicit antiquities market. The discussion will include a report on his recent visit to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.
January 26. Proving Faith? The Use and Abuse of Archaeology in Religion, Part 2. Presented by Nick Blackwell. Follow-up discussion.
February 2. History of Antisemitism. Presented by Günther Jikeli, a professor in the Jewish Studies Program at IU, and a historian and sociologist of modern Europe, with particular interests in the history of antisemitism. In Part 1 he will lead a brief guided tour of the history of antisemitism.
February 9. Responding to Recent Antisemitism. In this follow-up Günther Jikeli will discuss some the more recent manifestations of antisemitism, with an emphasis on recognizing and resisting it.
February 16. Monroe County United Ministries. Mary Jean Holwager and Katie Broadfoot
February 23. Saved? Bob Dylan’s Gospel 40 Years Later. Presented by Cooper Harriss, a professor of Religious Studies at IU, as well as an adjunct in Folklore and in Ethnomusicology. One strand of his research explores ways that vernacular music contributes to religious thought, belief, and practice.
March 1. FPC Outreach Committee, a Follow-Up Discussion.
March 8. All church brunch. No meeting.
March 15. My Visit to the Mexican Border, Part 1. Andy Kort.
March 23. My Visit to the Mexican Border, Part 2. Andy Kort.
April 12. Easter. No Sunday School Classes
May 17. Issues before the 2020 General Assembly. Led by Executive Presbyter Susan McGhee and GA Commisioner from the Presbytery, Jean Brown.
May 31. 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.
Topics under consideration or in the pipeline:
Heaven, Andy Kort
Women Saints of FPC, Judy Holy
Presidential Executive Privilege, Dan Conkle
Issues of Science and Faith, a continuing discussion.
Transitional Pastor Search
The Good Funeral
Issues Related to Aging
Theology of Our Hymns