FIRST HOUR COURSES
7:30 pm to 8:20 pm
“Satan,” “Evil,” and “Sin”: three words with so much accumulated baggage that many wonder whether they have a place in contemporary Christian expression. Can these ancient references still speak to us today? If so how? This class will explore these and other related questions, and will invite students to uncover their own answers.
You are invited to join a pilgrimage in the company of people who will challenge and enlighten us as we navigate the journey to a deeper understanding of and intimacy with God. Among those we will encounter are Jesus of Nazareth, Thomas Merton, Catherine Doherty, Dag Hammarskjold and the Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber.
The Church presents itself as a community and community-building is part of pastoral plans and evangelization. How are various models of community rooted in the Bible, in tradition, in “fantasy”, or in options adverse to the Gospel? What impact does this have on our understanding and experience of the Church?
SECOND HOUR COURSES
8:40 pm to 9:30 pm
What do we need to know to give leadership to the church in changing times? This course will look at both theory and practice through the lenses of several contemporary thinkers such as Diana Butler Bass and Otto Sharmer. Students will be exposed to tools that can be helpful in the congregational context for leading change.
Woven into the tapestry of some of the most beautiful and insightful poetry of all time is Isaiah’s uncanny vision of a virgin birth, Messiah, suffering servant, age of redemption and peace. What is startling is his perspective – the future, it seems, is history!
Since the apostolic era symbols have been used to articulate complex ideas and to facilitate the collective expression of Christian belief. Join us in exploring how imagery was assimilated from ancient cultures and drawn into the rich and nuanced vocabulary of Christian symbolism.<