In Salem’s ministries for adults, there are many options to grow your mind, heart and soul. Join the exciting adventure of becoming a stronger follower of Jesus. Adult Ministries at Salem has something for everyone. Brochures with more details are available at the kiosk in the Narthex.

The journey of faith gets more exciting the longer you’ve been on the road. There is so much to learn about and so much transformation to experience that most people are looking for some regular spiritual exercises and some friends to do the journey with.

Jonna Fantz
Worship and Community Life Pastor
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Adult Ministries Overview

Adult Ministries at Salem has something for everyone.
Brochures with more details are available at the kiosk in the Narthex.

Adult Sunday School
Having the “mind of Christ” is a critical part of transformation. Join us on Sundays at 9:45 or 11:00 a.m. (September–May) for a chance to learn from and interact with gifted teachers on a variety of topics relevant to living faithfully in our world.

Book Club
Come, readers, one and all. Join us to read secular books and thoughtfully discuss them from a Christian perspective. We gather once a month on the third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (September–May). Click HERE to see the reading list for 2018-2019.

JOURNEYS for adult 50+
We believe aging is an exciting adventure full of the most productive years of life. We help provide opportunities to connect with others in this age and stage of life to grow spiritually and intellectually; to explore healthy living; and to build friendships through mission, service, and fun. 

Men’s Ministry
When men gather to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ through Bible study, outreach, prayer, and service, families, workplaces, and neighborhoods can change. Join us for connecting events which give men a chance to build each other up.

MOPS and MomsNext
Mothers Of Preschoolers gather each month with their children birth through kindergarten to experience care and acceptance as well as connection with other women at this stage of parenting. MomsNext is an extension of MOPS which is for mothers with children in grades 1-12. We meet twice a month, generally on the second and fourth Fridays (September–May).

Prayer Team
Nurturing a conversation with God in a busy world is critical for a growing faith life. Prayer events like the Advent service and the Seven Days of Prayer experience are held throughout the year. Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. for a half hour of prayer with Pastors or join the Intercessory Prayer Team in praying for the needs of the Salem Community.

Salem Sisters
Women from all seasons of life are invited to gather for friendship and faith. Friday night events provide a space for women to get to know one another more deeply and be encouraged in their faith journey. Participating in service projects together invite the Salem Sisters to serve others in meaningful ways.

Senior Fellowship
Senior Fellowship strives to meet the needs of Salem’s senior citizens through personal relationships, enjoyable programs, and creating a space and time for fellowship. We meet every third Friday of the month (September–May) for lunch and entertainment.

Small Groups
Committing to a Salem small group opens a space in each of our lives to connect with new friends, grow in our faith, and to go into our world with love and clarity. Our small group launches happen in September and January, offering a variety of topics and biblical studies.

 

Book Club

Salem Book Club 2018-2019

The book selections are primarily secular and we will discuss them from our Christian perspective. We meet the third Thursday of the months listed at 7:00 p.m.

September
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance

October
Lilac Girls: A Novel
by Martha Hall Kelly 

November
Gilead: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson

January
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving In the Age of Accelerations
by Thomas L. Friedman

February
Two Sisters:  A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad
by Åsne Seierstad and Seán Kinsella

March
44 Scotland Street
by Alexander McCall Smith

April
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust 
by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

May
The Final Race: The Incredible World War II Story of the Olympian Who Inspired Chariots of Fire
by Eric T. Eichinger and Eva Marie Everson

JOURNEYS

JOURNEYS for adults 50+
exists to provide connecting opportunities through a wholistic ministry
within and beyond the Salem community to strengthen spiritual growth, stimulate intellectual curiosity,
promote healthy living, and enrich social, community, and missional involvement.

