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The Church in an Age of Secular Mysticisms | Issues in Theology Class

Issues in Theology Class

The Issues in Theology class will continue to meet through the end of May, picking up again in the fall, discussing Andrew Root’s The Church in an Age of Secular Mysticisms.  This book gives a lively description of popular “secular” forms of mysticism in our culture, as illustrated through a number of well-chosen popular memoirs.  The author organizes the various mysticisms in a clear and insightful way using a scheme that shows how they relate to each other, and how all of these secular mysticisms contrast with traditional Christian “theology of the cross.”  The book is easily available online.  Class meets in the Greene Room (across from the Taylor Conference Room) at 9:45 a.m.  Notes are provided each week, and class members volunteer to lead discussions.  You can email Tina Sizemore ( and Rod Hunter ( for more information.

Grappling with Jesus's Teachings | A Sojourners Class

Winter Series

Grappling with Jesus’s Teachings |

A Sojourners Class

Brotherhood Room


9:45 a.m.

The stories of Jesus’ teachings that we find in the Gospels can present challenges in understanding and interpretation. In this class, we will grapple with these challenging stories with help from the thought-provoking essays of Debie Thomas in her recently-published book, Into the Mess and Other Jesus Stories: Reflections on the Life of Christ. The “Wonders” section of this book, on the miracles of Jesus, provided the source for lively class discussions this past fall. In February and March, we will discuss stories from the “Teachings” section of the book: the beatitudes, the ten bridesmaids, the good Samaritan, and more. Join us for enriching dialogues that promise to offer fresh perspectives on Jesus’ teachings.

The Sojourners class meets from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Brotherhood room. Information about this class is available from Ed Carwile ( and Robert Catterall (