SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2017 (Fall Courses)
Is this your first time taking a Spiritual Formation class? If yes, please enroll in Bible Basics in November.
Listening to the Voice of Vocation, Pastor Kyndra Frazier, Facilitator (Monday, 9/11; Thursdays, 9/7, 9/21, and 9/28; 7 – 9 p.m.) This is a course designed to journey with persons who are experiencing the challenge of discovering their unique purpose and why they were gifted to the planet. In contemporary times one can often get bombarded by external societal and familial voices, which lure them away from the authenticity of who they are. This leads many of us to exist in careers that leave us empty, and eclipse our ability to thrive. This course will teach participants how to listen for what their life intends for them. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to dig deep and begin the courageous journey of discovering the vocation that will truly make their heart sing. The facilitator will be using Parker Palmer’s text, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation as the literary resource for this course.
The Wounded Healer, Deacon Charles Powell, Facilitator (Mondays, 10/2 & 10/16 – 10/30, 7-9 p.m.) The Wounded Healer is a course based on Henri J.M. Nouwen’s text, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in the church community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. Nouwen combines create case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. The facilitator will be using Nouwen’s The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society.
Creation is Waiting: The Person of Faith’s Response to Climate Change, Pastor Willa Rose Johnson, Facilitator (Wednesdays, 10/4 – 10/25, 7 – 9 p.m.) Using Naiomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, this course will examine the implications and the imperatives for people of faith as we face a changing climate. The course will elucidate conflicting information about climate change and the various environmental crises we face, and it will explore biblical and theological resources for framing a faithful response. It also aims to equip us with concrete ways to resist environmental degradation, starting with our own church family. The facilitator will be using the text, This Changes Everything by Naiomi Klein.
Sex, Violence, and the Bible, Min. Yolanda Richard, Facilitator (Thursdays, 10/5 – 10/26, 7 – 9 p.m.) This course will offer its participants an opportunity to confront, explore, and engage the sexual ethics of the Bible, particularly in scenes of sexual assault and abuse in the biblical text. The Bible is often seen as the inerrant word of God. In light of this, much of what we read in the Bible goes un-interrogated and un-inspected. The Bible is filled with sexual rhetoric, language, and politics that have influenced the way people of faith view ourselves and God in the aftermath of traumatic events. This course is intended to provide men and women interested in the topic of sexual violence and faith a safe space to explore the topic and discover resources for spiritual and emotional healing.
The Exquisite Risk, Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr., Facilitator, (11/3, 11/9, 11/10, and 11/16, 7-9 p.m.) In these fast-paced times, the exquisite risk facing each of us every day is to slow down and “still our own house” so that we may experience life rather than simply manage it. In this course, the facilitator will utilize The Exquisite Risk, by poet and teacher Mark Nepo, to encourage participants to become quiet enough and open enough to listen to what truly matters—our own hearts, our loved ones, the wonders of nature—in order to live a life with nothing held back. In rich, lyrical prose, Nepo shares his own spiritual path, including a battle with illness that helped him understand how only by daring to embrace all that life has to offer can we come to a deeper appreciation of its meaning and beauty.
Bible Basics, Min. Kim Arango and Rev. Eugenia Cooper, Facilitators (Wednesdays, 11/1 – 11/15 & 11/29, 7 – 9 p.m.) This foundational Spiritual Formation course introduces participants to the creation of the Bible, its components, and authorship. The facilitators will explore the societal context in which the Bible was created and the political climate that birthed the Bible. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation that engages questions about the Bible and more. This course is a prerequisite for most of the Spiritual Formation courses at FCBC.
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