 

CONNECT:

  • Pie and Coffee—to brainstorm with our younger demographic
    Friday, September 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Salem
  • Winter Olympics—Indoor and Outdoor Activities
    Friday, February 22, 2019, at Salem
  • Progressive Supper—Ending at Salem with Dessert
    Friday, May 4, 2019

GROW:

  • Courageous and Respectful Conversation Series
    A follow-up conversation on the Immigration Discussion with an emphasis on Welcoming the Refugee
    January 2019 at Salem
GO:
  • Trunk-or-Treat and Sing for the King
    Sunday, October 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Salem
    Decorate your trunk and hand out candy.
    Volunteer to be a support person that night. We need people to walk around and pray, to welcome folks into the Narthex and answer questions, to bring candy refills to the trunks, and to help clean up afterward.
    Donate candy and prizes. Thousands of prizes will be needed for the night.
  • Thanksgiving Bags for Union Gospel Mission
    Month of November
    We will join the whole-church effort to fill bags to support needy families with food for Thanksgiving.
  • Feed My Starving Children
    March 2019
    Pack meals at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). We are hoping this will be a large, intergenerational event.

 


Join others from the JOURNEYS group as they engage in existing Salem ministry opportunities.

  • Assisting with AWANA
  • Teaching Sunday School/Children’s Worship
  • Serving with MOPS Kids
  • Serving at Manna Market
  • Serving with Loaves and Fishes
  • Attend Adult Sunday School Classes
  • Attend Wednesday Adult Bible Study
  • Participate in a Small Group
  • Participate in Music Ministries

 

MOPS

MOPS (MOPS stands for Mothers Of Preschoolers)

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and is for every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MomsNext, an extension of MOPS, exists to meet the needs of every mom with children in grades 1-12. MOPS and MomsNext groups provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere to grow and share your experiences with other women. No matter what your background or age, you will find support in MOPS and MomsNext as you try to be the best mom you can be! Come, join us! You are invited to attend the thriving group that meets at Salem on the second and fourth Fridays each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September-May.

What happens at a MOPS meeting? 
The two-hour program at a MOPS meeting often includes speakers, discussion, sharing, snacks, and creative crafts. Many activities will be based on this year’s MOPS theme. Past guest speakers have addressed topics ranging from self-esteem to first aid, from organization to aromatherapy. Favorite activities have included making jewelry, assembling first aid kits, and taste-testing 15 kinds of chocolate! While you enjoy your time together with other moms, your children are cared for in a parallel program called MOPS Kids. Children under age two enjoy playing in a spacious nursery. Older children play, sing, read Bible stories, make crafts, and enjoy snacks together. 

What is MOPS Kids?
While you enjoy your time together with other moms, your children (newborn through preschool-age) are cared for in a parallel program called MOPS Kids. Children under age 2 enjoy playing in a spacious nursery. Older children play, sing, read Bible stories, make crafts, and enjoy snacks together. We are not able to accommodate school-aged children in MOPS Kids.

What Does It Cost?
A $5 per month meeting fee pays for guest speakers, creative crafts, and two hours of childcare.

The annual registration fee is $31.95. Register online at mops.org/join and use the quick registration code: 9SDW. The Membership Kit includes a custom Giving Keys necklace, a print for your home or office, a lullaby CD from JJ Heller, and other tidbits of encouragement to usher in an incredible year ahead. (It matches our annual theme and is delivered right to your doorstep!). You will also have access to online resources including weekly videos, digital Collectives (6-week gatherings on a specific topic), and other tools to help you make this mothering season the most invigorating + redemptive + fun for you and your family.

MOPS and MomsNext Meetings at Salem Covenant Church
9:30-11:30 a.m.

September 14 and 28
October 12 and 26
November 9
December 14
January 11 and 25
February 8 and 22
March 8 and 22
April 12 and 26
May 10

You are welcome to attend as many MOPS/MomsNext meetings as you can!

This Year’s Theme: Find Your Fire

Fire is a tool utilized only by human beings. Since the beginning of time, humans have congregated around its warmth for light, protection, and company. Every other creature on the planet fears fire, but we’ve been given the unique ability to harness it, to use its power to improve our lives. Not only that, but poets and artists have used fire to describe the God-given spark that wakes us up in the morning and fuels our purpose and passion. Whatever the context, fire is not to be ignored.

Sisters, this is a year we will tend the fire in our hearts.

