Sunday Morning Forum

A weekly time of fellowship where we discuss both historical and contemporary issues through a Christian lens.

 

We seek to strengthen personal bonds within our church family, and to cultivate new relationships through conversation and shared experience. We work to nurture our spirituality in this secular world; understand our own faith traditions and those of others; and determine how to best express Christian faith in this diverse society. (Teens through Adults welcome).

 

This class is a hybrid class meeting in person in room 102 and on Zoom every Sunday morning at 9:30am in the Spring and Fall.  Please email the church office is you would like to receive the link to join these in-depth discussions.

 
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The Fall Schedule is below.

September 11, 18 - Remarkable Medieval Women. (led by Rebekah Latour, Ph.D student at UVA School of Religious Studies)

Hear the fascinating stories of remarkable women figures in medieval Christian history.

September 25 - Remarkable women of the Reformation. (led by Rebekah Latour, Ph.D student at UVA School of Religious Studies)

Hear the fascinating stories of remarkable women figures of the Reformation.

October 2, 9 - Slow Church (led by Rick Hamilton and Sue Lewis, Members of Church council). 

Join us for a look at "Slow Church," a book about how churches can function less like mass produced businesses, and more as unique communities rooted deeply in specific places.

October 16 - Slow Church (led by Rosie Snow, Wesley's Director of Christian Discipleship)

Continued.

October 23 - Slow Church (led by Juliana Piacentini, Church council and SPRC)

Continued.

October 30 Scripture and Horror (led by CJ McCrary, Ph.D student at UVA School of Religious Studies)

In 1947 Edward Wagenknecht included King Saul’s visit to the Witch of Endor (1 Sam. 28: 3-25) in his new Fireside Book of Ghost Stories alongside the scary stories of Henry James and Mark Twain. Wagenknecht considered the episode from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible to be perhaps the single earliest ghost story depicting a seance. But what does it mean to read the Bible as genre fiction? What can ancient ghost stories teach us about the ghost stories within our own holy texts? Join CJ McCrary for a hair-raising study of 1 Samuel 28 and the other ghosts haunting Christian literary and visual aesthetics.”

November 6 - Christianity and Folk Magic (led by Ramona Martinez, a local artist, activist, and practicing Christian)

What is magic, and when in history have the lines between magic and Christian practice been blurred? Join to find out!

November 13 - Christianity and Folk Magic (led by Ramona Martinez, a local artist, activist, and practicing Christian)

Ramona will share her personal experience with magic and Christian practice, and talk about the possibilities inherent in this approach for younger people and future generations.

November 20 - Planning Session 

At this planning session, we will brain storm classes for the Spring semester.  Everyone's input is welcome and we encourage anyone interested in leading a discussion.

 

November 27 - Methodist Federation of Social Action 

Learn about the work of the Methodist Federation of Social Action.

December 4 - TBD

December 11, 18 - Wesley Foundation & Student Ministry (Rev. Devon Earle, Director of The Wesley Foundation)

Devon Earle will talk about the role and future of the Wesley Foundation on UVA's grounds.