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 Opportunities

Community Connections is currently experimenting with the best time slot and format.

Weekday Opportunities

Leveraging White Privilege in Spiritual Communities, a follow up to our Dialogues on Race series, began in October and is continuing, facilitated Fatima Mann. We meet 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays online.  Email us for the link or for more information.
 
Women’s Bible Study on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am on ZoomAll women are welcome for Bible Study. 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.

 Community Connections Sessions

8/2/20 – Dialogue on Race

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 calendar or weekly email for the link or email us.

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo

 


7/26/20 – Dialogue on Race

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.

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo



7/19/20 – Dialogue on Race

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.

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo



7/12/20 – Dialogue on Race

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.

Facilitators: Vaike O’Grady & Lisa Pursiheimo