By Catherine Eubanks
It has been noted that Presbyterians tend to be fond of 1 Corinthians 14:40: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” As we launch a year of celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the Brick Presbyterian Church, it seems decent and in order to begin by grounding ourselves in our Presbyterian heritage. The Adult Education committee invites you to explore our Presbyterian roots by learning more about Presbyterian polity and the history of Brick Church. At the same time, we are mindful of the fact that the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., along with other mainline Protestant denominations, is experiencing a decline in membership. Is this a crisis point, or a unique opportunity? The Bible is filled with stories of God challenging human ideas of the normal order of things. The God who calls to Moses from a burning bush challenges us to be open to hearing God’s voice in new and unexpected places. As we explore our roots, we will also think together about where God might be leading us as a church and as a denomination.
Brick Church member Chris Mason will begin the series on Sunday September 11 with a primer on Presbyterian polity entitled Celebrating the Lord’s Supper on the Moon, or, a Short History of the Long Reach of Presbyterian Polity. Chris Mason has been a member of Brick Church for 20 years and has been involved in multiple levels of government within the PC U.S.A.
On Sunday September 18, as part of our first Anniversary Sunday celebration, Brick Church member Deane Turner will give a special presentation starting at 9:30a.m. on the recently published book A Fellowship of Kindred Minds: Three Hundred Year Tradition of The Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. Deane will share about his experience as author compiling the history of Brick and he will participate in a Q&A on what he learned. Deane Turner has been a member of Brick Church for 45 years.
On Sunday September 25, the Reverend JC Austin will share a message of Hope for a Resurrected Church. Reverend Austin will draw on the themes of death and resurrection to describe a vision for the future of the Presbyterian church, and what needs to change in order for us to realize this vision. Reverend Austin is the Vice President for Christian Leadership at Auburn Theological Seminary.
On Sunday October 2, Rev. Dr. Bob Foltz-Morrison, the Executive Presbyter of New York City, will speak on These New York Presbyterians. Does “New York Presbyterian” refer only to a hospital in the City? How does it describe the ministries and mission Presbyterians pursue in our 102 communities of faith in 5 boroughs? The Rev. Dr. Robert Foltz-Morrison will provide a snapshot about the Presbytery of New York City—the vision and mission to which God has called us, the languages and styles in which we worship God, the struggles we carry, and the bridges that connect us as New York Presbyterians.