FAITH AND ISSUES
Faith and Issues is a discussion group led by The Rev’d Dr. Katrina Wagner. We explore how our faith informs our understanding of issues and how these issues speak to our faith.
Schedule: Saturday, October 21 9-10:30 am.
Next meeting: Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century
by Marcus Borg. Read chapters 3-5. Discussion of other chapters continues in October.
Next book: tba
FORGIVENESS: A Bible Study
Rev'd Dr. Kathleen Rusnak. Continuing Sundays, October 22 through November 19, 11:45-1:00 in the parish hall.
In our Spring Lenten study, we covered the life of Joseph in Genesis, and the first recorded act of interpersonal forgiveness - Joseph forgiving his brothers for the wrong they did to him. In our next study, we will continue the theme of forgiveness from several different perspectives:
1. the popular use of forgiveness in society today
2. Jesus' teachings on forgiveness in the New Testament
3. and Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower.
In this book, Wiesenthal introduces us to young dying SS officer being cared for just outside the concentration camp in which Wiesenthal is being held. The dying officer confesses his horrific crimes against Jews and asks for Wiesenthal's forgiveness. Did he? Would you? Christian clergy, rabbis, the Dalai Lama, and others, respond in The Sunflower.
- Kathleen Rusnak