LEADER: Jay Beaman,
In connection with the exhibit at Lewis & Clark College, this class explored the histories of those who were conscientious objectors to participation in the military.
Praying the Psalms… in the key of Jesus.
We will seek to better understand this book of the Bible – as individual poems written by (and/or for) David and many others; as a collection shaped by the life of ancient Israel; as the songbook used in the temple and synagogue (including in the time of Jesus); as a prayer book for many segments of the church over the past 2,000 years.
While understanding the Psalms is important, the Psalms are meant to be experienced. So, we will spend time praying the Psalms together, with the hope of being more deeply grounded in God by being more deeply grounded in the Psalms.
In all of this, we will stay attuned to Jesus. After all, he would have been shaped by praying these same Psalms. Even more, Jesus claims that the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms all testify about him. May we learn from him as we pray with him.
Mission of this Class:
Encourage Portland Mennonite Church to become a community of alternative practices, grounded in our Anabaptist commitments to simplicity and peacemaking, that responds practically and prophetically to the alarming realities of global climate change
This is a six-week class discussion on how food, transportation, consumerism, and housing choices affect climate change. How does the Mennonite commitment to simplicity and peacemaking inform our responses to this crisis and how are we as a PMC community responding to caring for the environment?
LEADER: Cody Bivins-Starr
Experiencing disability opens various possibilities for new understandings of what it means to be human. This class explores the Christian tradition and its core theological ideas through the lens of disability, addressing areas of tension, areas of promise, and seeking new ways of participating in God’s community of belonging.
Creating Safe Space