Thorny Theology: Great Thoughts, Even Greater Problems
Open to All, Four Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. in the new Community Room

What do the ancients, medievals, enlightened, and modernists have to say about some of the most difficult issues facing our world in 2019? Over the course of four weeks, we will learn from our oldest Christian ancestors and each other as we seek to understand what our faith says about our most difficult subjects and how we are called to live our faith in deed as we respond. As we approach the Thanksgiving table, let’s talk about it — it may just save a fight over the mashed potatoes.

10/9: Loving People Who Don’t Preach Loving all the People
For our first class, we will look at how we can be in communion with other denominations and churches that fail to affirm all of God’s children and find out how to counter that narrative with one of our own.

Slides from 10/9 Discussion

10/16: We Were All Once Strangers
This week, we will discuss the role of the stranger in Scripture and what our theology demands of us in the very real modern crisis of mass migration. We will be joined by Rev. Hallie Hottle of Village Presbyterian Church as she helps us find ways to stand for the stranger.

Slides from 10/16 Discussion

10/23: Turning “Me, Too” into “Never Again”
This week, we will discuss the theology of sex; the era of “Me, Too”; and the role the church has played in perpetuating the conditions that have allowed sexual violence to flourish. Rev. Kristin Riegel will join us to have a real, raw discussion about these very difficult issues.

Slides from 10/23 Discussion

11/6: Guns, Girls and Gore: The Lies and Damage of Toxic Masculinity
The world is changing in 2019, yet there are pockets everywhere of men who seemingly refuse to evolve into modernity. This week, we will discuss what masculinity means in the context of theology; how the church ought to respond to the violence plaguing our world; and how we can help our sons and young men be better.

Slides from 11/6 Discussion

Dr. M.T. Smith, Ph.D., is a historian, theologian and mythologist. He studies the intersection of cultural, religious and political life in the Medieval and Renaissance worlds. His primary research interest is the First Crusade and the Arthurian legends. He is the author of the forthcoming book Reimagining the Voyage of Saint Brendan.