UNDERSTANDING WORLD RELIGIONS
Led by John Lunsford
Meeting in the Conference Room
Starting October 28 meeting in the Chapel during both services.
Understanding World Religions is a 26-week course using the format of approximately 20 minute videos followed by class discussion and connecting the new knowledge for understanding our possible neighbors. Our valley is filled with emigrants and temporary workers from countries and cultures that we are sometimes ignorant about. We are sometimes hesitant to open conversations with them concerned that we might offend them or cannot find anything in common with them.
This course could increase your understanding of what they believe and why they believe it. Empathy is difficult when we have little understanding of how others might think of our beliefs and/or culture. We might be able to connect with them following the examples of evangelism in Acts of finding connections which could give us an opening to share our truth and relationship with God.
I Corinthians 9:22 encourages us to understand those around us at work and in our neighborhoods. I recently read a comment on this subject and the author gave this bottom line example. “Granted that we should be hospitable to (fill in the blank)s, what exactly should we say to them once they’re over for dinner?”
Come and learn. We will be spending approximately three to four weeks on each of the following:
SEPTEMBER -- What is Religion and how do we understand them
OCTOBER -- African Traditions
NOVEMBER -- Hindu Traditions
DECEMBER -- Buddhism
JANUARY -- Judaism
FEBRUARY -- Christianity
MARCH -- Islam
Questions? Contact John Lunsford.
THE OPEN CONVERSATION
Led by various teachers
Meeting in the Chapel
Once Christianity Explored ends, both classes will meet together in the Chapel to learn about World Religions. Sessions will be offered at both 8:30 and 10:30am.
Questions? Contact Mark Bucko.