We will stop inhaling the fumes of our mistakes that tell us we are not enough, not a good enough mom, not pretty enough, not brave enough, not smart enough, not wealthy enough. Instead, we will choose to tend our God-given fire. We will love our children with an all-consuming love and use our words to warm the world. We will hold the torch up high and shed light on what matters most.

  • When our homes feel cold, we’ll light a fire.
  • When a friend has lost her spark, we’ll fan her flame.
  • When the world seems dark, we will be an ember of hope.

LIVE EXPECTANTLY: This is the bold reminder to think about what could go right. We will renew our minds and choose to trust that God is good. Passion will flow from our hearts and we will pray big prayers. It takes tending to keep the fire alive, so we will fan our flame by choosing to do more things that make us forget to check our phones. We will be women whose passion and patience inspire the people we love most.

SURRENDER DARINGLY: This is the bold reminder to let things go. Let go of unhelpful expectations and the need to control the people and situations in your life. When we surrender, we become in tune with the swift but gentle timing of God. This year, we will take a daring step into the fire of transformation, so we can emerge truer and braver than we ever imagined we could be. We will be women who trust that God is fighting for us, so we need only to be still.

BREATHE FREELY: This is the bold reminder to let yourself be loved. Even though we aren’t enough in our own mind, we are enough in the mind of God. There is nothing that you can do, or have done, to ruin or fracture God’s love for you. There is no amount of striving or performing that will earn you more. Breathe freely and joyfully, and be refreshed. We will be women and moms who stand out because we live loved.

Prayer

The SCC Prayer Team prays consistently for Salem and promotes prayer in the lives of those who are part of the community. Prayer events at Advent and to launch Lent help the church move into these special seasons with an ear tuned to hear from and experience God. The Intercessory Prayer Team, Prayer Line, and our monthly prayer gathering are all ways to grow in your life of prayer. Join us as we grow in our conversation with God.

Monthly Prayer Meetings     First Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.

Christmas Quiet Service     First Wednesday of Advent

7 Days of Prayer     During the first week in Lent

 

Prayer Seminar
Friday, November 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Rev. Jan Bros of Abbey Way Covenant Church will lead us in a two-part prayer retreat. She will teach us how to make our prayer life more meaningful including a richer relationship with Jesus. A continental breakfast will be offered on Saturday Morning. Watch for more details in the bulletin and sign-up tables in the lobby!

Seven Days of Prayer
Sunday, March 10–Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sign up for an hour to visit and pray in our prayer room which will be thoughtfully set up for a meaningful time between you and God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Look for more details early in 2019!

 

Sign up for Intercessory Prayer Team
Intercessory Prayer Team —Amazing things happen when God’s people pray.

“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”  Ephesians 6:18-19

Paul spoke these words because he knew how important the prayers of his brothers and sisters were to his ministry. Through Lent, one hundred and eleven people committed themselves to pray regularly for Salem’s ministries. This Intercessory Prayer Team found great joy in lifting up the work of our church to God, who always hears our prayers and can do wonders when we are faithful. Twenty of those people have now extended their commitment and will continue to support Salem’s ministries on a daily basis—or every other day, or weekly—however they feel led. They receive regular updates via email (or the Postal Service, if they aren’t online) with reminders of upcoming events, and of challenges being faced by our various ministry teams. If you feel led to make this commitment too, please contact Kathy Sammartano by email or call 763-786-5307).

Salem Sisters

The theme for this year’s Salem Sisters events is Connect. It is our hope to create space for us as women to connect more deeply and encourage each other. Through small group conversations and prayer, as well as guest speakers, we will explore the various ways in which we connect with one another and God.

Fall Kickoff Event
Friday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.
Desserts and Friendship

Connect with new and old friends over a dessert-bar potluck (think brownies, blondies, lemon bars, etc.). Bring a treat to share, and go home with a sampling of goodies! Our discussion for the evening will focus on friendship: how God blesses us through these relationships, how God calls us to serve in these relationships, and how we as a community of women at Salem can foster and enrich friendships. We look forward to growing and learning together at this event!

