Upcoming Forums (Updated Schedule)
The dates for some of the upcoming forums have changed. Here’s the new schedule. For now, they will continue on Zoom and begin at 11:45am.
October 9th: “This! Is What We Did (Climate Change)” (Jim Thompson)
Jim Thompson is the Founder and CEO of This! Is What We Did, a climate change organization that seeks to “grow an intergenerational movement strong enough to break the power of the fossil fuel industry and stimulate the effective, drastic action needed to spur climate justice and give future generations a chance for a decent life.”
October 23rd: “Proposed Changes to FCCSJ’s Open and Affirming Statement”
This forum will consider proposed changes to our church’s ONA (Open and Affirming) statement. Presented by Open and Affirming MT.
October 30th: “Reformation Sunday! The WEIRDest People in the World” (Sean Everton)
The Protestant Reformation did not occur in a vacuum. This forum will consider its various causes and consequences. It will build upon recent work by cultural evolutionist Joseph Henrich, whose bestselling book, The WEIRDest People in the World, helps explain how 16th-century Europeans were “primed” for the individualistic faith outlined by Martin Luther. We will also see how the Reformation led to higher rates of literacy and the spread of democracy.
November 13th: “Mission Definition Update” (Tentative TBD)
The Mission Definition Ministry Team is tentatively planning on hosting a forum to update the congregation on its work.
November 27th: “Annual Christmas Forum (First Sunday of Advent)” (Rev. Carla)
Rev. Carla will lead our annual Christmas forum, which she promises will help get us prepare for Advent.
December 11th: “A Class Divided — The Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes Experiment” (Shelley Wessels)
This forum will look at Jane Elliot’s classic “brown eyes/blue eyes experiment,” which she first conducted in her 3rd-grade class the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Compositions written about their experience by the children who participated in the experiment were published in a local newspaper. News about it spread, and Elliott was asked to speak about and conduct her exercise around the world. She eventually gave up teaching and became a full-time public speaker against discrimination.
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