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Spiritual Studies

Spiritual Studies

January 2021

Word and Deed: Ethical Living in the Book of James”

 Tuesdays: January 12, 26; February 2, 9, 7:00-8:15pm, Via Zoom

It is considered the New Testament’s “Manual for Ethical Christian Living”

During these four weeks, we will explore the Book of James – closely examining the text, as well as James’ sense of what it means to engage in what Buddhists call “right action” from a Christian perspective in our daily lives and the society we are part of.

Join us for any or all of these evenings during this sacred time of year.

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Prayer and Meditation

Wednesday Prayer and Meditation for January will take place on January 6 and 20 from 7-7:45 PM via Zoom.

Bible Study

Thursday- Bible Study sessions, also continuing on Zoom at 4 PM. Participation in this has significantly increased since going online, another sign of how many of our community are using this time of necessary distancing wisely and well for the benefit of their spiritual lives. To join us with your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone contact office.fpchurch@gmail.com for details.

For January, Bible Study will take place from 4-5:15 on:

Thursday, January 7, 14, 21 & 28

 

Announcing the Still Speaking Seminar

As those who have been able to attend recently know, many of us who met last year as the Jordan Peterson Discussion group have been inspired by Dr. Peterson’s lectures on the psychological significance of the Bible to look at a variety of modern intellectuals’ thinking on issues of  faith, morals and justice as they relate to our spiritual tradition.  In recent weeks we have spent time with Harvard Philosophy Professor Michael Sandel’s exploration of the ethics of meritocracy; twentieth century Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s work on social ethics in relation to economic inequality and warfare; Catholic Social

Teaching and Christian Democracy movement; and Pope Francis’ recent encyclicals on the environment and immigration. The success of this broader program has led the group to re-imagine itself as the Still Speaking Seminar, a play on the UCC’s slogan “God is Still Speaking” which highlights our view that faith is constantly renewing itself and presenting fresh insights in the present moment.  We will continue to use our prior format of a video exploration of some aspect of  modern thought from an authoritative source, followed by discussion.  No preparation is required, though we will also provide additional background material for those interested in optional preparation.

The group has agreed to meet on the first and third Mondays of each month, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm (via Zoom for the immediately foreseeable future).  The group will be coordinated by Richard Smith and Steve Carhart.

If you are not already on our email list and would like to receive regular notifications of topics and Zoom invitations, contact us at 978-590-7497 (Dick) or 978-407-8454 (Steve).