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Communities of Care Presentation

Spaces to Breath: Communities of Care in a World Under Stress

Columbia, Mo., September 19, 2013 – The ongoing lecture/conversation series titled FaithLife Connections (FLC), will return to Broadway Christian Church (2601 West Broadway, 65203) in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday, November 10, 2013. 

Created by Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., and featuring the seminary’s faculty, FaithLife Connections is designed to help laypeople develop the tools to connect faith with daily life.  The third presenter in the Columbia area will be Dr. Mindy McGarrah Sharp, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ethics at PTS. Her discussion topic will be “Spaces to Breathe: Communities of Care in a World Under Stress.

“Christian theologians have long understood the world as broken, but some argue that current contexts of stress are unprecedented with political divisiveness, materialism and isolation from community, an increasing array of technology and access to information, and other concerns. Both church and seminary communities are struggling to maintain and reach audiences who seek deeper meaning, honest conversation, and belonging in a vibrant caring community. In this presentation, I’ll evaluate the contemporary landscape and guide the audience in practices to bolster communities of faith as sustainable spaces for hope,” said McGarrah Sharp.

McGarrah Sharp will give a homily during Sunday morning service, following the service attendees are encouraged to share perspectives and engage in conversations. After lunch together, more time for discussion will be available, including recommendations on materials and resources.  Anyone, of any religious tradition or of no tradition, who seeks to make connections between faith matters and daily life, is welcome to attend.

“Persons seeking to follow the way of Jesus in today’s world face profound challenges. At PTS, we believe that faculty and students – including both laity and clergy – should seek to understand the challenges, to relate resources from Christian traditions to develop creative, hopeful individual and communal strategies for ways in which Christians could respond to those issues. PTS has developed FLC to reach out to people of faith who seek similar ends,” said John Imbler, Coordinator of FLC.

Designed to run for three and half years, seminary faculty with topics of expertise and interest, will rotate to participating congregations so seven different topics will be discussed over the course of the program.  FLC will be hosted by seven congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) covenant regions, those include: Denver, Colo.; Columbia, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Edmond, Okla.; and Tulsa, Okla.  Within the three and half year span, a congregation will host an event twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 

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