Exploring Our Faith
Leader/Teacher: Susan Buckley, Facilitator
Room: FPC Library
10:00 - 10:50 (Summer hours: 11:00 a.m.)
New Lesson - Exploring Our Faith Sunday School Class
The Exploring Our Faith Sunday School Class begins a new book study June 16, 2019 How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, by Bart Ehrman. As a historian, the author presents an account of the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity, that Jesus was and is, God.
This class aims to create an encouraging, caring environment where persons (1) can talk about their faith without fear of judgment, and (2) be stimulated and transformed by relevant ways of understanding the Bible and Christianity.
Class members purchase, study and discuss contemporary, faith-related books chosen by consensus of the group. Leading is shared by volunteers from among class members. The 25 books we have read since 2008 are focused more on meaning than dogma. They have concerned themes of scripture, history of the Bible and of Christianity, the socially relevant Gospel of Jesus, Christian practice and discipline, current changes in Christian communities, and global issues facing Christianity.
We function as a small group, respecting the confidentiality of members who share personal information in our discussions. We sponsor a girl in Haiti through Compassion International. Our book choices are continually influenced by new publications, by our spiritual growth and interest, and by the current class makeup. Titles are announced several weeks in advance, and newcomers are always welcome.