The Great Courses “Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad” – Sunday morning discussion

Our Board of Lifelong Learning Sunday Morning Discussion at 8:30 am presents The Great Courses “Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad” taught by Professor Mark W. Muesse. In this course, we examine these four figures both separately and comparatively in an effort to grasp the essential features of their lives and teachings and to explore the factors that contributed to their greatness.  This course includes 36 lectures, but feel free to stop in to view the ones that interest you the most.  Come join the Sunday morning community of lifelong learners!

August 20 – Becoming a Sage
August 27 – A Gentleman and a Scholar
September 3 – Heaven and Earth
September 10 – Doing unto Others
September 17 – How to Rule a Kingdom
September 24 – What a Sage Does
October 1 – Confucius and Confucianism
October 8 – India at the Time of the Buddha
October 15 – Siddhattha Gotama
October 22 – The First and Second Great Awakening
October 29 – Knowing the World
November 05 – Can’t Get no Satisfaction
November 12 – Getting to the Farther Shore
November 19 – How the Buddha Taught
November 26 – The Buddha and Buddhism
December 03 – The Jewish and Roman Worlds of Jesus
December 10 – The Son of Mary
December 17 – The First 30 Years
December 24 – No class
December 31 – The Kingdom of God
January 7 – Back to the Future
January 14 – Jesus’ Christology
January 21 – The Last Days in Jerusalem
January 28 – How Jesus Became Christ
February 11 – No Class
February 18 – Arabia in the Days of Ignorance
February 25 – The Trustworthy One
March 4 – “I Am Only A Messenger”
March 11 – Madinahn
March 18 – “There is No God but Al-Lah”
March 25 – The Ethics of Islam

“Painting the Stars” – new weekly program beginning August 7

“When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

Our Board of Lifelong Learning presents “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith” a weekly program starting Monday, August 7, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. hosted by Debby Stinton, Assistant Pastor. This is a seven-week program and was produced by the same people that did “Living the Questions.”

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, “Painting the Stars” explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. There is a participant reader written by evolutionary theologian Bruce Sanguin that goes along with the video presentation.

Session titles:

1. Toward Healing the Rift
2. A Renaissance of Wonder
3. Getting Genesis Wrong
4. An Evolving Faith
5. Evolutionary Christianity
6. Imagining A Future
7. An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism

Living the Questions

Your Board of Lifelong Learning presents –

“Living the Questions 2.0: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity”

a weekly program starting Monday, May 1, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. hosted by Debby Stinton, Assistant Pastor. The program will be offered for approximately 12 weeks. This DVD series was written and produced by Jeff Procter-Murphy and David Felton, United Methodist Pastors.

“Living the Questions is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers. LtQ creates an environment where participants not only interact with one another in exploring the best of today’s theological thought, but together strive to explore what’s next for Christianity.”

Let’s do some God-talk!

May 1st – An Invitation to Journey & Taking the Bible Seriously
May 8th – Thinking Theologically & Stories of Creation
May 15th – Lives of Jesus & A Passion for Christ: Paul
May 22nd – Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
May 29th – Restoring Relationships & The Prophetic Jesus
June 5th – Evil, Suffering & A God of Love, plus The Myth of Redemptive Violence
June 12th – Practicing Resurrection &
Debunking the Rapture
June 19th – Reclaiming the World
June 26th – A Kingdom with Walls & Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision
July 3rd – Incarnation: Divinely Human & Prayer: Intimacy with God
July 10th – Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry & Creative Transformation
July 17th – Embracing Mystery

“The Apostle” showing at Cosmic Christians discussion group

The Cosmic Christians discussion group is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:30 am, Jack Evans will be showing the movie, “The Apostle” with Robert Duvall to our group as an enhancement to our discussion of the parable “Hidden Treasure”, Matthew 13:44.

The movie presents the theme of being seduced by what we think is good into action with an immoral outcome. Jack tells us that the movie also gives us a different and sympathetic perspective on fundamentalists. We invite anyone who wishes to come to join us. For more information, contact Linette Stenberg (623-334-9197) or .

2017 Lenten Series

2017 Lenten Series

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 11:15 am, led by Mary Whitlock

We will begin reading our Lenten Series Selection “The Way” by Adam Hamilton on Wednesday March 1, Ash Wednesday.

“…travel with Adam Hamilton as he retraces the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Once again, Hamilton approaches his subject matter with thoughtfulness and wisdom, just as he did with Jesus’ crucifixion in 24 Hours That Changed the World and with Jesus’ birth in The Journey… Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, Hamilton follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought. This 40-day focus will help you and your group grow deeper in their faith, learn more about the life of Christ… This new edition includes devotions for each chapter and photos from Adam’s trip to the Holy Lands.”

If you are interested in joining our Lenten series, please talk to Mary Whitlock about getting a book.

Tentative schedule for discussion:

  • March 7: Preface, Prologue: John the Baptist and Jesus, Chapter 1 Baptism and Temptation
  • March 14: Chapter 2 The Healing Ministry
  • March 21: Chapter 3 Proclaiming the Kingdom
    •  (we will be meeting in the sanctuary as this takes place during the Rummage Sale set-up)
  • March 28: Chapter 4 Calming the Storm
  • April 4: Chapter 5 Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor
  • April 11: Chapter 6 The Final Week, Epilogue