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God is to be found in the doings. In which case, like the angels counseled in Acts, we need not look up to the heavens, waiting for God. God is here, right now, all around us, in all that upholds and transforms life. Indeed in God we move and have our being. Come join us at 11 a. Sunday May 8th Dana Cantwell will lead us on a discussion of the state of our criminal justice system and possible reforms that our church can be involved in to make a change!
Sunday May 15th Tom Schott will present a video and lead a further discussion on our criminal justice system and considering next steps. Please join us Saturday, May 14th at p. When: Saturday, May 14th at p. What to bring: salads or other sides to go with brisket and smoked turkey, desserts, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic drinks, alcoholic beverages of your choice ….
What Kay and Don will provide: brisket and smoked turkey; paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic utensils; ice. May 23rd 7pm Our book study will resume. It looks like it can be a helpful too for us to rethink church in general and our church in particular:. Nixon and Estock give a thrilling forecast of where the church is going as we race toward the mid-century. This book is a wake-up call for those who still think church revitalization is simply a matter of doing better the things that used to come so easily.
A must-read for anybody who is designing Christian ministry for the new world that is rapidly emerging around us.
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And in the life of the community this is important too! So Don and Kay Holladay are throwing together a celebration for the church. They write:. What to bring : salads or other sides to go with brisket and smoked turkey, desserts, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic drinks, alcoholic beverages of your choice ….
What Kay and Don will provide : brisket and smoked turkey; paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic utensils; ice. This summer will provide more opportunities, I hope for all of us to connect with each other as well as with our hopes and dreams for the church. Revising our information about Conversation Sunday from last week we have a presentation being led by. She received her Ph. Her research focuses on female crime and deviance, the incarceration of women, and the impact of corrections policies on families of offenders. She has served on the executive board of the American Society of Criminology and was the founding editor of Feminist Criminology, the official journal of the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology.
May 2nd 7pm Our book study will resume. Our church is linking up with the work of First Christian in sharing college ministries. We meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at noon in the student union over a free meal and good discussion. Mervin Tay has taken on a new position in Oklahoma City where he will have a wider audience for his musical skills and abilities! This Sunday April 24th, is our last Sunday with him. So we invite you to join us on a send off and hymn sing music service. For many years he has provided amazing music for this congregation, both as our pianist, but also in writing music and providing musical ensembles and other artists to share their gifts with us.
Some of you may recall that when our previous pianist announced his resignation in order to move to Boise, ID and become a rock star we were left with a void to fill. He was prepared. Before the service Rev. April 24th Our Quarterly Congregational Meeting will be held at a. May 1st Dr. It is a social and psychological look at how we can come to be aware of the challenges we face at a civilizational level. Food and discussion included! And thanks to everyone who had a chance to learn from Hal Taussig and Maia Kotrostis as we delved into the history of the early church and cannon.
Special thanks go to Kay Holladay who helped organize so much of this event! I received a lot of responses back to the column Easter for the Rest of Us which appeared in the Norman Transcript. I appreciated the discussion it stirred!
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You have to believe x or you are not a Christian. We see this in religion. But we also see this in politics. You see it anywhere boundaries are being policed. Beliefs are often treated as a requirement. They are an obligation and a virtue. You must believe! They should instead be as natural and fitting to our life and experience such that when held, they simply describe the world as we know it. It just got him killed. Death had the last word and still does. On the one hand death is not defeated. We still die. The eschaton did not come, the end of history is a bust. Mortality is real.
Death can lose its sting for Paul but it does not vanish. It simply has no ultimate power. This is not a denial of death as much as re-constituting the meaning of it. On the one hand, it takes no leap of the imagination to see how ideas can be immortal. Ideas cannot be defeated by crucifixions or even by censorship. If it is a compelling idea, one that speaks truth on some level, there is very little that an empire could do to squash it.
Events, including the events surrounding a life also have that ability. Any event that happens creates the kind of world we know and experience. It makes the universe just what it is. This is because events are not discrete happenings. They are fully related to every other event, to any possible future. Once an event happens, it is objectified. It becomes the raw material for the future.
It cannot be undone.
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Anything that follows will be enmeshed in any possible future. In this sense, we and the content of our lives can never be vanquished.
