Faith + Life

The Faith + Life series provides opportunities to expand your faith formation. Each week, we will offer a different series, ranging from Bible studies, to spiritual practices, to conversations about what our faith has to say about current events. The class will meet from 10:00-10:50 a.m. Child care is available in the nursery.

Faith + Life: Bible Basics

When: 1st Sundays at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205

Next Session: Sunday, December 3 EVERYONE KNOWS… that the New Testament has always been in the form we have it today. Well, not exactly. Even Martin Luther had his doubts about which books to include. In December the Bible Basics class will look at the trouble the early church had in deciding how, or even whether to, have one common list of books, called a “canon.” This process probably took about 600 years! Please join us on Sunday, December 3 for this discussion.  We will also finish reading the Gospel of Thomas where we will learn how woman must make herself male to enter the kingdom of heaven (WHAT? WHAT?? WHAT???).

Rock Spring is a Christian church. Christian churches are rooted in the stories found in our Bible. How can we find meaning and direction in words from such different times and places? What is it that God is speaking to us through these stories? These questions (and a flat-out love of biblical historical research) drive my passion for reading, telling, and teaching about the Bible. I believe that reading the Bible is best done contextually. looking at the interplay of the original story, the time and place of the writing and redacting of the story, and the modern reader’s reaction to the story. But whose context? 

I’m going to ask Rock Springers to take a step outside our familiar early Christian context, and to explore who we are by looking at who we are not. Biblical scholar Karen King recently suggested that Christianity defined itself through a process of building dogmatic barriers between itself and Judaism on the one hand and Hellenistic Greek paganism on the other. In the process I’m convinced that we may have lost as much as we gained, especially in the realm of spiritual growth and exploration. As a result, Bible Basics this year will be taken from  A New, New Testament A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, edited by Hal Taussig.  According to the publisher  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) "Over the past century numerous lost scriptures have been discovered, authenticated, translated, debated and celebrated. Many of these documents were as important to shaping early-Christian communities and beliefs as what we have come to call the New Testament; these were not the work of shunned sects or rebel apostles, not alternative histories or doctrines, but part of the vibrant conversations that sparked the rise of Christianity." The Bible Basics class this year will enter that conversation. Please join me in this exploration. 

Contact Coordinator:
Janice Langholz
jlangholz@msn.com
571-218-9914


Faith + Life: Where is God In

When: 2nd Sundays at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205 

Next Class: Sunday, December 10 - Where Is God In... The Middle East
Join Dale Dwyer on December 10 for a discussion on the issues of occupation, oppression, and standing in solidarity with those who are oppressed. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb writes, “Jesus was born in occupied Palestine, Palestine was under Roman occupation. How can we understand the historical Jesus without understanding what occupation means, does, and how it controls life in its entirety?” 

 


 

Faith + Life: Bible 101

When: 3rd Sundays at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205

Next Session: Sunday, December 17 Linda Carder goes “behind the scenes” studying the history, culture and faith of the Hebrew people. On December 17, we will begin the book of Exodus. Advance reading of chapters 1 through 15 is recommended.

 


 

Faith + Life: Spiritual Practices in Daily Life

When: 4th Sundays (except December) at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205

Sunday, November 26 - we will begin with Writing as a Spiritual Practice to express gratitude. How many spiritual leaders do you know who have touted the value of gratitude for mental (and physical) health? You don’t need any writing experience (or to have attended the October session) to try it out. Gail Burnaford will also provide resources for continuing Writing as a Spiritual Practice on your own.  

No class December 24. Join us in January!  

 

 

Contact: 

Director of Faith Formation - Ashley Martinage
7035384886

Upcoming Faith + Life Events

December 17, 2017 - 10:00am
January 7, 2018 - 10:00am
January 14, 2018 - 10:00am
January 21, 2018 - 10:00am

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Faith + Life: December
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1st Sundays: Bible Basics: the New, New Testament. Join Janice Langholz to explore the context of Christianity’s development. On December 3, we will finish the Gospel of Thomas, and look at the trouble the early church had in deciding how, or even whether to, have one common list of books, called a “canon,” that would comprise the Bible. This process probably took about 600 years! 

2nd Sundays: Where Is God In... The Middle East  Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb writes, “Jesus was born in occupied Palestine, Palestine was under Roman occupation. How can we understand the historical Jesus without understanding what occupation means, does, and how it controls life in its entirety?” Join Dale Dwyer on December 10 for a discussion on the issues of occupation, oppression, and standing in solidarity with those who are oppressed.

3rd Sundays: Bible 101. Linda Carder goes “behind the scenes” studying the history, culture and faith of the Hebrew people. On December 17, we will begin the book of Exodus. Advance reading of chapters 1 through 15 is recommended.

4th Sundays: Spiritual Practices in Daily Life. No class December 24. Join us in January!  

Sundays, 10:00 a.m., Hunter Room 205

 

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