Adult Forum Topics
ADULT FORUMNovember 17
10 a.m., in the Refectory, unless noted.
Is There an Antidote to Toxic Charity?
The Rev. Zach Drennen is an Appointed Missionary for The Episcopal Church and the Executive Director of the Elewana Education Project, an NGO (non-governmental organization) committed to improving educational opportunities and standards in rural Kenya. Amidst growing concern among international development agencies around the negative impact of aid and charitable organizations, particularly in the African context, Zach will explore the pitfalls associated with development work in Africa and highlight some of the possible ways in which the continent can live into its robust potential. Drawing on examples from his last five years in Kenya, Zach will examine both the importance of empowerment and community organizing initiatives and the often subtle but no less negative effect that foreign capital and wealth can have on local communities. Please join Zach in what promises to be a fun and informative Forum. Karibuni!
A Gracious Life Review Process
The review will be a re-examination of the images we have of God, ourselves and our neighbor, which are significant driving forces in the creation of feelings, actions and relationships. Given that we are God-searching people, we will examine our image of God and of ourselves in terms of that goal. The review will emphasize the gracious love that God has for us throughout our lives, no matter what, and encourage us to live our lives in thanksgiving for the graces we receive. The Reverend John Fetterman will be our presenter.
World AIDS Day
We pray for people throughout the world living with HIV and AIDS. Today marks the 25th anniversary of World Aids Day. The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force will be presenting an HIV 101 talk that will provide up-to-date information about the history, transmission, risk reduction and statistics of the disease. Whether you have no HIV knowledge or just a basic understanding, this is the talk to for you.
Mary, the God-bearer
During Advent, Christians ponder the mystery of Immanuel, God with us. The Orthodox tradition reminds us also of the mystery of Mary, the one who was privileged to bear the Christ child. We will meditate on several icons and then discuss what Mary can mean for us. How is every Christian called to be, like Mary, a God-bearer? Our presenter is John P. Burgess, Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary who regularly teaches classes on Eastern Christianity. His most recent book is Encounters with Orthodoxy: How Protestant Churches Can Reform Themselves Again.
The Cosmic Christ
The celebration of the birth of The Christ is full of grace and sweet memories. There is a larger dimension to Jesus that reaches back to “time 0”, the “in the beginning”, as John composes the opening of his Gospel narrative. To learn how to celebrate The Cosmic Christ is to learn about the fullness of God who is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all reality. The Reverend John Fetterman will be our presenter.
December 22: Annual Christmas Pageant
December 29: No formation classes
NOTE: Christian Education programs at Calvary are designed to reflect the interests and concerns of the parish. From time to time, changes may be made in response to emerging topics or needs. Watch the bulletin and Agape for current information.
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