We offer a wide range of Adult Studies during the 8:45 am Sunday School hour throughout the year.
JULY 2015 “Intersection: Where Faith & Headlines Meet”
This month Pastor Mark leads us in a weekly study of how people of faith can respond to topics and events in popular media. It will be helpful for you to download and read the materials below to prepare for that day’s discussion
Sunday July 5
Bruce Jenner won the gold medal for the men’s decathalon event at the 1976 Olympics. In the past few years, he’s been in the public’s eye as the second husband of Kris Kardashian and stepfather of “The Kardashians: Kim et al.” Recently, however, he has revealed himself as transgendered “Caitlyn” Jenner, claiming that through his life he has been living a lie. He maintains he is a Christian and believes he is living out God’s will for him. What is the faith community to make of those claiming they’re really a man or woman in the body of the opposite sex? In our class, we look at both the public discussion and possible biblical resources to consider this very contemporary topic.
Sunday July 12
On June 26, President Obama gave a eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinkney, one of the nine individuals shot and killed at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Although much of his message lifted up the eventful life of the slain pastor, the President focused on the biblical/theological issue of “grace,” even remarkably concluding his remarks by starting a round of singing of “Amazing Grace.” This class will consider his use of the word “grace,” how we understand it from the Bible and how we experience it in everyday life.
Sunday July 19
On April 3, Anthony Ray Hinton was released from death row in the Alabama state prison system after 30 being in prison for 30 years. After major questions about the prosecution’s case against Hinton had been raised, the state could no longer present a response after three decades causing the court order his release. His release raises issues for all citizens but particularly people of faith such as: to what extent should the state or society work to exonerate possibly innocent people? is it possible for individuals to forgive such errors of justice? should the death penalty still be an option for sentencing when history has shown miscarriages of justice have been made?
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