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.
Prior to the pandemic, we offered 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 were 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. Some of these opportunities are continuing to be offered virtually. Find out more below!
Thursday Evening Study
"How to Be an Antiracist" Study
We are offering an evening study of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. The New York Times Book Review named this book one of the 100 Notable Books of 2019. The eight-week study will meet via Zoom (some online with video and others via phone with audio only), on Thursday evenings, 5:30PM-6:30PM.
Here is a review of Kendi’s book to entice you to participate: From TIME: “Groundbreaking . . . Kendi dissects why in a society where so few people consider themselves to be racist the divisions and inequalities of racism remain so prevalent. How to Be an Antiracist punctures the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is—and what we should do about it.”
Participants should purchase a book and be prepared to discuss any thoughts, questions, and curiosities spurred by the weekly reading. The full meeting and reading schedule is as follows:
October 1-- Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, & 3 (Definitions; Dueling Consciousness; Power);
October 8 -- Chapters 4-5 (Biology; Ethnicity);
October 15 -- Chapters 6-7 (Body; Culture);
October 22 -- Chapters 8-9 (Behavior; Color);
October 29 -- Chapters 10-11 (White; Black);
November 5 -- Chapters 12-13 (Class; Space);
November 12 -- Chapters 14, 15, & 16 (Gender; Sexuality; Failure);
November 19 -- Chapters 17-18 (Success; Survival).
Contact the church office for information regarding how to access the Zoom meeting or click on the button to the left.
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.
Morning Circle is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Exploring Religion and Faith
Our series of monthly educational opportunities to learn more about a diversity of religious traditions is on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. You are encouraged to continue your own explorations of various faiths as you continue to grow in understanding our diverse neighbors (both near and far) and be empowered to love them more fully.
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.
This series is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.