ADULT FORUM: Please join us in Daniel Hall immediately following the 10:00 a.m..
The Rev. Katie Bradshaw, a former public defender in Mississippi, will share a presentation about the for-profit prison industry that she gave at Harvard in 2014.
February 21-March 20: Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes. When you hurt, what does it mean for your faith? Too often church culture and religious individuals suggest that emotional pain belies lack of faith or sin against a punitive God. How ironic. For Christ suffered loneliness, misunderstanding, persecution, and death to meet us at the lowest places and lift us to hope and life with his resurrection. When you feel depressed or anxious, unworthy or ashamed, he meets you there as a fellow struggler who offers and embodies life and hope. Reframing apparent defeat as the first step in a life of purpose. Participants in this study will explore how his blessings called Beatitudes address the paradox of living through suffering on the way to joy.
Based on his upcoming book of the same title, Dr. J. Marshall Jenkins will lead the Adult Forum on the following themes from his research and writing on how the Beatitudes validate and empower faith of people in emotional pain: Validation, Gratitude, Desire, Voice, and Peace. Questions for reflections and readings from his Beatitudes Blog at www.jmarshalljenkins.com will supplement the discussion. Dr. Jenkins is an author, spiritual director, psychologist, and most importantly, husband of St. Peter’s organist, Wanda Cantrell.