Session 1: An Invitation to Journey
Faith is not a destination, but a journey
Session 2: Taking the Bible Seriously
The authority one places in the Bible plays a critical role in one’s worldview and understanding of Christian life
Session 3: Thinking Theologically
Understanding how our identity and experience contribute to how we think about God – some theological ideas expand our spiritual growth, and some become barriers.
Session 4: Stories of Creation
Understanding the stories of Creation affects our perception of the purpose of creation, the essence of human nature, and our attitude toward the environment
Session 5: Lives of Jesus The Gospels, storytelling, theology, tradition and the arts tell stories of many different lives of Jesus – will the real Jesus please stand up?
Session 6: A Passion for Christ: Paul the Apostle
Paul’s writings and teachings influence almost all of what we think of as Christianity today.
Session 7: Out into the world, Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
How do we live into being the minority voice of progressive Christianity
Session 8: Restoring Relationships The macro-stories of the Bible reflect the human condition and demonstrate the centrality of restoring relationships with ourselves, others and God
Session 9: The Prophetic Jesus
Jesus was a troublemaker challenging those in power and standing up for the powerless – this taps into the centuries old paradigm of the prophets
Session 10: Evil, Suffering and a God of love
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Session 11: The myth of redemptive violence
Jesus’ example and teachings have been eclipsed by an emphasis on human unworthiness that demands and defends the need for Jesus’ violent, suffering, atoning death.
Session 12: Practicing Resurrection
Resuscitation of Jesus’ body or resurrection from the shadows a credible and meaningful way of living?
Session 13: Debunking the Rapture
Does the Bible end with hope or fear?
Session 14: Reclaiming the World
Care for the environment is not only deeply biblical and practical, but increasingly critical
Session 15: A Kingdom without Walls
Jesus erases every border, wall, division we attempt to erect
Session 16: Social Justice, Realizing God’s Vision
Putting your faith into action to bring about God’s will for the world
Session 17: Incarnation, Divinely Human
What does it mean for God to be a part of this world?
Session 18: Prayer, Intimacy with God
Prayer as a way of life and a way of conversing with the Divine
Session 19: Compassion, The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry
Jesus taught how to live in a way transforms people from legalistic rule-followers to compassionate disciples
Session 20: Creative Transformation
The essence of human nature is to take part in the dynamic and imaginative process of creation; transforming us, our relationships, our institutions and the world.
Session 21: Embracing Mystery
Living into questions means getting comfortable with ambiguity and open to the unknowable and indescribable mystery of the Divine.