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2020 Fall Classes

Recognizing Whiteness and Dismantling Racism

November 22

9:45 - 10:45 am

We will hear insights and experiences from participants in our Recognizing Whiteness and Dismantling Racism and consider next steps.

 

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We, the People: Strengthening Our Collective Resolve to Make God’s Love Visible in the World 

September 13 - November 22
9:45-10:45 am
Various Speakers
Zoom ID: included in This Week email

In light of a global pandemic and social unrest, this extraordinary year 2020 has raised a number of issues demanding our full attention. This class will feature an exciting spectrum of speakers sharing thoughts and information from the perspective of their respective fields of expertise and experience. What questions do we have, what answers do we need, from those on the front lines as we seek to form a more perfect union for one and all to build a healthy, independent, and productive society.

Class Schedule

9/13 Introduction

9/20 Voting Rights Revisited

9/27 WomenLead

10/11 Work/Life Economic Reset

10/18 Politicization of Non-Political Issues

10/25 The Federal Deficit in an Era of Covid 19

11/8 Trusting the News

11/15 Global Health and a Once-in-a-century Pandemic

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Juanita Watson’s Favorite Gospel: The Book of Mark 

September 13 - October 25 
9:45-10:45 am
Juanita Watson
Zoom ID: included in This Week email

This class will explore the wonders of our own Juanita Watson’s favorite book of the Bible, the Gospel of Mark. Mark is believed to be the earliest of the canonical Gospels, possibly going back before the fall of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 A.D. Some biblical scholars think it was written from Rome and may reflect the memories and preaching of the apostle Peter as recorded by his assistant, John Mark. The course will emphasize the writer’s answer to the question: Who is this Jesus of Nazareth? Come join Juanita as we learn about and discuss this jewel of the New Testament canon. Juanita advises that it would be helpful if participants could read the whole gospel at one sitting before the class starts, but that’s not a prerequisite, though the Book of Mark consists of 16 short chapters. Juanita will enliven our study with N. T. Wright’s Mark for Everyone by Westminster/John Knox Press (2d Ed.) available on Amazon.com.

9/13 Class

9/20 Class

9/27 Class

10/11 Class

10/18 Class

10/25 Class

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Vincent: The Spirituality of Van Gogh

September 13 - October 25 
7:00-8:00 pm
Kevin Lacson
Zoom ID: included in This Week email

Before Van Gogh picked up his pencil to pursue art, he felt it his mission to preach the Gospel, an aspect of his life many biographers and art critics qualify as a phase. Upon a closer look, however, the work of Vincent’s hand expresses a deep engagement with the Gospel and the spirituality with which he experienced the world. To encounter the rich vision Vincent Van Gogh, framed on canvas, is to see the many ways—in the giving and receiving of beauty and grace—faith has the power to inform art and art, the power to inform faith.

9/13:  Early Life and Theological Themes
9/20:  The Bible and the Novel
9/27: “An artist greater than all artists”
10/11: Japan is in Southern France
10/18: The Ghost Paintings
10/25: Three van Gogh Paintings

9/13 Class

9/20 Class

9/27 Class

10/11 Class

10/18 Class

10/25 Class

 

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Connections Parents Class

September 27, October 18, November 8, December 13
10:00-10:45 am
Zoom Meeting ID: contact Andrew Esqueda

The Connections class will meet once a month via Zoom with Rev. Andrew Esqueda to explore David Zahl’s book, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to do About it.

9/27 Class

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2020 Spring/Summer Classes

Speaking of Faith

 

The Speaking of Faith series will be hosted on ZOOM at 9:00 am each Sunday in June. Speakers will share stories of their faith journey followed by a live Q&A session.

 

6/07/20 Kim Clayton

6/14/20 Caroline Brown

6/21/20 Martha Farmer

6/28/20 Grace and Richard Powers

 

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Psalms Under Quarantine

Coming this May join Interim Senior Pastor Kim Clayton for a three-week exploration of the way the psalms illuminate our lives in the midst of a pandemic.

 

Session I

Session II

Session III

 

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To Be Remembered: Lynn Riggs and American Theater

Georgia State University Professor Gina Caison will lead a four-week study of "The Cherokee Night and Other Plays" by Native American author and playwright Lynn Riggs.

 

Despite the fact that Oklahoma! is one of the best known American musicals, few people today remember its Cherokee writer, Lynn Riggs. He was a prolific dramatist during the first part of the century, respected and active alongside contemporaries such as Paul Green, Zora Neale Hurston, and Tennessee Williams. Born in the Cherokee Nation in 1899, Riggs drew heavily from his experiences growing up in Claremore, which was under a period of transition as it moved from Indian Territory to become the state of Oklahoma. During his relatively short life, he wrote for Hollywood, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and saw his writing reach huge audiences through musical adaptation. His best work, however, explores themes of vengeance, justice, greed, and survival — words not often associated with Rogers and Hammerstein’s cheerful take on his Green Grow the Lilacs. In this course, we will read three of Riggs’ plays: the beloved Green Grow the Lilacs, the dark and deeply troubling The Cherokee Night; and the Jacob & Esau story, Out of Dust.

 

The video series is password protected. Contact Kevin Lacson for the password.

Introduction

Green Grow the Lilacs

The Cherokee Night

Out of Dust

 

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Theology Under Quarantine

Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd

These are trying times. No doubt most of us have more pressing concerns, but I can’t help but think about some of the theological questions being provoked by this crisis. (We all cope in different ways!)

Distancing and Disorientation

Life can be understood as a series of seasons: orientation (times when things are settled), disorientation (times of disruption), and new orientation (graced times when the gift of life is given again). Tracing this theme through the Bible, we’ll explore how it helps us to understand where we are and how we should live in these difficult days.

Session I Video

 

Pandemics and Providence

Not too many people are asking the question explicitly, but it’s lurking in the background: where is God in the midst of this pandemic? Is coronavirus somehow an “act of God”? Is it in the nature of divine power to stop the virus? We’ll explore different ways of thinking about the power and presence of God in the midst of a pandemic.

Session II Video

 

Coronavirus and Church

Jesus said he is present whenever two or more are gathered in his name. What if we can’t even get two or more together because of social distancing? The church is rapidly reinventing many of its core practices in this time. What are some good things we might be gaining? What are some things we need to be careful about losing?

Session III Video

 

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Top 12 Trinity Explores

We've assembled a collection, a "best of" Trinity Explores series, that Trinity has hosted over the years. There is a wide range of topics with such notable speakers as Walter Brueggemann, Don Saliers, and Martha Moore-Keish. Take a listen. 

Top 12

 

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