SPOT is a new monthly Faith Formation offering that will focus on various spiritual practices we can use to grow deeper in our faith and relationship with God.
Join us at 10 am Saturday January 21st at the church for our monthly SPOT (Spiritual Practices Of Today) gathering. We'll be exploring the practice of making and following a Rule of Life. Following the traditions of monastic communities many contemporary Christians have begun crafting a Rule, a type of ordered pattern or model, for how they will live the Christian life day to day. Join us as we learn to craft our own rules for living our Christian faith.
Growing up as a Christian in Dayton, Tennessee, the town made famous by the Scopes Monkey Trial eighty years previously, Rachel Held Evans knew how to argue the apologetics of the faith before she knew her own address. But as she became an adult, she began to question some of her long-held beliefs. In Faith Unraveled, Rachel explains how her faith had to adapt and change to survive, and how she learned to trust in a God big enough to handle her tough questions. Previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town.
This quarter continues the theme “Chosen, Not Choice” and the peculiarity of God’s calling, which is rooted in grace rather than in humankind’s merit. Unit I, “God Prepares the Way,” begins with two lessons on Zechariah from the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel. Unit II, “God’s Promises,” contains five lessons from 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, and Joel that remind us that we can trust God to keep God’s word. Unit III, “God’s Call and Its Responsibilities,” has four lessons from 1 Corinthians, 2 Timothy, James, and 1 Peter. These lessons teach us that God’s call—and the responsibilities of that call—is without regard to an individual’s past.
Like most Americans, Presbyterians in the United States know woefully little about the history of slavery and the rise of anti-Black racism in our country. Most think of slavery as a tragedy that “just happened,” without considering how it happened and who was involved. In What Kind of Christianity, William Yoo paints an accurate picture of the complicity of the majority of Presbyterians in promoting, supporting, or willfully ignoring the enslavement of other human beings. Most Presbyterians knew of the widespread physical and sexual violence that enslavers inflicted on the enslaved, and either approved of it or did nothing to prevent it. Most Presbyterians in the nineteenth century—whether in the South or the North–held racist attitudes toward African Americans and acted on those attitudes on a daily basis. In short, during that period when the Presbyterian Church was establishing itself as a central part of American life, most of its members were promoting slavery and anti-Black racism. In this important book, William Yoo demonstrates that to understand how Presbyterian Christians can promote racial justice today, they must first understand and acknowledge how deeply racial injustice is embedded in their history and identity as a denomination.
STARTING JANUARY 5, 2023