CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT

SPRING – SUMMER 1 2018  EDUCATION  SESSIONS

11 weeks April 19 – June 28; Thursdays 12:00—2:30PM

(Currently No Morning Module)

12:00 NOON Lunch in Sponsler Hall $4.00

Lunch is served each week in Sponsler Hall.

 Afternoon Module:12:30 – 2:00PM

LIVING THE QUESTIONS 2LTQ 2

Sponsler Hall

Coleman Todd & Cindy Johnson

Living the Questions is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity. LTQ2 features thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts throughout a 3-part 21 session DVD. (“Invitation to Journey,” “Honoring Creation” and “Call to Covenant.”).

Each week we will share two of the 20 minute DVD segments that include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines along with time for discussions.

INVITATION TO JOURNEY         

APRIL 19

An Invitation to Journey

APRIL 26

Taking the Bible Seriously & Thinking Theologically

MAY 3

Stories of Creation & Lives of Jesus

MAY 10

A Passion for Christ: Paul Out into the World

Challenges Facing Progressive Christians

RECLAIMING THE WORLD

MAY 17

Restoring Relationships & The Prophetic Jesus

MAY 24

Evil, Suffering, and a God of Love

The Myth of Redemptive Violence

MAY 31

Practicing Resurrection

Debunking the Rapture

JUNE 7

Reclaiming The World

CALL TO COVENANT

A Kingdom w/out Walls

JUNE 14

Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision

Incarnation: Divinely Human

JUNE 21

Prayer: Intimacy w/ God

Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry

JUNE 28

Creative Transformation &  Embracing Mystery

ALL ARE WELCOME TO LTQ2

The sessions are best enjoyed in sequence 1-21 but that is not always an option for folks. Following a  7 session unit is the second best option, but please feel free to stop in anytime! We have participant  guides available for each week and if you would like to view a missed session outside the schedule that can be arranged.

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LOOKING BACK

(ARCHIVE INFO)

The Great Courses Video Series: Gnosticism: Nag Hammadi to Gospel of Judas

The three centuries following the death of Jesus were a momentous and turbulent era in Western religious thought. During this time, as Christianity began its massive ascent, distancing itself from paganism and Judaism, other important currents of religious belief appeared, in what became an epoch of intense theological conflict and debate.

In this age of burgeoning faith, few if any influences on the theological landscape were as significant or far-reaching as the religious movements known to us as Gnosticism. Gnosticism, one of the most fascinating and perplexing phenomena in Western religious history, intersected deeply with early Christian thought, sparking religious ideologies that competed with the theological thinking that came to define Christianity. And, though Gnosticism was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging orthodox church, the church formed many of its most central doctrines in response to Gnostic ideas.

But what was Gnosticism? Why did its ideas and mythology appeal to so many people? How did it influence other faiths, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam? And why did Christianity— while showing clear signs of Gnostic influence—condemn it?

This course takes on these provocative questions and more, in a narrative that unfolds as an enthralling religious detective story—penetrating the mysteries of a stigmatized yet profoundly important legacy of religious thought. (From Great Courses Website)

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CONNECTING THREADS:

A seven week trip around the world to witness the incredible work The Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ  are doing through Global Ministries.

10-20 minute videos, will be combined with scripture references, a study guide  and online resources.  For more information see globalministries.org

Discover new and surprising ways to understand Global Ministries’ work. The inspiring stories of missionaries told here, portray the direction of our ministry with our global partners.

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MINDFULNESS AND PRAYER

PRAYER: Prayer has been an essential part of Christianity since its earliest days. Prayer is an integral element of the Christian faith and permeates all forms of Christian worship. Prayer in Christianity is the tradition of communicating with God. During the Middle Ages, the monastic traditions of both Western and Eastern Christianity moved beyond vocal prayer to Christian meditation; a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God.  Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (such as a bible passage) and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God.

 MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS: For thousands of years, human beings have practiced refined techniques of mental focusing, designed to change the habitual conditioning of the mind. Central to many spiritual and philosophical traditions and known in English as “Meditation”, or  “Mindfulness” these practices are considered a major means for enhanced awareness

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SPRING SESSION 2017

SHORT STORY THEOLOGY: CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR STORIES WE READ 

The Displaced Person by Flannery O’Connor                               

TO READ SHORT STORY CLICK ON LINK BELOW

Displaced-Person by Flannery O’Connor

VIDEO: From the PBS program “The American Short Story” starring Irene Worth, John Houseman, Robert Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Lane Smith & Shirley Stoler. Click on link below 

DISPLACED PERSON VIDEO

Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

Sonny’s Blues”  (1957) is the story of a young jazz musician (Sonny). Set in Harlem, like many of Baldwin’s other work, “Sonny’s Blues” is a constant struggle between light and darkness, failure and redemption.

The Guest  by Albert Camus

 “The Guest”  (1957) Camus employs this short tale to reflect upon issues raised by the political situation in French North Africa. In particular, he explores the problem of refusing to take sides in the colonial conflict in Algeria, something that mirrors Camus’ own non-aligned stance which he had set out in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Read “The Guest”: the guest by albert camus

 

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