Save the Date for our 2018- 2019 events at Salem:

Friday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Salem Sisters is entering its fourth year hosting events designed to bring together the women of Salem to connect, build and deepen relationships, and explore our calling as a community of women of faith and sisters in Christ. We are blessed at Salem to have a large community of women of all ages and backgrounds who serve the church in more ways than one can count, pursue God daily, and walk alongside one another in life. We have women who were born and grew up in the church and others who are currently searching for a church home. Our goal in Salem Sisters events is to create time and space for all of us to celebrate this vibrant community and learn and grow together as women. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Triennial XVI
July 18–21, 2019 | Mariott City Center | Minneapolis, MN

A key event for all women of the Covenant Church is a large Retreat/Conference called Triennial. The Triennial design team is hard at work planning an amazing and life-changing weekend for women! Find out more about IAM at iam.covchurch.org. Watch the promo video, find out about the different tracks available, and sign up for updates.

Senior Fellowship

The second half of life is a rich and challenging time. SCC’s Senior Fellowship focuses in on enjoyable monthly programs where we can continue to learn, laugh, and fellowship together. If you are 55+ join in these connecting events with a variety of speakers and entertainers.

We would like to CONNECT with you and GROW in this fellowship, 
so we plan to GO forward with the following programs and lunches for January-May.

Our Next Senior Fellowship Gatherings

Friday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Baked Potato Lunch
with toppings, salad, and dessert
No charge; must sign up.

Entertainment: CODA
featuring Scott Dorff on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone and Malcom Anderson
on piano and keyboard. A freewill offering will be taken for CODA.

 

Friday, October 19 at 12:00 p.m.
Potluck
Bring your favorite Minnesota recipe to share!

Program: Doug Oman
North Shore Travelogue
A freewill offering will be taken for Doug.

 

Friday, November 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Catered Lunch
Cost: $10/person
Must sign up and pay in advance.

Program: Brass Military Band
(All brass. No ammo.)

 

Friday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. (note time change)
Afternoon Matinée with Snacks
Movie to be announced.
Popcorn, Cookies, and Beverages

 

Friday, February 15 at 12:00 p.m.
Soup and Salad Lunch
(Provided by the Sr. Fellowship Committee)
Cost: $10/person
Must sign up and pay in advance.

Program: Hymns with Holly
Come and sing many of the great hymns of faith. Holly is the chaplain at Johanna Shores and attends Roseville Covenant Church.

 

Friday, March 15 at 12:00 p.m.
Potluck
Bring your favorite dish to share!

Program: Sawdusters
A freewill offering will be taken for the entertainment.

 

Friday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Picnic Lunch
(Provided by the Sr. Fellowship Committee)
No charge. Sign up in advance.

Program: Synod Senior Band
60-70 piece band
A freewill offering will Minneapolis for the July.

Small Groups

Committing to a Salem Small Group opens a space in each of our lives to connect with new friends, to grow in our faith, and to go into our world with fresh energy and clarity. Stop by the table in the Narthex on Sunday to pick up a brochure with more details and signup for upcoming Small Groups.

Sunday

Book Study: Everyday Peacemakers
When: Sunday mornings, Starting September 16, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Where: Salem, room 1
What: Conflict, hatred, and Injustice seem to be the norm rather than the exception in our world, our nation, our communities, our homes. How can we be agents of peace in these situations? Explore a biblical model for peacemaking presented in the book Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart (InterVarsity Press, 2017). Then, dig into topics chosen by group members which may include mass incarceration, immigration, affordable housing, human trafficking, environmental stewardship, etc.
Who: All are welcome.
Contact: Joanna Klein   

Monday

Men’s Breakfast, Prayer, and Bible Study
When: Mondays (weekly), Starting September 10, 7:30-9:00 a.m.      
Where: Denny’s Restaurant (2045 Twin Lakes Parkway, Roseville)
What: A study of Romans, using John Stott’s study guide, Romans: Encountering the Gospel’s Power. Each session will include individually ordered breakfast, time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion of the lesson for the day.
Who: Men, all ages
Contact: Jerry Beilby

Tuesday

Women of the Word (WOW) Bible Study
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, Starting October 2
               9:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Where: Salem Fellowship Hall
What: We will study Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World by Melissa Spoelstra. Through this six-week study, we will discover guidelines for living that can help us to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender our wills to God and put our hope in Him alone. Our study will consist of a short social time, group discussion, lecture on DVD, and prayer time. 
Who: Women, all ages
Contact: Cheryl Squires (a.m. study); Janell O’Brien (p.m. study)

