Westminster in a Minute…
“Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is
not Christian theology.”
-James H. Cone
Sunday February 25th
“Black Liberation Theology and the Multicultural Church”
Will meet following the time for children.
We will gather for congregational prayers in the Narthex
following Sunday’s worship service. All are invited to attend.
The Presbyterian Women will meet on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:00
a.m. to cook for the Grace and Peace Shelter. Please bring a sandwich for
Restore the Core will dine at Lemmon’s Restaurant (5800 Gravois)
on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to
Rick Burk no later than Tuesday, February 27 at 314-256-1187 or
The annual congregational meeting will be held during worship on
Sunday, March 4.
A congregational dinner will be held following worship on Sunday,
March 4. Meats and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked
to bring side dishes and desserts. A guest speaker will be at the dinner
to talk about Maxine Clark’s vision of the Delmar DivINe.
Lenten study groups will meet on Wednesdays during Lent on
February 21, 28, March 7, 14, and 21. A detailed description of the
topics may be found on our website and is also posted on the bulletin board
outside the parlor. To register for a class, please contact the Union
Avenue Christian Church office at 361-8844 or email email@example.com.
Peace and Grace,
Pastor - Westminster Presbyterian Church
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2018 LENTEN STUDY SERIES
Christian Church is excited to once again host our Lenten Study Series shared
between our Union Communion congregations! This year there are four learning
book study continuing the conversation on racism and white privilege
using the book The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and
the Rise of a New Justice Movement (Beacon Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-080708360-4) by
the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, a Disciples pastor in North Carolina and
chair of the NAACP Legislative Political Action Committee who has been heralded
as this era's Dr. King. As described by the publisher:
“The first Reconstruction briefly flourished after Emancipation,
and the second Reconstruction ushered in meaningful progress in the civil
rights era. But both were met by ferocious reactionary measures that severely
curtailed, and in many cases rolled back, racial and economic progress. This
Third Reconstruction is a profoundly moral awakening of justice-loving people united
in a fusion coalition powerful enough to reclaim the possibility of
democracy–even in the face of corporate-financed extremism.
“In this memoir of how Rev. Barber and allies as
diverse as progressive Christians, union members, and immigration-rights activists
came together to build a coalition, he offers a trenchant analysis of
race-based inequality and a hopeful message for a nation grappling with
persistent racial and economic injustice. Rev. Barber writes movingly–and
pragmatically–about how he laid the groundwork for a state-by-state movement
that unites black, white, and brown, rich and poor, employed and unemployed,
gay and straight, documented and undocumented, religious and secular. Only such
a diverse fusion movement, Rev. Barber argues, can heal our nation’s wounds and
produce public policy that is morally defensible, constitutionally consistent,
and economically sane.”
Participants will need to obtain their own copy
prior to the first session.
2) A Bible study on the Passion
story from the Gospel According to Mark. As we prepare for the observance of
Holy Week and the great celebration of Easter, this study will help us dive
deeper into the events within and around Jerusalem. We will be using the
commentary The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
(HarperOne, 2007. ISBN: 9780060872601).
As described by the publisher:
“Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg
and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They
begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The
first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into
the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral
hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus
introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus
than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings.
“The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice
and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end
of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to
do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged,
and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who
engages us and invites us to follow him.”
Participants will need to obtain their own copy
prior to the first session and bring a Bible.
visual arts study using Paul Smith's collection Faces of Jesus
(currently on display at Missouri Valley College). Through viewing a digital
slideshow of the collection, this study will explore various depictions of
Jesus in art across many centuries, cultures, and artists. This collection
invites new ways to ponder the person of Christ and wrestle with our
understandings of faith in ways that help us grow closer to God and to
4) A cinematic study using the
2000 Miramax film Chocolat starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred
Moline, Lena Olin, and Johnny Depp.
Set in a religiously staunch (and
oppressed) French village, a young mother (Binoche) opens up a chocolaterie at
the beginning of the 1959 Lenten season and runs into conflict with the
ultra-pious and traditional town mayor. The film and discussion will explore
the meaning of Lent, the nature of hospitality, the wisdom and renewal found in
change, the love in accepting others, and the strength in becoming oneself
through reflection and growth.
Participants are encouraged to volunteer to bring a personal
favorite food that uses chocolate for a shared tasting, and to bring a Bible for reference and discussion.
study series will be on Wednesdays in Lent beginning February 21 with a
gathering at 5:30 p.m., a pot-luck dinner starting 5:45, and sessions ending
around 7:00. RSVP to the Union Avenue church office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (314) 361-8844. See you soon!