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
“Climate Church, Climate World” Study
You are invited to join us in the Parish House on Thursday evenings, 5:00pm-6:00pm, as we begin a new nine-session study of the book “Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change" by Jim Antal. The book “argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice. Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges. Antal calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God’s creation.” (from amazon.com)
Participants should read the designated section of the book (one chapter per week) prior to our Thursday meeting and be prepared to discuss any thoughts, questions, and curiosities spurred by the weekly reading. The remaining reading and meeting schedule is:
November 7th—Foreword, Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1
November 14th—Chapter 2 & Interlude
November 21st—meeting canceled
November 28th—no meeting
December 5th—no meeting
December 12th—Chapters 3 & 4
December 19th—Chapter 5
December 26th—no meeting
January 2nd—no meeting
January 9th—Chapters 6 & 7
January 16th—Chapter 8
January 23rd—Chapter 9 and Epilogue
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.
Exploring Religious Traditions
In February, 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.
Presentations are being planned for the second Tuesdays of February, March, and April and will begin at 6:00pm. For the time being please mark your calendars for February 11, March 10, and April 14.
Please check back for more information regarding these future events.
Iowa's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund
On a Sunday in February (exact date yet to be determined), we will continue our series of monthly educational opportunities to address the great moral challenge of the ecological crisis.
During the February session, State Representative Wes Breckenridge, representing Iowa House District 29, will speak 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 will share about what initiatives the Trust Fund is set up to provide and address its connections to the state house.
Breckenridge was elected to the Iowa House in November 2016. He serves as an Assistant Minority Leader in the Iowa House and previously served as the Ranking Member of the Iowa House Justice Systems Budget. Breckenridge earned a master’s degree in management from American Military University, has a Master’s Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia, and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He also received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University. Breckenridge currently works as an instructor of criminal justice at DMACC. In 2017, he retired as a lieutenant from the Newton Police Department after a 27 career.
A brief worship service will take place at 10:00am prior to the presentation.