Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most
Facilitators: Carolyn Yoder, Reta Finger and Rick Yoder
Spring Quarter 2015
Objectives: Using Marcus Borg's Book, Convictions and active learning methods:
- To examine and reflect on our own memories, conversions and convictions about the Bible and faith
- To talk honesty about what is often the unspoken elephant in the room: our concerns, cognitive dissonance and doubts
- To provide a framework to better understand the roots of the turmoil in the Christian church today and the Mennonite church
- To nurture (in Borg's words) "passionate believers today"
|Date||Content||Facilitators||Handouts and Support Materials|
|March 1||Introduction||All||First class (overview)|
|March 8||Context matters||Rick|
|March 16||Faith is a journey||Carolyn|
|March 22||God is real and a mystery||Reta|
|March 29||Salvation is more about this life than an afterlife||Rick|
|April 12||Jesus is the norm of the Bible||Reta|
|April 19||The Bible can be true without being literally true||Carolyn|
|April 26||Jesus' death on the cross matters, but not because he paid for our sins||Reta|
|May 3||The Bible is political||Reta|
|May 10||God is passionate about justice and the poor||Rick|
|May 17||Christians are called to peace and nonviolence||Carolyn|
|May 24||To love is to love like God||Rick|
|May 31||Wrap up||All|
To get a copy of the book:
The paperback edition is entitled Convictions: Manifesto for a Progressive Christianity and is available on Amazon.
The electronic edition is also available on Amazon.
The hardback copy is entitled Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most and recently was still available at our local Barnes and Noble. On Amazon it is back ordered and takes a couple weeks to come in.