Wednesday

Spiritual Pathways Bible Study
When: Wednesdays, Starting September 12
               10:00-11:00 a.m. (lecture format) and 6:45-8:00 p.m. (small group format)
Where: Salem
What: Following Jesus is not a one-size-fits-all path. There are unique ways that we can experience and adore God. Explore nine spiritual temperaments that may offer you a refreshing experience of discipleship and a deeper understanding of who you are as you follow God. Childcare is available for the evening study if requested in advance by contacting the Church Office.
Who: All are welcome
Contact: Pastor Jonna Fantz

Thursday

Book Study: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
When: Thursdays, Starting October 4, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Salem
What: The group’s discussion will be focused on the book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The book covers issues in dealing with our own mortality that are extremely difficult to face and discuss but are necessary for our own and our family’s peace of mind. The book has received high ratings and reviews. The book includes a series of questions that will help guide the group’s discussions.
Who: Seniors, caregivers, all are welcome
Contact: Eldon Kaul

Bible Art Journaling
When: 4th Thursday of the month, Starting September 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Home of the leader
What: Explore a new, visual way to respond to Scripture. Every Friday, a Bible verse is sent to members. We read it in context, and then meditate on it until God gives us a visual we can portray in our art journals. At the monthly meetings, we share our journal pages, thoughts, and prayer requests.
Who:  All are welcome
Contact:  Kathy Sammartano

Book Study: Distorted Images of God
When:
 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, Starting October 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Home of the leader
What: This group will be using the IVP Connect Study Guide, Distorted Images of God. The guide focuses on a portion of Scripture in each session that addresses commonly held misconceptions of God. Though we say that God is loving, trustworthy, and all-powerful, our actions and thoughts reveal subtle lies that we believe. The eight sessions bring to light our distorted thinking and point us to the truth of who God is: the Great Healer who knows us intimately and pursues us with love.
Who: All are welcome
Contact: Kirk and Kris Livingston

Friday              

Bible Study: The Gospel of John
When:
 Friday (twice a month), Starting October 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Home of the leader
What: This group selects curriculum that focuses on a book or theme from the Bible and spends time working through the study together. Our fall curriculum is John: Jesus—The Word, The Messiah, The Son of God by John MacArthur.
Who: All are welcome.
Contacts: Leanna Swanson

Saturday

Financial Peace University (FPU)
When: Saturdays, Starting September 15, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Where: Salem Lounge
What: FPU is a nine-week class taught via video by Dave Ramsey. Dave and his team teach on the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more! The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting with people face-to-face is the key to changing your life. Please order your FPU membership when you register online: daveramsey.com/findaclass. Only one membership is needed per household.
Who: All are welcome.
Contact: Doug and Michele Bradley

Book Study: The Jesus I Never Knew
When:
 Saturdays (Once a month), Starting September 15, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Member homes, rotating monthly
What: The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey. This book discusses the differences between the Jesus presented in the church, society, and media versus the Jesus presented in the Gospels. We look forward to open, honest discussions about Jesus and our faith.
Who: All are welcome
Contact: Becky Tungseth

Sunday School

Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.

September 16–October 7
On Christian Ethics
Stephen Pitts

This class is a “flyover” survey of the development and practice of Christian ethics viewed through the lens of scripture as “the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.” As Christians, how are we to conduct ourselves? How can we follow Jesus in our vocational lives? How are we to respond to larger issues of economic, racial and social injustice? In addition to exploring these questions from biblical and historical perspectives, we will look at ethics in the Covenant, tracing our evolution from our “Lutheranism mediated by Pietism” origins through the 19th and 20th-century influences of revivalism, fundamentalism, and evangelicalism.

October 14–28
Does ‘Matter’ Matter?
Kathryn Schifferdecker

Does God care about matter—that is, soil, water, plants, and bodies?  Do these things matter to God? The biblical answer is a resounding “yes!” The God who created the world and became incarnate in human flesh cares about matter. We will explore in three class sessions some of the many biblical texts that speak about God’s care for creation, including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Psalms, and Job. We will also explore our call to care for creation as God does.

