To learn more about the Just Mercy Film Viewing and Discussion Class on July 8, click here.
World Religions Viewed through Two (or More) Lenses
Sundays, June 14 – July 12
9:30 – 10:30 AM via Zoom
led by Julie Nice and Richard Ashmore
We invite church members and interested others to join us in exploring five world religions. Neither of us is an expert on any of these religions, but we want to learn more, and we hope you might also. This will not be World Religions 101 Lite. Our aim is not to “teach” the “facts” about each of these faith communities. Rather, our goal is to increase our understanding of, and appreciation for, religions (including our own) that have large numbers of adherents around the globe. Now the notorious small print warning: This class has more suggested reading than the average SCAPC adult Sunday School class. However, we believe that you will find both suggested books rewarding. Perhaps more importantly, neither book is required. We welcome all on this journey.
Full schedule and list of class resources
Zoom Meeting ID: 970 1030 0222
To join meeting by computer, tablet, cellphone, click here.
To join by phone (audio only), dial (312) 626-6799.
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Special: Wednesday, July 8
Film Viewing & Discussion
During the month of June, you are invited to view the film Just Mercy. It is available to rent over most streaming services (amazon, apple, etc.) for free through June 30th. Then on the evening of July 8th, there will be an opportunity for those who wish to take part in a thoughtful group discussion via ZOOM (see details below) of the themes and subject matter of racial justice brought up in the film. More information about this event will be shared in the coming weeks, so please mark your calendars now.
The 2019 film, Just Mercy, tells the true story of the first case of long-time civil rights advocate Bryan Stevenson, who in the late 1980s became the head of Alabama’s Equal Justice Initiative right after graduating from Harvard Law School. Seeking to overturn the falsely obtained conviction of Walter McMillian, the African American lawyer runs up against a thoroughly racist justice system, starting with the police, the district attorney, the prison guards and the judges. Only by a persistence like the widow in Jesus’ “Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge” does Stevenson emerge victorious at last. The faith of the advocate and of the African American family is well depicted, with the lawyer’s words near the ending possessing a biblical ring: “We all need justice, we all need mercy, we all need unmerited grace.” (See summary by Rev. Edward McNulty.)
Just Mercy Discussion
Wednesday, July 8 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Meeting ID: 847 2484 8573
To join Zoom meeting by computer, tablet or cellphone, click here
To join by phone (audio only), dial (312) 626-6799
[Use *6 to mute/unmute. *9 to raise hand]
As a way to continue the spiritual formation of our children (ages 3 – Grade 5), we have created packets of activities that kids can do at home throughout the summer. Each packets contains one month’s worth of activities that can be done whenever works best for your family. The activities are based on each week’s Bible lesson with monthly themes of communities living together, communities changing and growing, and communities worshipping.