Prayer Across Faiths

In prayer we humans orient toward God: we direct praise, lament, questions, petitions and thanksgiving to God who made us, redeemed us and sustains us. In prayer we are in conversation with God and open for God to be in conversation with us, in personal prayer as well as in group and worship settings. In February Sunday Forum will learn about prayer practices in four faith traditions, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish. The presenters will share practices and content, and discuss how prayer shapes and supports daily living and ethical decision making.

February 18: Prayer in Muslim life
Shariq Abdul Ghani is a Muslim interfaith activist with the Minaret Foundation. He enjoys building relationships by speaking about differences through laughter, coffee, and dodgeballs. He speaks regularly at churches, synagogues, schools, and conferences, and has a 4-year-old who would prefer him to be a dinosaur and a bulldozer… at the same time. Continue reading

What is Moral Injury- March 26, 9:45 a.m.

A growing problem for military personnel, our civic protectors, and others is Moral Injury. Moral Injury most often erupts as a debilitating guilt suffered from an action one has done or witnessed that could not be avoided. MI can be related to, but is distinguishable from Post-Traumatic Stress. MI accounts for much of the increased suicide rate in combat veterans. Can people recover from MI? How can we as people of faith help those who suffer MI? Pastor Larson will introduce the topic on March 26.

The following Sunday Lee Thweatt will join Pastor Larson to lead more conversation about MI. Lee, a member of CTK and Vice-President of the Congregational Council, served as a United States Marine Judge Advocate General (military lawyer), and will share first-hand insights about MI.

Faith, Sexism, Justice:

Sunday Forum, February 26, 9:45 a.m. basement classroom
Conversations toward a Social Statement
faith-sexism-justice

Pastor Karin Liebster will lead a three week series reading and discussing the study Faith, Sexism, Justice. The study is a work by the ELCA Taskforce Women and Justice: One in Christ, put forth to all congregations of the ELCA as an invitation to engage in conversation on the topic. The task force writes, “countless people are suffering under the weight on injustice. … Many individuals and their families struggle emotionally, physically and economically because of the effects of sexism and patriarchy. These forces are personal, religious, social and economic. As member of the body of Christ … we are called to help all people live abundant lives that are just and sufficient – lives in which every individual and community is committed to the mutual values of respect, dignity, interdependence and equity.” Continue reading

Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months.

  • July 31: Kristine Wallace, Resurrection:  The Power of God for Christians and Jews, by Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson

August 7: George Brookover
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, by Kevin Kruse Continue reading