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  1. News & Articles : Fall 2018 Mid-Week Studies for Adults

    Join one of Westminster’s midweek studies exploring various themes:

    Seekers:  Interrupting Silence by Walter Brueggeman

    Seekers is a group for women that meets monthly to study and pray together. Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, this book motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to interrupt silence, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice. (2nd Mondays, 7:15pm | Parlor)

    Monday Morning Bible Study:  Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture by Frances Taylor Gench

    Start your week with rousing discussions and examination of God’s Word. This class will review and discuss the writings of Paul that have circumscribed the lives and ministries of women throughout Christian history. What are people who honor Scripture to do with such texts, and how can we engage them with integrity? Join us for lively discussions and fellowship! (Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm | Room 105)

    Doorways: Esther and Ruth by Patricia Tull

    Doorways is a group of mostly retired, active women who meet for fellowship and Bible study. This fall, Doorways will be taking on a ten-session study of the Old Testament book of Esther, with its stories of faithfulness, courage, and survival, and the ethical questions posed by its ending, and the book of Ruth, with its themes of community, loyalty, and friendship. (Thursdays, 9:00am | Parlor)

    Men’s Breakfast Book Study

    This group meets twice monthly for fellowship, breakfast, and good, faith-filled conversation. This year will focus on studies of Esther and Ruth, as well as a reading of Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. (1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:00am | WPC Parlor & Hope Valley Diner)

  2. News & Articles : Spring 2018: Monday Morning Study

    Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication by Bart Ehrman

    Mondays beginning January 22
    10am-12pm in Room 105
    Facilitator: Heather Ferguson

    In the first centuries after Christ, there was no “official” New Testament. Instead, early Christians read and fervently followed a wide variety of Scriptures – many more than we have today.

    Relying on these writings, Christians held beliefs that today would be considered bizarre. Some believed that there were two, 12, or as many as 30 gods. Some thought that a malicious deity, rather than the true God, created the world. Some maintained that Christ’s death and resurrection had nothing to do with salvation while others insisted that Christ never really died at all.

    What did these “other” Scriptures say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from “Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication.”