Brick’s Seminarians Share Their Path to Christian Service
December 2 @ 9:45 am - December 16 @ 10:45 am EST
By Robert McCrie
Each fall Brick Church welcomes new faces to our ministry: seminarians who spend the academic year with us. This year we are delighted to have three bright students. On Wednesdays in the mornings and afternoons, they may work with the ministers dealing with a variety of parish matters. In the evenings, they may sit with and contribute to one of the permanent committees at Brick Church or sit in with a meeting of the Session. On Sundays, they participate in worship service, lead confirmation, and participate in other Sunday ministries. This December, Adult Education welcomes our three student ministers to share their calling. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know our gang of three better.
Sunday December 2 – Joshua Narcisse Presbyterianism in America: A Story of Race, Faith, Death, and Uncertainty
Drawing from his work with the 2020 Vision Team, a committee of the Office of the General Assembly, Joshua will discuss the words of hope, and anxiety, that he has heard from across the denomination. Sitting with these numerous tensions: Black and Presbyterian, denominational decline, and the uncertainty of what the future holds, he will consider the opaque, yet foundational question of life spent following Christ, “So What Now?” Joshua is a proud native of Queens, NY. As a teenager, he became a member of Dunton Presbyterian Church, where he first began to the explore the call to ministry. Joshua is in his final year at Yale Divinity School.
Sunday December 9—Brian Ballard Sabbath as a Disorienting Grace: The Practice and Reception of a Weekly Sabbath
God’s big question to humanity in the Sabbath is: who are you? How do you determine your worth, priorities, and what it means to be fulfilled? The Sabbath is a concept as old as creation itself, having been observed by God as the culmination of creation in Genesis. Yet, whether in ancient Egypt, or in the time of Jesus, or in 21st century NYC, it has persisted as a difficult command to keep. In this talk, Brian will discuss the ancient roots of the Sabbath and trace them to our present day. Interwoven within will be stories that expand on what it costs to be a Sabbath people. Brian is in his final year at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Sunday November 16—Hannah Faye Allred Religious Fundamentalism, Womanhood, and What it Means to Be a Pastor: A Journey of Faith Exploration as an Act of Resistance.
Hannah Faye grew up in a Southern Baptist Church and is now a seminary student at one of the most liberal theological institutions in the country. Still learning what it means to be a pastor, Hannah Faye will explain how breaking the mold doesn’t always mean starting over and how she has come to cherish her Southern Baptist roots in the midst of a resurgent Evangelical America. Believing the church must re-imagine its “conservative vs. liberal” dichotomy, Hannah Faye argues that the work to be done lies somewhere in the middle, and it is critical to follow the love and teachings of Christ anywhere, even if it means taking you back right to where you started. Hannah Faye lives in Madison, New Jersey with her husband and almost two-year-old son, Henry. She is in the second year at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Cross-Testament Bible concentration.
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 the coffee and light breakfast items beginning at 9:30a.m. Childcare is provided on the Youth Floor beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto.