Faith & Culture: “Belonging and Standing Alone”
A discussion based on New York Time’s best-selling author Brene Brown’s, Braving the Wilderness – The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Brown says, “True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.”
Sundays | 9-10am | February 10 and 17
First Pres’ Adult Education team is experimenting with new venues for the 9:00 hour on Sunday mornings and invites you to join Faith & Culture for an engaging, interactive discussion. Class Leader, Sandy Alcorn, Ph.D., former Dean, School of Social Work at Aurora University, enthusiastically suggested Brene Brown’s book. Copies of the book are now available in church office for $15.
“Know Your Theologians – Part I: The Early Church”
If the church is like a family, then we should know about our theological ancestors who have come before us in the faith. This series will introduce you to some of the most important thinkers in the history of the Christian church who have shaped our belief and practice. In this first four-week session, you will be introduced to some key theologians in the early church, who sought to defend the faith and helped to establish orthodoxy, including Irenaeus of Lyon, Athanasius, the Cappadocian Fathers, and Augustine of Hippo. Join us as we get to know some of the great Christian theologians and how they continue to inform our faith today.
Sundays | 10:30-11:30am | February 10, 17, 24 and March 3
The Rev. Dr. David McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, and a Guest Professor at Wheaton College. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer McNutt (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity at Wheaton College, where she is the degree coordinator of the MA in Theology and the History of Christianity program. Jennifer and David are ordained Teaching Elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and they serve as Parish Associates at First Pres.