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 of Church Opportunities and Priorities. Led by David Giedroc.

March 8. All church brunch. No meeting.

March 15. CANCELED. My Visit to the Mexican Border, Part 1. Andy Kort.

March 22. CANCELED. My Visit to the Mexican Border, Part 2. Andy Kort.

March 29. CANCELED.  Introduction to this Year's Easter Music. Music Director Grant Farmer.

April 5.  CANCELED. Aging: Its Opportunities, Challenges and Concerns for our Congregation. Rev. Wendy VanderZee and Mary Beth Novy will lead our discussion.

 April 12. Easter. No Sunday School Classes

April 19. CANCELED. Three billion missing birds. Ellen Ketterson. In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. 

April 26. CANCELED. Bioengineering: Playing God? Some Case Studies. Karen and Dan Watts.

May 3. CANCELED. Bioengineering: Playing God? Continued discussion. Karen and Dan Watts.

May 10. CANCELED. Women Saints of FPC. Judy Holy.

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

May 24. UNLIKELY. Solar panels and other energy efficiency measures for the church. Allan Edmonds.

May 31.  UNLIKELY. 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.

Other topics under consideration or in the pipeline:

Heaven, Andy Kort

Presidential Executive Privilege, Dan Conkle

Transitional Pastor Search

The Good Funeral

Theology of Our Hymns


Church Address: 

221 East Sixth Street

Bloomington, IN 47408

Phone: (812) 332-1514

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