In the gospels, Jesus is shown calling disciples (students) and teaching them and the crowds that gathered around him as he challenged them to think differently regarding who God is and how to live authentically as children of God. We who seek to be followers, disciples of Jesus are destined for a lifetime of learning.
We currently offer two on-going opportunities for such study in the forms of a weekly Thursday evening Bible study and a monthly Wednesday "Morning Circle." Additionally, we are engaged in a monthly Tuesday evening study focused on religious diversity and a Sunday morning study focusing on our call to care for God's creation. Find out more below!
Thursday Evening Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark
All are invited to gather in the Parish House on Thursday evenings, 5:00pm-6:00pm, as we begin a 12-week study of the Gospel of Mark to explore this earliest written and shortest gospel included in the New Testament. Study materials in addition to the gospel text from “Mark: A Listen Up! Bible Study” will be provided throughout the course of our study together.
Participants should come prepared to discuss any thoughts, questions, and curiosities spurred by the weekly reading. The meeting and reading schedule for the study is as follows:
March 5th—cancelled (Rev. Petersen sick)
March 12th—Mark 1 (Fasten Your Seatbelts)
March 19th—Mark 2-3 (Not Everyone Thinks Jesus is a Good Thing)
March 26th—Mark 4 (Sowing Seeds of Confusion)
April 2nd—Mark 5 (Legions of Demons, Blood, Death, and Healing)
April 9th—no meeting, Maundy Thursday
April 16th—Mark 6-7 (True Power)
April 23rd—Mark 8 (Who is this Guy? And do we really want to know?)
April 30th—Mark 9-10 (One the Way)
May 7th—Mark 11-12 (It Happened One Week)
May 14th—Mark 13-14:11 (Apocalypse Now)
May 21st—Mark 14:12-15:15 (Our Place in the Passion)
May 28th—Mark 15 (A Man of Sorrows)
June 4th—Mark 16 (An Unfinished Story)
Please contact Rev. Petersen with any questions.
This group meets in the Parish House on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:30am (no meetings in July or December). During each gathering, we enjoy opening fellowship with refreshments, share in a time of devotions, and engage in a book study.
In August, the group will begin studying "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants" by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The reading schedule is soon to be announced. All are welcome to join us as we come together for fellowship, devotions, and study seeking to follow more closely in the way of Jesus.
On Tuesday, March 10th, 6:00pm-7:30pm, we will continue our series of monthly educational opportunities to learn more about a diversity of religious traditions that we might better understand our neighbors (both near and far) and be empowered to love them more fully.
During this session, Sally Frank will speak about the history; central tenets, beliefs, and practices; and common misunderstandings of Judaism. Additionally, she will speak to environmental justice from the perspective of Judaism.
Ms. Frank is an active member of Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Des Moines and has been on its board for more years than she can count. She is currently on the North American Board of the Union of Reform Judaism and the international board of Women of Reform Judaism. In the past, she served several years on the Commission on Social Action for Reform Judaism. Professionally, Sally Frank is a Professor of Law at Drake University.
Iowa's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund
On Sunday, February 23rd, we continued our series of educational opportunities to address the great moral challenge of the ecological crisis.
During this session, State Representative Wes Breckenridge, representing Iowa House District 29, and Steve Falck, Senior Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, spoke about Iowa's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. In 2010, 63% of Iowans voted to create the Trust Fund, which is a permanent and protected funding source. However, the fund remains empty to this day because it requires a state sales tax increase of 3/8ths of a cent for funding. Breckenridge and Falck shared about what initiatives the Trust Fund is set up to provide and address its connections to the state house.
If you weren't able to join us, you can check out their presentation below.