Schedule for Faith Forum Presentations

Spring 2020


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.

March 30. 

April 5. 

 April 12. Easter. No Sunday School Classes

April 19.

April 26. 

May 3. 

May 10. 

May 17. Issues before the 2020 General Assembly. Led by Executive Presbyter Susan McGhee and GA Commisioner from the Presbytery, Jean Brown.

May 24.

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


Church Address: 

221 East Sixth Street

Bloomington, IN 47408

Phone: (812) 332-1514

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