Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the Living Room. Bring friends and enjoy the coffee, tea and morning refreshments. Child care available on the Youth Floor.
This past summer, by a strong margin, the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church voted to grant Presbyterian ministers and sessions the “pastoral discretion” to authorize and officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies. By a clear margin, the Assembly also sent to the Presbyteries for their vote an overture that would change language which defines marriage as “between one man and one woman” to “between two persons.” At the request of session last fall, Adult Education will be hosting a series of lectures this month to discuss these changes.
Sunday, Nov 2: What Does the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Think of Marriage, and How Did We Get There?
Elder Christopher Mason
Elder Chris Mason, member at Brick Church for 18 years, will be leading this session. Chris attended General Assembly this past summer and has been actively involved in the Presbyterian Church, serving at various levels of church government. In this session, he will offer our members a history of the marriage conversation in the PCUSA and review the most recent changes that took place at General Assembly.
Sunday, Nov 9: Taking the Incarnation Seriously: Human Covenantal Love That Is Not Only Covenantal but Human
Rev. BJ Hutto, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Aberdeen in Scotland
When we speak about marriage, we generally do so with the assumption that it means, and has meant, the same thing to everyone. However, this isn't the case. This session will look at marriage not as an institution that is monolithic but one that is tied to the culture in which it exists.
Sunday, Nov 16: The Pastoral Perspective: Marriage, Counseling, and the Role of the Officiant
The Reverends Gorman, Hutto, King and Lindvall
Our Brick Church ministers will lead this discussion and help members understand the discernment process couples undergo with their presiding pastor at Brick. The pastors will also share their own thoughts on the current marriage conversation and its implications for ministry at Brick Church.
Sunday, Nov 23: What the Gay Marriage Debates Are Really About
Rev. Dr. William Stacy Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary
Recent debates on gay marriage are hugely important—not only for gay and lesbian families but for everyone. How we answer others’ questions and discuss these ourselves--and which version of Christian faith gains acceptance--will affect us all and, in the process, change the shape of American Christianity. Rev. Dr. William Stacy Johnson is the Princeton Theological Seminary’s Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer, he published the book A Time to Embrace: Same Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics.