A New Family: Video Study on how Jesus Opens the Doors of the Church
Join Pastor Lauren Gully as we look at three short films (shown online during the class) and discuss how Jesus opens up the doors of the Sanctuary from the prospective of the influential writer, Rachel Held Evans.
Rachel, in her work, opened a space for people to become involved with the evolution of their faith by example. Her books and gatherings created a safe space for people to allow and examine their beliefs and doubts. She was a voice of inclusion and social justice. She strove to be grace-filled while admitting her imperfection. Her advocation was for the heart of God which is for the people of God. She inspired change and sometimes provoked resistance. But as she says in this series, her hope was to start more conversations than end them. So let’s begin the conversation!
To register for the class or ask questions about using Zoom email Elizabeth Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defining Moments: Transforming Our Challenges into Opportunities
A Three-Week Zoom Study
Wednesday evenings beginning May 27
Thursday mornings, beginning May 28
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced us all into adapting and, in many ways, changing the way we live. This is a defining moment for us as individuals as well as humanity collectively. Throughout the Bible, we see individuals who meet their challenges and turn them into opportunities that deepen their faith and influence the lives of others as well. How can we find hope and draw courage from their stories? Please join Pastor Gerald Chinen and Dr. Jennifer W. Davidson for a three-week study on the lives of Ruth, Jonah, and Esther.
Dr. Jennifer W. Davidson (www.jenniferwdavidson.com) is Professor of Theology & Worship at American Baptist Seminary of the West and a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. A passionate educator with extensive experience teaching adult learners in intercultural settings, Jennifer loves to empower others as they discover their own voices and come to deeper insights about themselves and the world in the light of God’s grace. Jennifer brings a deep and abiding interest in lived spirituality, seeking to cultivate attentiveness to the presence of the sacred in everyday life. She is the author of the book River of Life, Feast of Grace: Baptism, Communion, and Discipleship (2019). Jennifer and her husband Doug started attending LOPC in February 2020 and are deeply thankful for the sense of community they have found here, even in the midst of social distancing!