Our prayers are a response that comes from hearing what God is saying and then daring to speak from our hearts. Join us online as we explore the biblical and theological foundations of prayer and then as we meet in person for an overnight retreat to pray and to connect in community.
In this course, we will:
- hope to enrich our understanding of what Scripture and Christian theology teach us about prayer; and
- seek to deepen our experience of prayer as a pathway of connection to the triune God known to us in Jesus Christ.
NOTE Online Sessions: March 16-April 4, 2020 In-Person Retreat Session: April 17, 5:00 p.m.-April 18, 4:00 p.m., 2020 This class is being taught in a hybrid format, meaning that some portions will be online and one session will be a face-to-face retreat time. The online sessions will be offered asynchronously - in other words, you can participate in the class materials at your convenience any time during the day or night. The retreat at Villa Maria will begin with dinner on Friday evening and end mid-afternoon on Saturday.
Ron Cole-Turner is the H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics at PTS, a position relating theology and ethics to developments in science and technology. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion (currently serving as vice president), and has served on the advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation and the Metanexus Institute. His most recent book, Prayer in the Trinity: A Brief Theology of Christian Prayer, is the basis for this class. Cole-Turner is also the author of Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church: Chips in the Brain; Immortality, and the World of Tomorrow; Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Advancement; The New Genesis: Theology and the Genetic Revolution; and The End of Adam and Eve: Theology and the Science of Human Origins. He is also the author of the popular baptism hymn, “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise.”