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Classes

Class Option:  WHAT DOES BEING LUTHERAN, JELLO AND JESUS MEAN?
Target Audience:  Those interested in  learning about the Lutheran faith

Coming Soon this Fall…

Lutheranism is one of the largest branches of Protestantism that identifies with the teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th-century German reformer. Luther’s efforts to reform the theology and practice of the church launched the Protestant Reformation. The reaction of the government and church authorities to the international spread of his writings, beginning with the 95 Theses, divided Western Christianity.  Together, we’ll read theologian, Martin Marty’s book-“Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers”.  This is a four-week series.

 

“I truly look forward to serving as your Shepherd in Christ as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead” ~ Pastor Karis

North Clinton Online Class : Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Church

Target Audience:  North Clinton Neighborhood Community & People of Color in Hope Clinton

Instructors:  Pastor Carpenter, Pastor Karis

Coming this Fall…

Joy Unspeakable focuses on the aspects of the Black church that point beyond particular congregational gatherings toward a mystical and communal spirituality not within the exclusive domain of any denomination. This mystical aspect of the black church is deeply implicated in the well-being of African American people but is not the focus of their intentional reflection. Moreover, its traditions are deeply ensconced within the historical memory of the wider society and can be found in Coltrane’s riffs, Malcolm’s exhortations, the social activism of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. The research in this book-through oral histories, church records, and written accounts–details not only ways in which contemplative experience is built into African American collective worship but also the legacy of African monasticism, a history of spiritual exemplars, and unique meditative worship practices. A groundbreaking work in its original edition, Joy Unspeakable now appears in a new, revised edition to address the effects of this contemplative tradition on activism and politics and to speak to a new generation of readers and scholars.  This is a three-week series.

Class Option:  Accidental Saints

Target Audience:  Hope Clinton

Instructor: Pastor Karis

COMING IN MID OCTOBER…

What if that person you’ve been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?…And what if that’s the point? In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.” Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

 

In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

 

Told in Nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices.  This is two week series.

Class Option: The Ridiculous Journey:  Following a Nobody From Nowhere

Target Audience:  Hope Clinton

Instructor:  Pastor Karis

COMING SOON THIS FALL! 

A search for purpose and meaning in the events & choices in our lives.  A costly journey with an unknown destination.  A middle Eastern homeless man from 20 centuries ago and why he still stirs the souls of so many.  This 7-session series on Jesus’ invitation to follow him includes films by the radical Lutheran pastor, Nadia Boltz-Weber, Brene Brown and the list goes on.  Guest discuss with us Jesus as the revolutionary, the reconciler, the lover, the sage, the presence and what it means to follow Jesus.

Class Option:  Radical Welcome:  Embracing God, The Other and The Spirit of Transformation

Target Audience:  Hope Clinton Present Hope Group

Instructors:  Pastor Karis

STARTS SEPTEMBER 10 WITH Present Hope GROUP AT 7PM

Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation is at once a theological, inspirational, and practical guide for congregations that want to move beyond diversity and inclusion to present a vision for the church of the future: one where the transforming gifts, voices and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church. 

 

The book is based on two years of work and over 200 interviews with people in congregations around the United States–in urban, suburban, and rural settings, in the Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Pacific Northwest–asking the question, How do we face our fears and welcome transformation in order to become God’s radically welcoming people? Each chapter introduces a particular congregation and the challenges it faced, and lays out the theological underpinnings of tackling fears head-on and embracing change as a welcome part of community life.  This is a six week series.

Class Option:  Radical Welcome:  Embracing God, The Other and The Spirit of Transformation

Target Audience:  Hope Clinton Legacy Elders

Instructors:  John Feldman, Pastor Karis

STARTS SEPTEMBER 10 WITH LEGACY  GROUP AT 5PM

Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation is at once a theological, inspirational, and practical guide for congregations that want to move beyond diversity and inclusion to present a vision for the church of the future: one where the transforming gifts, voices and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church. 

 

The book is based on two years of work and over 200 interviews with people in congregations around the United States–in urban, suburban, and rural settings, in the Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Pacific Northwest–asking the question, How do we face our fears and welcome transformation in order to become God’s radically welcoming people? Each chapter introduces a particular congregation and the challenges it faced, and lays out the theological underpinnings of tackling fears head-on and embracing change as a welcome part of community life.  This is a six week series.