ADULT FAITH FORMATION

 

Every week adults from Peace Lutheran Church gather together to study the Bible, develop friendships, pursue wholeness, and share life experiences. Are you ready to join in? Learn more about a sampling of our groups and classes here, email office@peaceaustin.org to explore what may be your next steps. 

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Community Connections is on Zoom at 1:00 pm Sundays. The link is published in the calendar and weekly email. Check here for more details about the sessions or email us with any questions.

7/12/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 1

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
What does it mean to be white?
History and Social Construct of Race
Many people think of race as a reference to ethnicity, which can be a helpful way to categorize or describe commonalities or shared experiences between people. But the homophone of the word, used to describe a contest between two or more people, might actually shed more light on the way we will talk about race over the next several weeks—as a human construct used to elevate one group over another.
*See the weekly email for the link or email us.

7/19/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 2

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
Christmas Cookies from Cambodia
The Bible and Race in America
This week we will take a deep dive into the Bible and consider how it has been used—and misused—in conversations about race throughout US history. We’ll deal with the concept of “the other,” a thread that runs through the entire Biblical narrative. Alongside it runs the all-too-human impulse to divide ourselves into groups that include some and exclude others.
*See the weekly email for the link or email us.
 

7/26/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 3

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud
Anti-Blackness, Oppression, and the Dehumanization of Black Bodies
The focus of this session is on the experience of being black. What is it like to walk through the world today in a black body? We will start to grapple with conscious and unconscious bias and acknowledge that we all hold them. Our job is not to eliminate them – that’s impossible – but to recognize them and understand how they influence our beliefs, assumptions and experiences.
*See the weekly email for the link or email us.

8/2/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 4

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
American Amnesia
Christianity and the Erasing of Native American Stories
This week’s conversation centers on the experiences on Native Americans. The Doctrine of Discovery, boarding schools, reservations, and the demonization of Native spiritual practices provide cause for somber reflection about how Native Americans have been harmed by white supremacy.
*See the weekly email for the link or email us.

8/9/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 5

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
Whither the Women?
Race, Gender, and the Intersecting Nature of Oppression
Throughout US history, women of color have been caught in the crossed streams of race and gender, leaving them to fight for a place in both the civil rights and women’s rights movements. This session introduces the concept of intersectionality – a term used to highlight the complexity of living in the midst of multiple kinds of discrimination.
*See the calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.

8/16/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 6

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
Two Christianities
American Religion in Black and White
The focus of this week’s conversation is the racial divide in American Christianity and a historical analysis of black Christianity as a response to the pro-slavery, segregated, white supremacist attitudes of white Christianity in the early centuries of the British colonies and the USA. You will start to see how white supremacy is woven into the structure of the church far more tightly than they ever realized.
*See the calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.
 

8/23/20

Dialogue on Race – Week 7

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 
A New Heaven and a New Earth
The Problem with Racial Reconciliation
After a lot of learning and listening, it is time to think about next steps and action to take toward racial restoration. We will consider how we can spur the rest of the congregation on to make our church a bold witness in rejecting and dismantling racist structures in the world while building the kin-dom of heaven on earth.
*See the calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.

8/30/20

TBD

Facilitators: Guest speaker?

Location: Zoom*
Time: 1:00 pm
 

Weekday Opportunities

Women’s Bible Study
All women are welcome for Bible Study on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am on Zoom. Bring your Bible as we dive into God’s word through the study published in Gather, the ELCA women’s publication. *See the weekly email for the link or email us.