Westminster in a Minute…
“One cannot attend both a military parade down Pennsylvania
Avenue and the humble processional of the king of peace. One cannot worship
both God and the Empire. One cannot follow both Jesus and Trump. On Palm
Sunday, we must make a choice.”
-Robert Williamson Jr.
Sunday March 25th
“The Problem of Palms”
Will meet following the time for children.
The flowers today are given to the glory of God by Stan and
The Presbyterian Women will meet on Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00
a.m. to work on various projects. Please bring a sandwich for lunch.
We will gather for Maundy Thursday worship on Thursday, March 29,
at 7:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church (826 North Union).
We will be having a brunch on Easter Sunday (April 1) at 9:30
a.m. We are looking for one more person to prepare a breakfast casserole
to be served. Other attendees are asked to bring side dishes to share.
If you would like to volunteer to provide a casserole, please speak with Janice
Tharp or Rick Burk.
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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!