Summer 2019 Studies


June and last three weeks of August Study

This is an introduction to Doug Olena's book God and the Universe: A Spirited Query of the Great Questions in Emergent Terms

Led by Doug Olena
DateInstructorTopic
June 2Doug OlenaDownload Introduction
June 9Doug OlenaDownload Chapter 1
June 16Doug OlenaChapter 1 again
June 23Doug OlenaDownload Chapter 2
June 30Doug OlenaChapter 2, Download Presentation: Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2
In July and the first week of August we will hear from some of our class members about things they are working on. No dates have been decided yet, and these members have not yet assented to being volunteered, so the dates occupied by these class members are only temporary.
July 7Almost everybody was gone!
July 14David AwbreyRead: “Heathens of the Press” and “Ayn Rand’s Stanford”
July 21LaDonna Friesen
July 28Nate Nelson
August 4Bob BergOriginal Sin
August 11Geoff SuttonPresentation: Near final research on “Identity and Moral Foundations”
Back to God and the Universe
August 18Doug OlenaDownload Chapter 3
August 25Doug OlenaDownload Chapter 4 (awaits edit for class)
September 1Panera DayParty Yea!!! We will meet at 9 AM
in the Panera across from the Mall on Battlefield
September 2Party at Christie Tosh's HouseParty Yea!!! Come at Noon.
Everything will be provided!

Fall 2019 Study


Jamie Smith's book You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit This survey of Jamie's book will be led by volunteers in the class.

From the Amazon summary:

You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.

In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the "imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.

DateInstructorTopic
September 8Marty MittelstadtIntroduction and Kick-Off
September 15Doug OlenaChapter 1: You Are What You Love
September 22VolunteerChapter 1: You Are What You Love
September 29Marty MittelstadtChapter 2: You Might Not Love What You Think
October 6VolunteerChapter 2: You Might Not Love What You Think
October 13VolunteerChapter 3 – The Spirit Meets You Where You Are
October 20VolunteerChapter 3 – The Spirit Meets You Where You Are
October 27VolunteerChapter 4 – What Story Are You In
November 3VolunteerChapter 4 – What Story Are You In
November 10VolunteerChapter 5 – Guard Your Heart
November 17VolunteerChapter 5 – Guard Your Heart
November 24VolunteerChapter 6 – Teach Your Children Well
December 1VolunteerChapter 6 – Teach Your Children Well
December 8Christie ToshChapter 7 – You Make What You Want
December 15VolunteerChapter 7 – You Make What You Want
December 22VolunteerOpen -- Christmas Theme
December 29Panera DayParty Yea!!! We will meet at 9 AM
in the Panera across from the Mall on Battlefield