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

 Faith + Life: Bible Basics

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

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. 

October 2017 Class

Gospel of Thomas

Everyone knows… there are 4 Gospels from the early days of the Church. Not really. Among the more than 75 previously unknown first and century documents from the Christian movements discovered over the past 160 years there are several Gospels. What would it mean for our Christian faith if we read the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) as opposed to the Gospel of Luke? What would the effect be if our Scripture included The Gospel of Truth, or the Gospel of Thomas, instead of,  or in addition to, the Gospels of Matthew or John? These are examples of the conversations that we will have in the Bible Basics class beginning October 1, as we explore A New New Testament A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, edited by Hal Taussig. We will begin by looking at the Gospel of Thomas.

 

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


Faith + Life: Where is God In

Faith + Life: Where God is In

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

Join the conversation about a current hot topic (e.g. white supremacy, climate change) and how our faith might influence our response.


Faith + Life: Bible 101

Faith + Life: Bible 101

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

Linda Carder will lead this class that goes “behind the scenes” to put Bible stories in context, adding historical and sociological background, beginning with the story of Abraham. Advance reading will enhance your experience, but is not required. 


Faith + Life: Spiritual Practices in Daily Life

Faith + Life: Spiritual Practices

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

Gail Burnaford coordinates this class that will help to uncover the spiritual in everyday practices such as writing, needlework, song, and being in nature.

 

 

Contact: 

Director of Faith Formation - Ashley Martinage
7035384886

Upcoming Faith + Life Events

November 5, 2017 - 10:00am
November 12, 2017 - 10:00am
November 19, 2017 - 10:00am

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Faith + Life Adult Education
Posted: Sep 28 2017 - 6:34pm

The Faith + Life series provides opportunities for adults to expand their 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 meets from 10:00-10:50 a.m. Child care is available in the nursery.

1st Sundays: Bible Basics: the New, New Testament. Join Janice Langholz to explore the context of Christianity’s development, both through the books we know currently as the New Testament and others that were left out. Today, October 1: Explore the Gospel of Thomas.

2nd Sundays: Where Is God In... Join Dale Dwyer for a conversation about a current hot topic and how our faith might influence our response.

3rd Sundays: Bible 101. Linda Carder will lead this class that goes “behind the scenes” to put Bible stories in context, adding historical and sociological background, beginning with the story of Abraham. Advance reading will enhance your experience, but is not required. 

4th Sundays: Spiritual Practices in Daily Life. Gail Burnaford coordinates this class that will help to uncover the spiritual in everyday practices such as writing, needlework, song, and being in nature.

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

Latest News

Your Place in Our Story is the theme for this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. The Finance Board has worked with all Rock Spring boards to create our proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year. Please attend the Budget Goals meeting on Sunday following the 11 a.m.

Join us to kick off the 2017-18 Rock Spring Recital Series with a special concert featuring the award-winning Howard University Gospel Choir. We hope to fill the Sanctuary to the rafters to hear their exciting and inspirational voices singing praise to God!