As Jesus gathered with his disciples for the last time around the table before going to the cross, his prayer was that we, his followers, would be perfected in unity—so that the world would know the Father’s love. 500 years after the Protestant Reformation, one of numerous splits in the Church, do we feel challenged to recall Christ’s prayer and to seek out paths to the hope of unity—for the love of the world? Join us as a team of diverse brothers and sisters in Christ leads an exploration through this frontier of opportunity to strengthen our witness to our neighbors of God’s love in these divisive times.
Photo attribution: Scott Lenger, https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottlenger/3577772296. This quilt hangs in the entryway of the National Council of Churches USA office in NYC.
WEEK 1: The Vine and the Branches: Growth of the Church in the Context of Culture
With Tim Castner, Grace Chapel Adult Discipleship Team
In this opening class, we will explore the branching out of the Christian faith and growth of the Church as expressed across the variety of cultures in which it first took root. We will consider historical aspects of the cultures that embraced the early Church, and the interplay between culture and Church in various regions.