Upcoming FaithLife Connections Event in Tulsa
Tulsa, Okla., October 24, 2013 – The ongoing lecture/conversation series titled FaithLife Connections (FLC), will return to Yale Avenue Christian Church (3616 S. Yale Ave., 74135) in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday, November 17, 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 Tulsa area will be Susanna Southard, Instructor in Ministry Studies at PTS. Her discussion topic will be “Eat, Drink and Be Married: Five Festival Scrolls from Jewish and Christian Perspectives.”
“My ’Eat, Drink and Be Married’ presentation will provide a taste of texts from Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther. These short books, exploring God's hidden role in ordinary human events, are not often preached in Protestant churches; however, they are read every year in Jewish festivals known by Christians as Passover, Pentecost, 9th of Av, Feast of Booths, and Purim. Come and be surprised by traditional and not-so-traditional interpretations of the scrolls and their festival roles,” said Southard.
“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 a 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 a half year span, a congregation will host a weekend event twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.
For additional information about FaithLife Connections, locations, registration, presenter videos, and topics, visit www.ptstulsa.edu/faithlifeconnections or call (918) 610-8303.
Established in 1907, Phillips Theological Seminary is dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good. Affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Phillips provides an ecumenical education, with students representing more than 20 denominations. The mission of PTS is to learn and teach how to be: attentive to God; responsible biblical and theological interpreters; faithful individuals and communities acting with God to transform the world. In addition to serving the church’s need for an educated ministry, the seminary also welcomes students who are not pursuing ministerial degrees but who want to explore their faith through courses in the curriculum and through programs designed for larger publics. www.ptstulsa.edu.
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