Friday Lecture, March 13th: Faith and The Shack. 

The Shack, and both book and movie form, has been an international phenomenon, a unicorn in publishing terms. Why? Together we will explore why this novel found a worldwide audience with those who are stuck somewhere between edgy and Jesus. As a parable it gives language for many who want to know a God who is relational and not religious, as well as giving voice to grieving and questioning broken hearts. This gathering will be a conversation about the nature of God in an increasingly secularized World, or perhaps it is part of the intrusion of God from within our humanity in order to encounter even the most religious. A “love offering” will be collected to support the event, and a book signing in the parish hall will follow

 

 

Saturday Workshop, March 14th: Lies We Believe About God. 

Lies don’t exist alone. They are usually part of a connection and self referential web that empowers their ability to delude. But like any house of cards, when one is exposed, a number of others will naturally follow. Beginning with the lie that we as human beings are separated from God, we will explore how this paper tiger has kept so many in religious bondage in perpetuated religious institutional power.