November 4–11
Job and Proverbs: A Dialogue on Suffering
Gary Long

Proverbs and Job have a great deal to say about suffering, but they don’t seem to agree. We will explore the theme of suffering in these books to gain a more robust understanding of personal faith and trials.

November 18, December 2–16
Four Basic Questions About Jesus and Christian Faith
Walter Sundberg

We read of Jesus in Philippians 2:9-11: “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” We proclaim Jesus is Lord.  To understand the full scope of what this title means to our Christian faith involves the answers to four questions: “Why was Jesus born? Why did he die? Why was he raised from the dead? How is he present in the church today?”

November 25
No Sunday School – Thanksgiving Weekend

December 23
No Sunday School – Christmas Weekend

December 30
No Sunday School – New Year’s Weekend

January 6–20
Harry Potter Comes to Church
John Dunne

This class seeks to understand the most influential cultural phenomenon of our time—Harry Potter. We will explore the big ideas and main themes of the stories and how the series addresses some of the major questions of life, including the use of Christian imagery and symbols for that purpose. Essentially, our class seeks to answer the following questions: why are these stories so popular, why has our culture responded so strongly to them, and why should Christians bother with them at all? Whatever we may think about Harry Potter, it’s cultural influence alone warrants our consideration.

January 27–February 3
Living in Christ’s Presence Through Scriptural Practices
Jane Hutchins-Peterson

Do you ever wonder how you could add more vitality to your faith journey? I am passionate about walking alongside people and helping them find ways to grow closer to Jesus. This two-part class will cover ancient spiritual practices that can help people go deeper in their faith walk. We will look at the history of the practices and receive resources for understanding how they could be used in meaningful ways in our own devotional lives. We will take the time to engage in several of the practices.

February 10–24
Being the Church in Our Culture–A Framework for Global, Cultural and Contextual Ministry
Ramon Pastrano

This course is a biblically grounded examination of culture as the context of all ministries. It applies cultural understanding to the church’s missions mandate and examines how cultural identity influences our understanding of God, spiritual and personal growth, and leadership potential. It will provide an opportunity to acquire skills for understanding other cultures and explore historical and contemporary structural impediments to the church’s mission, including power differentials, racism, sexism, and classism. The reconciling power of the gospel to transform the church into a new and just community will permeate the course.

March 3–17
God is Not One
James Lewis

It has been fashionable to affirm that all religions are beautiful and all are true. A popular metaphor is used to illustrate this: each religion is simply a different path up a common spiritual mountain. At the base, there may be different theology and ritual, but at the top, we all arrive at the same goal. While there is a difference, it is only in non-essentials; the fundamentals of religions are the same. Expressed in various forms by university professors and philosophers like Aldous Huxley or religious notables like Mohandas Gandhi and H.H. XIV Dalai Lama, this position will be submitted to descriptive and Biblical analysis in our first two sessions. We will conclude with four principles for guidance in engaging friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers in religious dialogue.  

March 24–April 14
Art, Meaning and the Sacred
Wayne Roosa

Since the beginnings of human culture, people have held a strong sense that some things are “sacred.” But what do we mean by “sacred” and how, exactly, do we express and celebrate it? This class explores how people of faith have represented what we consider sacred. Of course, how we represent this also tells us much about what and why something is held to be sacred. Together as a class, we will explore definitions of the ‘sacred,’ and examine a wide variety of expressions ranging from great artworks to film, poetry, and architecture, as well as highly questionable uses of the sacred in advertising and propaganda.

April 21
No Sunday School – Easter Sunday

April 28–May 12
Getting to Know the Book of Joshua
David Howard

This class will examine the book of Joshua with an eye to understanding its major themes and appropriating them for the modern day. After considering various introductory matters, we will explore distinctive themes in the book, their links with other Old Testament themes, and their relevance in the modern world. Difficult questions, such as the Israelites’ destruction of the Canaanites, will also be addressed.

Inspiring and equipping all generations.