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Adult Forum Fall 2017

August

  6        intro to fall forums

13        Fragmented Lives

20        Fragmented Lives

27        Fragmented Lives

As we grapple with being the Church in the 21st century, this series on Fragmented Lives (based on a book by that title by William Sachs and Michael Bos) “helps people let go of outdated notions of religion and belief so that faith can have new meaning…[and] provide[s] a Christian basis for rethinking what the church can be through a faith grounded in connection and compassion.”  Among other things, the series will explore the search of significance, awakening to wonder, and the faith to live differently.

September

  3        no forum (Labor Day weekend)

10        Victoria Hoppes: Diocesan Youth Director/Waycross

17        Intersection of Faith and AI (artificial intelligence)

24        Intersection of Faith and AI (artificial intelligence)

September 10  Victoria Hoppes, the new Director of Diocesan Youth and Waycross Camps, will join us for an exploration of the benefits to the Church of youth and camp ministries.

Sept 17 & 24   Intersection of Faith and AI (artificial intelligence).  This may seem like an unusual topic for an adult forum series, but it is not science fiction; it is already happening and the impact is seismic.  It entails questions of the nature of the soul, how the Church will respond, and even the economic impact (and how that will affect outreach ministries and the financial support of other ministries of the church) as major sectors of the job market are affected by automation.

October

  1        How our language helps or hinders our faith journey.

  8        How our language helps or hinders our faith journey.

15        Evangelism: (ECF/Vital Practices)

22        Evangelism: (ECF/Vital Practices)

29        review of diocesan convention

October 1        In a rather arduous journey back to the Faith chronicled in Kathleen Norris’s book Amazing Grace, Norris explores all the “churchy” words - words like atonement, hell, Trinity, “the church” - that hold all kinds of varying connotation and meaning, depending on your experience with them.  We will have a bit of fun exploring how our own unique Episcopal experience and vernacular helps or hinders our faith journey.

October 8        Continuing the theme of the influence of language, we will engage in an exercise on just exactly what it is we (say we) believe, as found in the Creeds, and see what comes of our own “re-writing” of the Creed(s) into language that might temper some of the more negative connotations that are increasingly associated with “churchy” words.

October 15 and 22      The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is a veritable wealth of information on all aspects of life in the Church, from finances to disaster response to evangelism and everything in between.  Using resources provided by ECF, we will explore our reticence with the very word “evangelism” and consider how we might reclaim the word and its meaning to sustain the vitality of our ministry in the 21st century.

October 29      Fr. Marc and the parish delegates to the diocesan convention will talk with parishioners about what occurred at the convention that concluded the day before.

 

November

  5        Current Events: Dealing with the Opioid Crisis

12        Christian Social Witness

19        20 Questions    

26        no forum (Thanksgiving weekend)

November 5    Christian social witness is not a mere footnote to the foundations of our faith, it is an outgrowth of them.  It is faith in action.  We have previously addressed other aspects of the social gospel, but today we will focus on matters of economic justice, since that is so foundational and indicative for systems of injustice that still pervade our society.

November 12 and 19  Continuing the theme of Christian social witness, these next two weeks will give us the opportunity to explore what faith in action really means; how we might actually practice it here in Columbus, with emphasis on the burgeoning opioid crisis (led by Dr. David Thompson & Julie Abedian, Columbus Opioid Task Force) and violence.

November 26  No forum today due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

 

December

  3        Joy: Exploration

10        Joy: Overcoming Obstacles to Joy    

17        Joy: Joy Practices

24        no forum (Christmas Eve)

Christmas is a time for joy, so why not spend the season of Advent preparing ourselves for the joy of welcoming our newly incarnate savior?  Using The Book of Joy as the basis for the three-Sunday series in December (book by Douglas Abrams that chronicles a week-long conversation on the nature of joy between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, who are close personal friends), plumb the depths of what we mean by joy, explore overcoming obstacles to joy, and then delve into joy practices that will help us sustain our newly deepened understanding of joy.