Summer Sunday School will explore Disunity in the Church

Sundays through Sept. 3, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in FH203

Why do Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting? We'll spend the summer trying to answer that question as we read scripture and watch short films by Duke Divinity professor Christena Cleveland and Father Greg Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart.

Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one," divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present, Dr. Cleveland tells us. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. The good news is that we can equip ourselves to overcome the hidden forces that divide us.

Interested in greeting? Sign up to welcome others to class (9:15-9:45 a.m.) at the doors of the Fellowship Hall here:

Below is the class schedule, with leaders for the first four weeks. 

Date                Topic and Scripture                                                               Leader(s)

5/28                 Introduction, Achieving Unity; John 17:20-23 (CC)                Grady Moseley
6/4                   The Church and Racism; Genesis 11:1-9 (CC)                        Anne Lowrance
6/11                 The Word of the Cross; 1 Cor. 1:10-25 (CC)                           Stan Bracey
6/18                 Who Does Jesus Love?; 1 Cor. 8:1-13 (CC)                             John Downs
6/25                 Kingdom Mutuality; Mark 1:40-45 (GB)                                 Joan Watson
7/2                   no class                                              
7/9                   The Church as a Healing Community; 1 Cor. 12:12-27 (CC)   Anne McQuiston        
7/16                 Kinship and Kingdom; Matthew 5:43-48 (GB)                        Kelly Zellars
7/23                 Privilege and Power; Mark 10:17-31 (CC)                              Heidi Biermann
7/30                 The Gospel of Individualism; Matthew 25:31-40 (CC)           Andy Ball
8/6                   Solidarity with the Oppressed; Philippians 2:1-11 (CC)         Diane Powell
8/13                 Clinging to a Tiny God; Luke 5:17-26 (GB)                              John & Alice Arwood
8/20                 Hope for the Future; 2 Cor. 5:11-21 (CC)                               Jen Christianson
8/27                 The Jesus Strategy; Mark 11:46-52 (GB)                                Morgan & Jeff Hallen
9/3                   Conclusion, Communion as Healing; 1 Cor. 11:17-34 (CC)    Henry Trexler