Questions About God: Science, Religion, Suffering and the Felt Presence of God

Thursdays, October 29, November 5, 12, and 19, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

What happens when life poses the big questions? When a child asks what you really believe.  When you come up against mortality—your own or a loved one’s.  When you discover your life is so busy you’ve lost touch with God. When you realize the landscape has changed and you’re no longer sure of the terrain or your place in it. 

Too often when we try to engage these questions we’re tangled before we even begin.  Emotion, logic, doctrine and myth scramble together and clarity escapes us.  This series offers a structure and a space to wrestle with a few of the big questions. Through presentation, individual reflection, and discussion, we will break our questions into manageable pieces, take a look at new perspectives, and step more deeply into our own individual understanding. 

Session One: Naming where we are today - and what really brought us here.  How have church, key people, joys and sorrows shaped our understanding of and reaction to God?  And who or what do we mean when we speak of God?

Session Two: The tension between science and faith. How do intellect and emotion blend to help us find wisdom? How do we decide what we believe–about anything? How do we respond to skeptics?  Do science and faith really contradict one another?

Session Three: Where is God when creatures suffer?  What is Jesus’ message about suffering?  How do we deal with our own and others’ pain? What does it all mean?

Session Four: Where and how do we actually experience God?  Where do we share our stories of God and invite others to share theirs?  How do we find authentic language we can use with integrity?  And finally, how do we open space in our lives to listen to God?

Recommended readings that will enrich your experience (but are not an expectation) include Mere Christianity or The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis and The Language of God by Francis Collins, M.D.


Presenter:
Connie Fourré was a high school Faith Formation Director and teacher for many years.  An award-winning author and educator, she looks forward to engaging in this conversation without having to keep an eye on the kid acting up in the back row.


 

WHEN: Thursdays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

COST: $80.00 for the series; $25.00 per session.