They remain in God and in the ongoing story of the universe. It takes a kind of hubris that many empires have had, to try to erase that past. This would suggest that the meaning of Jesus life and his teaching do have a kind of immortality. This is given evidence to in the church which emerged. But even if no church had emerged, whether an event is remembered or not, they constitute the kind of world God has to work with for any future to be had. We are as much impacted by the lives of countless people whether we know their stories or not or can recite their names or not. Think of any Native American who walked the lands of Oklahoma a thousand years ago.
They also are in God and embedded in the world we currently inhabit as well as any possible world to come. These earthen vessels never contain the full extent of any given life. This was not inaugurated by Jesus, rather his life exemplified something which has already been a foot in our world. It means that if we wanted to follow Jesus, it would not be because he was involved in some unique supernatural act such that his ideas are vouchsafed.
But then beliefs about Jesus would not give us a special status anymore. Sunday Morning Events. April 17th Rev. Dwight Welch will lead a discussion as we unpack what we learned at the Jesus Seminar event at a. Teachers, mainstream media, and many others assume that Christianity began with the incarnation of Jesus Christ or the preaching of Paul, but the evidence from the first and second century points to a very different way of understanding the origins of what eventually became Christianity.
It tells a story of a maelstrom of social brokenness, minglings of unfamiliar people, and off-beat ways of identifying, engendered by the violence of the Roman Empire. Registration is open and begins this week with reduced rates for those who register early. Hal Taussig Ph. Care Packets for the homeless include deodorant, self care products, snack foods Resident and Shelter Needs include soap, cleaning supplies, furniture, diapers.
I appreciate Norman so much for a number of reasons. But what comes to mind today is that this community provides so many opportunities for learning. I wanted to highlight a few events happening this week that may interest folks, especially as the bear on the question of how to negotiate differences, how to negotiate the other. Radicalization and Response : Enhancing our understanding of why individuals respond to and adopt radical positions on political and social issues.
This talk features Dr. It is behing held this Thursday, April 7th at p. For more information, call Hillel is located at Elm Avenue and the community is invited! Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they have been the recipient of anti gay and anti abortion protesters over the last several Sundays. It says something about building interfaith relations so we can support each other. It says that despite extremism and hate, love will find a way. That strikes me as the promise of Easter.
April 10th Chris Cater will lead a discussion on the Jesus Seminar to prepare us for our event Sunday at a. Dwight Welch will lead a discussion as we unpack what we learned at the Jesus Seminar event. Mainly because this period was so formative in my religious thinking. It was exciting to see so many questions raised about fundamental religious questions. By a bishop no less! Especially because they were my questions too!
It made me realize that how I envisioned Jesus mattered. It mattered about how I thought about God, what I thought the Christian faith was about and it made me have a kinship with a Jesus I never knew existed beforehand. This led me to read Robert Funk and a number of seminar scholars.
As that process of rethinking Christianity continued our campus ministry in participated in a live telecast of a symposium of scholars connected with the Jesus Seminar called Jesus at I remembered as we huddled to get a question down to ask Harvey Cox. It was, how do we relate the message of progressive Christianity to Generation X?
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Of course that question never goes away as churches today ask how to reach the Millennials. And while the names I grew up with from Borg to Spong may be unknown to them, the spirit and the ideas behind the Jesus Seminar continues on today as a new generation rethinks religious faith for themselves. This is also reflected in how the Jesus Seminar operates itself. Yes they rely on long time scholars in the field but they are paired up with up and coming new scholars who are beginning to make their mark in the field of New Testament scholarship.
In our case, we are lucky to host Hal Taussig who for decades has worked in early church history and in particular, the role of meals and communion in the early church. And we have a younger scholar Maia Kotrosits, who has focused on the role of violence and displacement in shaping the early Christian imagination. As we have the information below on how to register for this event, I wanted to highlight that it is possible to show up for the whole day and half of lectures and discussions.
If so, you will want to register by April 1st to get the early bird special. You can also register to attend one or several of the lectures by themselves depending on your schedule. If you are a pastor or a religious leader, this event counts as continuing education. And it is a chance to bring some of the top and newest voices in New Testament scholarship to the University of Oklahoma.
And maybe a religious spark will be lit in young folks like it was for me several decades ago. April 3rd Conversation Sunday, Dr. Sally Church will lead a discussion over a shared meal on Sunday at a. This line struck me on many levels. Women not being believed. Their voices not considered credible. For years until the Congregationalists, women were not allowed to be clergy. They were were not considered to be the apostles like the 12 men in the Gospels.
They could not represent Christ in the sacraments. And they could only be considered suspect when it came to religious questions. But in the Gospel accounts, all four of them, women were central to the resurrection accounts.
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