March 6, 13, and 20
9:45 -10:45 a.m.
Offered by the Adult Education Ministry Committee, these Forums are a long -standing tradition at WSBC designed to provide opportunities for short-term study to support the faith journey and to nurture community.
- Walking Together: A Covenant Community – Curtis Freeman and the Denominational Relations Committee, Room 102. Some people choose a church by asking “What’s in it for me?” Others join a church because they find an answer to the question, “Where are folks like me?” From the beginning Watts Street Baptist Church has had a different way. We ask, “To whom do we belong?” We believe that the nature of our life together is not about meeting our needs as consumers or locating the cultural group we are most like, but rather in understanding what it means to be a community of Christian pilgrims gathered by God through word and Spirit. We describe what it means to walk together, with God and one another, in our church covenant. This three part study will examine the nature of our life together as a covenant community with particular attention to the way this is described in the affirmations and promises of our church covenant.
- The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor – Bryan Giemza, Fellowship Hall. Flannery O’Connor was a masterful short story writer who understood well the power of parable. We will give some consideration to Flannery O’Connor’s life, times, and religious worldview. We will discuss one Flannery O’Connor story per meeting; attendees will benefit from reading the story in advance. Be prepared to be provoked, intrigued, and challenged by a woman who believed in the importance of making familiar stories new once again. Follow this link to access the three focus stories: https://goo.gl/f6bweY
March 6: A Good Man is Hard to Find
March 13: The Displaced Person
March 20: Everything that Rises Must Converge
- Ambiguous Loss: Exploring Fertility Grief & Our Response Facilitated by Mary Elizabeth Hanchey and Diane Paces-Wiles, Room 104-A When loss occurs, we look to our family, friends, and church community to respond with compassion. But what happens when loss is ambiguous and grief goes unrecognized? Please join Project Pomegranate as we consider living in community with those who face fertility grief. We will explore ambiguous loss and unrecognized grief together through the particular lens of infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant loss. Our discussions will touch on response to individuals, community awareness and response, and public policy.