The Accidental Theologian: Selected Films by Clint Eastwood | September 20 - November 1
Profound issues of good and evil, life and death make the silver screen a palate for theological reflection
Leader: Gary Rowe
Rowe is a Peabody award-winning media producer with thousands of hours of radio and television productions throughout his career. He has taught media courses in three colleges and universities and at McAfee School of Theology.
This class is comprised of six sessions that will examine these films, in this order: Unforgiven, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, American Sniper Letters from Iwo Jima, and Hereafter. All titles are available on Netflix, as DVDs and for $2.99 as rentals through Amazon. See how an insightful filmmaker is doing in theology. Hosted viewing parties are encouraged.
Convener: Jean Ellen
Location: Keystone Class, Taylor Conference Room
Creation, the Garden, and Desire: A Study of Genesis 1-3 | September 20 - October 4
Explore anew the stories of the creation and the unraveling of life in the Garden.
Leader: Christine Yoder, Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
Explore anew the ancient stories about the creation and the unraveling of life in the Garden. We will pay particular attention to Israel's descriptions of God, humanity, and creation in the ancient Near Eastern context, life in the Garden of Eden, and the role of desire and its consequences.
The Book of Jonah: Lessons for our Fractured World | October 11 - 25
Jonah shows us what bigotry and hatred of foreigners and enemies looks like to God.
Leader: Robert Catterall, Central member and Bible study enthusiast.
The book of Jonah uses the character of an outrageous excuse of a prophet to show the leaders and people of Judah just how foolish they looked with their insistence on isolationism and the exclusion of "the other." It asks the question, "If God loves the outsider, shouldn't we?"
Convener: Robert Catterall
Location: Logos Class, The Greene Room
Images of the Church in the New Testament | September 20 - 27
Leader: The Rev. Beth Johnson; Beth teaches New Testament at Columbia Seminary and has worshipped at Central since 1998.
We will look at various images of the church in the New Testament--family, body, assembly, flock, and so on--and ask how they inform our own sense of the church and its life and mission.
“Peace with Justice” | Sundays in October
Review of the Israel / Palestine struggle
Leader(s): Delegates of the May 2015 Interfaith Peace Builders, Israel/Palestine
Central delegates of the May 2015 Interfaith Peace Builders trip to Israel-Palestine will share information, experiences and ways to learn more about the conflict, in addition to specific ways to help do something about it. Some are simple while others are more difficult. The complex history and politics of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict can begin to be understood by building a framework based on both reliable data and thoughtful, personal assessment. This is a one (1) month course that has been broken up into four topics and which are as follows (In chronological order): Land and History, Zionists, Occupation, and Non-violent Resistance.
Convener: Ed Carwile
Location: Sojourners Class, The Brotherhood Room
“Animate Faith” Series
Imaginative exploration of Christianity’s big questions introduced by contemporary theologians
Leader: Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Davis, Central Member
“Animate Faith” is a collection of innovative, artistic videos combining live action with animation to provoke meaningful conversation about Christian topics such as Jesus, the Church, the Cross, and the Bible. Each class will be a short video followed by a time of private reflection and then sharing ideas. As we explore how we answer some of Christianity’s big questions, we will consider how to share our faith with children and other adults in our lives.
Convener: Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Davis
Location: Faith & Family Class, The Parlor