Fall 2022 Classes

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This fall, our our traditional Monday Night Class series continues, and, in a partnership with William Jewell College, we are also offering some Tuesday night class options. More information below.

Monday Night Classes

7:00 p.m. In-person only but recorded

What’s So Good about the Good News?
September 19 and 26: Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence, Country Club Christian Church

The word “gospel” is used in the New Testament to translate a Greek word meaning “good news.” But what’s so good about it, and is it good for everyone? In these interactive sessions we’ll look at various perspectives on the gospel, especially the so-called social gospel that addresses injustices in our world.

Imposing and Impossible Texts
October 17, 24, 31: Rabbi Michael Zedek, Rabbi in Residence, Saint Paul School of Theology

The first five books of the Bible (aka, the Torah) are full of wonderful, heartwarming stories. They are also full of some of the most troubling stories, the kind that result in people not even wanting to read their Bibles. In this deep dive with respected scholar and rabbi, Michael Zedek, we’ll explore some of these narratives together.

The Future of Christianity and the Church
November 7 and 14: Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence, Country Club Christian Church

Even before the pandemic, religion scholars were debating the future of faith communities in the United States, most of them in decline. In a post-COVID world the question may be more pertinent than ever. What will the faith look like? What will congregations look like in the days and years ahead? Together, we’ll explore these questions and more.

Tuesday Nights

Prior Registration is required

Bridge Building Toward a Flourishing Life for All: The Quest for Social & Racial Justice
September 20, 27, October 4, 11: Dr. Vernon Howard, Adjunct Professor, Wm Jewell College

Does our faith in Jesus Christ have a role in the quest for social justice? Can the church build bridges and deepen solidarity around crises such as poverty, violence, and equal rights for all? And if so, how do we do it? These questions will be explored, drawing on the biblical and theological lenses which shape our Christian witness and guide us in attempting to partner with God in creating a flourishing life for all.

A Life Worth Living
October 18, 25, November 1, 8: Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence, Country Club Christian

What makes for a life worth living, a full and meaningful one? This question has been asked for millennia, by philosophers and ordinary people alike. The question raises another important one as well, How does one decide on an answer to the first question? We will wrestle with these questions and more, with weekly readings from a host of sources and in small-group discussions. 

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