Spring Term - 2016 Session 2

Spring 2016 - Second Term 

Tuesdays, March 22 - April 26

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Classes are free and all are welcome. A light dinner will be served at 7:00 ($4 donation suggested), and the actual classes begin around 7:45 and end at 9:30.

Ecological Spirituality: Thomas Berry and His Call for New Religious Attitudes to Heal Our Relationship with the Earth - Led by David Novello  

Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest and historian of religions, is widely regarded as the most influential Christian voice on the need for rethinking our religious perspectives to avoid destroying the planet. Berry (1914-2009) began writing in the 1970s about our spiritual relationship with the Earth. He deplored our destructive attitudes and actions, and at the same time held out hope for a new creation story to lead us towards an “Ecozoic era” in which we would heal our relationship with the “Earth community.” In this class we will discuss Berry’s writings and watch a video on his life and influences. We will read the 200-page Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community (edited by Tucker and Grim). You can either buy it yourself before the first class, or ask David to order it for you.

 

 Exploring the Psalms - Led by Margreta Silverstone

The Psalms is a book that has the most imagery, the most passion, and the most sayings that have entered popular culture.  Yet, our culture cherry picks what to remember from the Psalms and not the full range of text. In this six-week class, we will explore the Psalms and their relevance to our life today.  We will explore the imagery and passion of the Psalms, whether as poetry or as music. We will seek to understand the desires of the authors, and to find modern parallels. We will work to appreciate the courage and spiritual wisdom of the ancient writers even as we determine to acknowledge their expressions of hatred, fear, and grief.  Using a variety of formats, both written and not, we will begin developing our own Psalms.  This class will partly fulfill the Old Testament requirements for becoming a Steward of Seekers Church.

 

Learninbg to Think and Feel Theologically - Led by Pat Conover

This is the first course in a Progressive Christian Theology series.  Everyone already thinks and feels theologically. We can help each other do it better by reconsidering our thinking and encouraging each other to notice, appreciate, and live into Saving Truth (kerygma). We will learn to better integrate inside-out and outside-in thinking. We will learn to better integrate the ways our thinking affects our feeling and the ways our feelings affect our thinking. We will consider and reconsider what matters most to us as individuals; what matters most in our relationships with companions, neighbors, and enemies; what matters most in our relationships with God. We will consider what salvation means and how it is possible even in the midst of the hardest of hard times.  There will be a minimum emphasis on reading and a large emphasis on journaling and conversation in and between classes. Please reflect on the following three questions in preparation for the first class:
     1. Who are you?
     2. What are you?
     3.  Do you feel thankful for the gifts of your life, your companions, your world, the Earth?

REGISTER

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Spring Term - 2016

Spring 2016 - First Term

Tuesdays, February 2 - March 8

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Classes are free and all are welcome. A light dinner will be served at 7:00 ($4 donation suggested), and the actual classes begin around 7:45 and end at 9:30.

Rethinking Call in a Changing World  

• Does God have a “good work” for me now? At this time in my life?  

• Is there a new way for us to listen and respond together? 

Explore the concept of call as a spiral journey—unfolding throughout our lives. This 6-week course will include individual and group exercises, discernment of gifts and ministries in the ordinary structures of our lives -- at home, at work, and in the hurting world around us. Come ready to listen, learn, participate and pray together.

Marjory Zoet Bankson will facilitate this exploration.  Her books, Call to the Soul and Creative Aging will be the primary texts for this class.

Prophets of Ancient Israel

We will focus on the eighth century BCE prophets, paying attention to the cultural/political conditions of the time, the prophetic call, the message itself, and the consequences for both the prophets and the nation. We will read and discuss the books of Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, and first Isaiah. There will be opportunities to reflect on the relevance, or lack of it, of their mode of prophecy to our times and lives.

Ken Burton will facilitate this class.

TO REGISTER

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Spring 2015 - Special Term

Special Term

May 12 - June 2

Spiritual Guidance at Seekers

Led by Marjory Zoet Bankson

This four-session class will refresh the purpose and practice of spiritual guidance at Seekers for those who are currently offering spiritual direction in mission groups and others who are interested in receiving spiritual companionship.

All participants are invited to come at 7 pm with a brown bag meal to eat together before class. Class starts at 7:45 pm

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SEEKERS SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN LIVING

What is the Sekers School of Christian Living?

The Seekers School of Christian living is an educational program offered by Seekers Church, an intentional Christian community in the tradition of the Church of the Saviour. We have two spring and two fall terms and offer two courses in each term. The terms are each six sweeks long. Sometimes there are short courses between the terms. Courses cover a wide variety of Biblical, Christian, community-building, and personal and spiritual growth topics. They typically blend discussion, class activities, and homework that emphasizes reflection and the practice of spiritual disciplines.

How much do the classes cost?

The classes are free. During the spring and fall semesters, a light dinner, open to all, is served before the class. A donation of $4.00 is requested from those who share in the meal.

Do I have to be a member of Seekers Church to attend?

The School of Christian Living welcomes all who seek spiritual growth and knowledge, whether or not they are members of Seekers Church.

How do I sign up for a course?

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Current Term

 

Spring 2015 - Second Term

The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart

Led by Peter Bankson

Are the Ten Commandments just a set of rules or are they a way of life? How does each one call us to reflect on out life and values? What does it mean to love God and our neighbor in a world where violence, greed, and fear threaten our lives, our values, our hearts? Using a DVD course by Joan Chittister, Peter Bankson will facilitate discussion of the Ten Commandments, ending with the two Great Commandments of the New Testament, "Love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Lila by Marilyn Robinson

Led by Brenda Seat

Lila, homeless, abandoned, but still proud walked into a small church in Gilead, Iowa one wretched rainy night. There she met a man, Reverend Ames, who reached out to her and with whom she felt safe, something she rarely felt with anyone. For her this was the beginning of a new chapter in her life, one where she didn’t need to wonder when her next meal would come from, or if someone would beat her. Instead she had to learn how to belong in a world that she had little preparation for and with little understanding of it ways. Her story is a story of strength and courage and taking a risk to find love and to hold on to it even when it was unfamiliar and uncomfortable.  

Lila is Lila’s story told in her own words, from her childhood until she reaches Gilead. Although we have heard parts this story from Reverend Ames’ perspective in Gilead, in Lila we hear it from the beginning and from Lila’s perspective, from her hard scrabble beginnings and Doll’s love and companionship, until she reaches and decides to stay in Gilead.

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