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A Church in Transition
October 28 @ 9:45 am - November 18 @ 10:45 am EDT
By John Muller
The only constant is change. In this time of time of transition in both our congregation and our denomination, we will spend four Sundays together this fall looking at aspects of the changes currently before us in our service to the unchanging God.
Sunday, Oct. 28 – Rev. Kimberly Bracken Long, Worshiping God Today
Rev. Kim Long is the editor of the quarterly journal Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts and co-editor of the 2018 Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She will talk with us about the recent revision to our denomination’s Book of Common Worship. A minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), Kim served as a professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia from 2007-2017. Prior to that, she served as Associate for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as pastor of congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Kim has written extensively on contemporary worship and liturgy.
Sunday, Nov. 4 –Rev. Kimberly L. Clayton, The Christian Faith Today
Rev. Dr. Clayton, our Transitional Senior Minister, will lead A Church In Transition, by broadening our focus. The role of the Christian church in the society is changing, as is the relationship of individual Christians to our institutions, our faith, and our beliefs. Rev. Clayton will talk with us about these changes as the broader church moves into what theologian Harvey Cox has called today’s post-Constantinian “Age of Faith.”
Sunday, Nov. 11 – Barbara G. Wheeler, Whatever Happened to Mainline Protestantism?
Is organized religion going out of style, as some observers claim, and has mainline Protestantism become “a sideline”? What does the future hold for the Presbyterian Church and for congregations like The Brick Church? Barbara will lead a discussion of the myths and realities of religious change and will offer some signs of hope for the future. Barbara Wheeler is the former president of Auburn Theological Seminary here in New York. She is currently serving as a consultant at Lilly Endowment Inc.
Sunday, Nov. 18 –Barbara G. Wheeler, What’s the Difference? A look at Glory to God, the New Presbyterian Hymnal
How was our new hymnal compiled? What does it include? And what (we usually want to know!) does it omit? Barbara will offer us an opportunity to sing some representative selections. Church members Buddy Crutchfield and Jenny Bradley will join Barbara in leading our program. Barbara has written extensively on the future of mainline Protestantism, congregational studies, and theological education, and she served as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song that compiled the new hymnal, Glory to God.
Please join us at 9:45 a.m. in the Living Room on the Third Floor of the Parish House. All are welcome; bring friends and enjoy coffee and light breakfast items beginning at 9:30 a.m. Childcare is provided on the Youth Floor beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto here.