Loaves and Fishes: Discovering Hidden Possibilities for you and your church
Does your congregation have “enough”? Is it a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” place? Do folks envy churches that are bigger or richer or more (fill in the blank)?
This course is one answer to that problem. It will provide you with specific, practical tools that you can use in your congregation immediately to get “unstuck.”
You'll be invited to do class exercises with one or more partners in your congregation, if possible. But asset-based thinking is just as powerful a tool for individuals as it is for groups.
Hope and Justice for Creation
Is there hope for a new way of living and caring for God's creation, or are humans doomed to destroy ourselves through unthinking consumption and technology? And how can the church be part of the solutions?
This new course invites one person or a team to dig into the theology, economics and practicality of "greening" our church buildings and congregations. The goal is not only to save money but to develop new ways of living that testify that we are followers of Jesus, in order to love God and love others as we love ourselves.
The text for the course is Bishop Sally Dyck's A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science, and the Message of Jesus. You are welcome to enroll one person but involve a team!
For Such a Time as This
In our world, in our nation, in our neighborhoods, in our schools and businesses, even in our congregations, there is too much fear.
This new course is an invitation to theological thought about fear, both its positive and negative effects on persons and communities. It's a beginning, considering Jesus’ call to love, not fear, not tolerate, but love "others," because Jesus has loved us.
The text for the course is Bishop William H. Willimon's Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love.