March 9, April 27, May 4 and 11 Study of Christian Marriage for Same-Gender Couples. (Held jointly with the Lounge Class)
We invite all Westminster adults, university students, and youth to participate in a congregation-wide discernment process on same gender marriage as requested by the recent General Assembly. Drawing upon materials prepared by the Office of Theology and Worship, our aims are to arrive at: “a common language for speaking about these matters; a clearer view of God’s good will for us in marriage; a deeper understanding of our tradition and context; a better sense of one another’s views, and a better way forward for the sake of Christ’s church.” We anticipate embracing a diversity of views and good conversations that will further build the body of Christ at Westminster. The March 9 Sunday school hour will provide an important introduction and register persons committing to the later 3-week process in order to facilitate preparations. Facilitated small discussion groups on April 27, May 4, and May 11 will examine the issues, and generate a report for the Session for forwarding as appropriate to the presbytery for eventual sharing with the General Assembly. Facilitators: Rozanne Oliver and David Saunier
March 16 Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Founded in 1986, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 25 national church organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (USA), that conducts education and advocacy in Washington, DC and nationwide in support of a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the conflict in the Holy Land between Israelis and Palestinians. Ambassador (ret.) Warren Clark has headed CMEP since 2008. He will discuss some of the background to the conflict, assess the current diplomatic efforts to find a solution, and suggest actions people can take to advocate for an end to the conflict. Facilitator: Warren Clark
March 23 – Apr. 6 Hosanna! - Lent Kerygma
In response to requests for a Sunday morning Kerygma opportunity, this 3-week class will use the Kerygma resource book by Carol J. Miller titled “Hosanna: A Spiritual Journey Through Holy Week.” Gospel readings along with readings from Paul will be used to explore what God is doing through Jesus and his life. Facilitator: TBD
April 13 and 20 – No formal class, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Hot Cross Buns in Fellowship Hall on Palm Sunday and an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday!
April 27 – May 11 Combined Study of Christian Marriage (Fellowship Hall) See March 9 description for details. These three weeks will be a meeting of study groups.
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