Educational

For adults: The Adult Christian Education class is a time to discuss, share, and question those faith traditions we hold in common, as well as explore our individual faith journeys.

We explore the themes and texts for each Sunday's sermon.  This exercise will enable us to go deeper into the topic and leave the class with something to talk about as a community of faith. Join us in Room 6.

On May 19th Rev Dr James V Brownson offered the sermon and stayed for a lecture with a Q & A - click here.

James V. Brownson

James V. Brownson

James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament

A.B. University of Michigan
M.Div. Western Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary

I try to teach the New Testament in a way that helps students understand the gospel more deeply. That means understanding both the central message of Christian faith and the different ways in which that faith was lived out in the New Testament church. Understanding the unity and diversity of the New Testament is critical to understanding how Christians are to minister today."

 
What is the gospel, and how does it address and transform our lives? This is the question that has shaped Jim Brownson's academic and theological work. Jim's teaching and thinking tends to move between close and careful readings of the biblical text and wide-ranging exercises in theological imagination that bring the biblical text into conversation with life in the modern and postmodern world.

His passion is to equip students to understand the gospel both in its stunning simplicity and in its incredibly diverse applications to our lives. His scholarly and teaching interests include the Gospel of John, the Synoptic Gospels, biblical hermeneutics, contextual theology, and theology in service to the church. Dr. Brownson served Western eight years as Academic Dean and has contributed significantly to recent revisions in Western's M.Div. curriculum.

He is deeply involved in service to the Reformed Church in America, both in theological scholarship and in theological education. He is a long-standing member of the Gospel and Our Culture Network and a contributor to its ongoing research and publication. He often contributes to a variety of journals and magazines as well.

 

On January 27th Dr. Peter Rollins offered the sermon and stayed for a Lecture with a Q & A - click here.

Peter Rollins is a widely sought after writer, lecturer, storyteller and public speaker. He is also the founder of ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call "transformance art". Peter gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast and has earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA) and Post-Structural Thought (PhD). He is currently a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin and is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God. His most recent work is entitled Insurrection. He was born in Belfast but currently resides in Greenwich, CT and is employed by The Olson Foundation.

"You can’t be satisfied. Life is difficult. You don’t know the secret." - Peter Rollins

 

 

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