Violence in the World of God’s Creation
October 13: Justifications for Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a global problem that knows no economic or racial boundaries. Although intimate partner violence has declined over the last decade in the United States, the Department of Justice reports that nearly 50% of cases go unreported. Shame and social ostracism are important factors in victims’ reluctance to report abuse. Sociological studies suggest that religious communities and the way they interpret their religious texts can influence whether victims–and perpetrators–seek help. Dr. Shira Lander, Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Rice University, will explore biblical texts which have been used to justify domestic violence and offer an alternative, more healing, hermeneutic. Shira received her doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion.
October 20: An Update on Gun Violence
Gun violence impacts individuals and society as a whole. Christ the King Church member Kellye Bowman Burke will give an update on gun violence in America and review what the American Academy of Pediatrics, Harvard School of Public health and other medical, scientific, and law enforcement organizations are saying about it. Additionally, she will give an overview of current and proposed gun regulations including the recently failed “Toomey-Manchin Background Check” bill.
October 27: Martin Luther – A Man for All Seasons
In four years, 2017, we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. What does this and various other celebrations of the Reformation have do with us? Surely we are past the time of boasting about Lutheran “exceptionalism.” Still, the man who was so instrumental in changing the history of the church and the world may compel us to examine again the principal teachings and personality of this theological giant. Pastor Arthur Preisinger will present a view of Martin Luther the Reformer and the man of faith, as well as a look at Luther’s ideas on worship, ethics and marriage.