Faith Formation does not stop just because we cannot gather at the building! Join one of these opportunities online!
If you would like to participate in any online classes, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for the link you will need to access the gathering.
Online Adult Formation Classes
Join us for a six-week Zoom Bible Study of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians led by Dr. Lewis Galloway, a resident of Black Mountain and the former Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Galatians, which is one of the earliest letters of Paul, explores the question of how we are put in a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Knowing that our life in Christ is established by grace alone, we are called to live a life of Christian freedom. Choose from one of two opportunities each week: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday or 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, beginning Sept. 15/17 and ending Oct. 20/22. Each class is limited to 20 participants. Click here to be directed to the Signup Genius to register for one of the classes.
Join the Bright Stars of Bethlehem Team for a Virtual Summer Series: Palestine During Double Lockdown
The series title, taken from Rev. Dr. Raheb’s latest book, speaks to the additional layer of oppression that the pandemic has inflicted on Palestinians. We’ll hear from Bright Stars co-founder and Dar al-Kalima University President, Mitri Raheb alongside students, faculty, and scholars from the university. We’ll have an opportunity to discuss aspects of the Israeli occupation, especially the planned annexation and other human rights violations occurring in the shadow of the pandemic. Last, we’ll hear from Bright Stars Executive Director how you can partner in unlocking hope for the next generation of creative leaders in Palestine.
Save the dates: Monday, June 29, Monday, July 27, and Monday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Limited space available, and there is no charge. Registration required. Schedule listed below. Watch for registration links coming soon.
Annexation and the Creative Response: How are Israel’s annexation plans impacting Palestine’s creative leaders?
Join Rev. Dr. Raheb, Dar al-Kalima Board member Varsen Aghabekian, and interior design student, Sandra Murra to learn about Israel’s most recent steps towards annexation. Listen to a Dar al-Kalima student share how the annexation plans are affecting her daily life- and how she’s choosing to respond.
Varsen Aghabekian, PhDDr. Aghabekian is a member of the Board of Directors of Dar al-Kalima University. She is a human rights activist and member of the board of Commissioners of the Independent Palestinian Commission for Human Rights and former Commissioner General from 2015-2018. She’s also the former Executive Director of Al Quds (Jerusalem) Capital of Arab Culture (2009), Director of Research & Planning at the Welfare Association, Associate Professor at Al-Quds University (1988-2008) and Dean of Health Professions (1995-1998).
Pandemic and the Creative Response: How can art pave the way for justice?
In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed a global cry for justice in face of systemic racism. How can art be a catalyst for social change? We’ll hear from students and faculty of Dar al-Kalima as they share how art provides a social justice lens in which to critically reflect on reality while imagining new futures. Learn how the students are navigating the unique challenges and opportunities of a pandemic learning environment. We’ll be joined by DAK professor, Faten Nastas Mitwasi and graphic design student, Mira Jibrin.
Faten Nastas Mitwasi is an artist and currently the Chair of the Graphic Design and Applied Arts program at DAK. Her multimedia studio practice centers on themes of home, identity, place/displacement, and fragmentation.
Gaza and the Creative Response: How is the program in Gaza empowering students?
Especially during the pandemic, many of you have asked about our friends in Gaza who are especially vulnerable. We’ll hear the latest from the Gaza program director, Ghada Araj and select students.
Ghada Araj has a breadth of experience in assessment and evaluation in education and public health sectors. Ghada holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona.
Meet Our Mission Partners
Join us for a special Zoom gathering with our Mission Partners: Charles and Melissa Johnson in Zambia; and John McCall in Taiwan. As the coronavirus has had worldwide impact, it is more important than ever to connect with our Mission Partners, hear (and see!) the stories about their mission communities, and discover what we can do as their brothers and sisters in Christ. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for the Zoom link. YES, you can call in with your phone if you do not want to join the class via computer, tablet or smartphone!
Also from John McCall: Recording of Mali, Mali by aboriginal students from Taipei Aboriginal Student Center in Taipei. Click here for recording.
Jeremiah: The Weeping Prophet — Online Wrap-up Session with Ron Shive
Linked here, Access Password: 0E%0668M
1st Corinthians with Mickey Efird
Mickey Efird wanted to make sure you had an opportunity for your own faith formation, so he came by the church and recorded two parts of the lesson on 1 Corinthians that he was going to lead in in the John Knox Fellowship class this May!
Here are the links to the recordings. Just click on the link and it should open up the recording!
Learning About the Israel-Palestine Conflict from a Jewish Perspective
Coming to Know God, taught by Dr. Ed Moore
1) Monday, April 13: Coming to Know God Zoom Class – Session 1
Access Password: H2+=U.7f
The reading materials assigned for this class were:
1.Were Neanderthals Religious?
2. How Wonder Makes Us Human
2) Wednesday, April 15: Coming to Know God Zoom Class – Session 2
The reading materials assigned for this class were: aeon.co/essays/enlightenment-does-not-demand-disenchantment-with-the-world
Access Password: 9a#wzn8$
The reading materials for today’s class (April 20) were:
The article is entitled, “A Revolution in Time,” and may be found at this link:
4) Wednesday, April 22: Coming to Know God Zoom Class – Session 4
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The reading material for this class was:
“What Is the Soul, If Not a Better Version of Ourselves?”
5) Monday, April 27: Coming to Know God Zoom Class – Session 5
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The reading material for this class was:
6) Wednesday, April 29: Coming to Know God Zoom Class – Session 6
Access Password: 6i#Y&j5s
If you would like to participate in any of the above online classes, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for the link you will need to access the gathering.
Zoom gatherings occur regularly.
Date TBD for our next YA gathering via Zoom. If you are interested in joining these meetings, please contact Taylor Barner.
Offerings from the FPC Contemplative Ministries Team
Yoga Practice Offered Via Zoom
We are in conversation about providing an opportunity for yoga and would like to know if you will be part of this experience. Please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright if you would like to be added to the yoga list.
Quiet Space for Reflection — Weekly Meditations from Jane Wellford
5-Minute Breathing (available on Facebook)
Don’t forget that Worship is Faith Formation!
- 10:00 a.m. on Sundays
If you do not have access to online resources and you would like us to send you a faith formation resource in the mail or email, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright.