Wednesday Adult Bible Class

Posted: 8/29/2013

It's a wonderful time to be a Christian! Over the past few hundred years Christianity in the west has focused primarily on knowledge about God trying to develop correct theologies, formulas, catechisms, and creeds. Experience, knowledge of God, has largely been ignored.

In our time, however, that has begun to change. A number of theologians have been working at bringing our knowledge about God in line with our experience of God. This year in our Wednesday Adult Class we will look at the work of several of these theologians and try to do the same-bring our lives and our world into a new kind of wholeness.

Each session will begin with a short lecture on one aspect of this struggle to synthesize our thinking about God and our experience of God. We will discuss that material and see how it coincides with our own understanding and experience. Then we will look for ways that we might practice making that understanding a part of our own lives.
This series will begin with an in-depth study of the doctrine of the Trinity-the driest of all theologies a few years ago, but now, perhaps, the liveliest doctrine ever! With the help of Catherine Lacugna, Richard Rohr, and Mark McIntosh we will begin to see that the Trinity speaks of God as a movement, a force, a flow of love, a powerful relationship that changes us and continually invites us into deeper communion.

We will next turn to science, which for the last 250 years has been separated from religion. With the help of theologians Ilia Delio and Bruce Sanguin, scientists Carter Phipps, Fritjof Capra, and David Bohm, and Christian mystic and scientist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, we will gain an understanding of the "new science" and how that coincides with our understanding of God as Trinity. We will look at the Big Bang, evolution, quantum physics, chaos theory, string theory, and a whole lot more. Our hope is to begin to bring science and religion back together.

Our last series will address how our understanding of atonement is changing. With the help of Rene' Girard, James Alison, Mark Heim, Walter Wink, and Richard Rohr we will look at a new way of understanding the benefits of Christ's death and resurrection where people are not excluded but where "everything belongs."

I hope you will join us for this exciting romp through some very exciting ideas, concepts and practices. A different kind of church is emerging in our midst. It is not so much new as it is a recovery of the old. Join us so we can discover what parts of it fit our journey here at Holy Comforter.

This class will begin Wednesday, September 18th at 10:30 am. Bring your ideas and experience. This will not be about being baptized with water. This will be about being baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire!