After our Fall 2017 class discussing Waking Up White, the class consensus was that we need to continue grappling with these issues of whiteness, race, and dismantling racism, and we need to include all members of Westminster in this important work. The class facilitators have initiated a resource Google doc that lists upcoming local and regional events, suggestions for where we as a church might go in further fellowship and exploration of this important topic affecting our community and nation, and a reading list. The document is editable by anyone with the link, so feel free to add events, suggestions, and readings or videos you think are noteworthy. Anyone wishing to continue these discussions and/or take concrete action on these (and other) suggestions should email .
Below is the link to the full Adult Education Brochure.
Ken will be offering a mid-day bible study for anyone interested in studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians. No preparation is required, but some scripture readings will be suggested for each time participants gather. We’ll discuss Galatians’ historical context, rhetorical effect, and, who knows, maybe discover something new about our faith! Began October 26th, and will continue November 9th, and/or 16th at 12 pm in the Lower Lounge. And, BTW, I promise to keep our discussion to one hour! E-mail Ken and let him know you’re coming.
The title of Parker Palmer’s 2013 book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy,” that forms the basis for the five-week adult education course beginning November 19 and continue through January 7th, was inspired by the following:
“The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up – ever – trusting our fellow citizens to join with us in our determined pursuit of a living democracy? -Terry Tempest Williams, “Engagement”, Orion, July-August 2004.
In this class we will listen to video clips of Parker Palmer, our fellow participants, and our own hearts to discover how each one of us may do the inner work of preparing ourselves for responsible – and responsive – civic engagement for the common good.
The book Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, is available on Amazon in several formats and prices.
New Member/Inquirer Class: Explore with others what it means to be Presbyterian and participate in this faith community. We will spend time listening, learning, and discerning. So whether you are ready to become a member or simply want to know more about what Presbyterians believe, bring your questions and plan to attend any or all the classes listed below which will be held in Room 209 starting at 9:30 a.m. Led by Ken Henry.
October 15 Sharing our Spiritual Journeys
October 22 Learning American Presbyterian History and How The Church is Organized
October 29 Panel Discussion with Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Listening to Their Experiences
November 5 Meeting with Movers and Shakers at WPC. Meeting leaders who make a difference.