We are so excited to welcome Dr. Teresa Hornsby to worship at National Avenue on February 26th. Dr. Teresa J. Hornsby is in her 17th year as a Professor of Religion at Drury University. Dr. Hornsby holds an MTS degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an MA and Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Vanderbilt University. Her most recent book, Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation, co-authored with Deryn Guest, was published in July 2016. She is a co-editor (with Ken Stone) of Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, and author of Sex Texts from the Bible, as well as numerous essays, chapters, and encyclopedia entries. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Dr. Hornsby plays drums, restores old drum kits, and brews beer.
That evening, all are welcome to join us for pizza and a viewing of the National Geographic documentary, Gender Revolution at 6pm. If you are able, please bring a small donation to contribute to the cost of pizza. You may view the film’s trailer by clicking on this link: http://ew.com/tv/2017/01/12/gender-revolution-trailer-katie-couric/
Our next “book study” will be using material from a study called “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” by the United Church of Christ. Our first meeting will consist of talking about an overview of the curriculum presented via webinar video. Follow the links below to check out the video, the curriculum, and many more of the UCC’s resources on White Privilege. The first study will be at Etta Madden & Neil Guion’s home on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. Call the church office if you have any questions.
Please watch the curriculum overview before we meet. It is approximately 50 minutes long.
Video link: https://vimeopro.com/progressrenew/white-privilege-lets-talk
Link to UCC White Privilege resources: http://privilege.uccpages.org/
Now booking weddings for this Summer and next! Our church is a warm, welcoming, and safe place for all people who are committing their lives to each other, regardless of race, creed, religion, or cultural background. Large or small, National Avenue Christian Church welcomes weddings for all individuals, whether or not they are members of our congregation.
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Tomorrow morning at 10am, we will be hosting Missouri Health Care for All‘s Save My Care Speak Out. Take a look at this Facebook event, and join us to share your stories of what having access to health care means in your life!
Dinner Church is this Sunday, January 29th at 6pm in the Gallery! Join us for an evening of food, fellowship, and conversations about our own spiritual migrations. No need to bring anything but yourself (and maybe a friend!). Contact Tabitha Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
From their origins, the stories, teachings and messages of Jesus have resonated deeply with millions of people throughout history. The Christian story has provided hope, joy, love, and peace in many situations and contexts. This story of people on the move has brought people to new conversations, new insights, new dreams, and new visions of the very best of who we can be as people of God.
History teaches us that stories and teachings are at their best when they live and move deeply within their contexts. Some of our religious systems are broken, some tired, and some lack room for vivid and creative imaginings. As people who are willing to go out on the move, we join with theologian and author Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, that argues, “notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun.”
We look forward to being a people on the move during this season of Epiphany, migrating and bringing out light and wisdom as we encounter the depth of God’s love in and through the teachings of Jesus in this new day.
Eat, Play, Love is this Sunday! Join us at 8:30 in the Gallery for Breakfast for All. At 9:00, children under age 12 and their families are invited to Stories & Play, where we will explore the meaning and light of Epiphany with some fun activities about stars!