Monday Afternoon Bible Study: History, archaeology, fascinating stories and profound faith lessons – this is the beauty of the “That the World May Know” DVD series! Each lesson takes us to sites in the Holy Land, showing how God led his people in the past, and how those faith lessons still apply to believers in the 21st century. Join us each Monday at 3:00. You do not need to attend the series – each lesson is independent.
“Theology Matters” is a study group that reads books dealing with the interplay of theology, church, economics, politics, history, society and faith. The approach is discussion and interpretation. No lecturing.
The name was deliberately chosen when the group was founded in 2000 to affirm the idea that what we think about God and how we express those thoughts really does matter.
The group meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the church library for about 90 minutes. Any level of participation is welcome from just listening to debating points from the book.
We usually read and discuss two books in a year, one each in the Fall term and Winter term. Some of the books from the recent past:
Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker J. Palmer
The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus by Robin Meyers
Thoughtful Christianity by Rev. Ben Daniel
Jesus for the Nonreligious by John Shelby Spong
Lost in the Middle by Wesley J. Wildman and Stephen Chapin Gardner
Belief Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious by Linda Mercadante
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Winter 2018 Book
Our book for Winter 2018 is The Market as God by Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School.
Here’s a quote from the book that tells us this is not standard Sunday school material:
“Faith in the workings of markets actually takes the form of a functioning religion, complete with its own priests and rituals, its own doctrines and theologies, its own saints and prophets, and its own zeal to bring its gospel to the whole world and win converts everywhere.”
Cox, Harvey. The Market as God (Kindle Locations 108-110). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
The book is available in several formats on line at amazon.com or Barnes and Noble on Harvey Street.