This class seeks to increase their understanding through study of a wide range of topics relevant to Christian scholarship and life applications in the modern world.
Teachers in this class are Jim Jorden, Stan Smith, Linda Wilson, and Russell York.
This group of seekers structures themselves around the “class” concept:
A Christian Education “class” is a group of people who meet together for an extended period of time to study a series of topics. A class is a group of people with and for whom one feels an affinity and affection. A class is a group of people with whom one enjoys sharing time and study. A class is a group of people who miss you when you’re gone and welcome you back when you return.
Moreover, the class follows a study + service + fellowship model. Through these three modes of Christian worship and work the class develops cohesiveness as a group of people with and for whom any member feels an affinity and affection.
The study format followed in this class is structured discussion of material presented by expert professors – mainly video or audio lecturers for The Teaching Company. The facilitators’ main role is to establish a baseline of information (as presented in the video or audio lessons) and to guide the class as it explores the discussion questions and comments posed at each class meeting.
For its service project, the class assists St. Frederick Baptist Church in Marble Falls with assembly and delivery of “meals-on-wheels” to those in need, on the fifth Saturdays of the year.
The class is now in a pattern of having two fellowship activities each year:
- Participation in the annual all-Church-School picnic held during the Spring.
- A Christmas social gathering.
Mary Alice Dunn and Beryl Ann Owen serve as coordinators for these social functions. Jim Jorden handles administrative matters for this class.
Beginning in January, the class will begin a a new study from : The Great Courses titled: Thinking About Religion and Violence
“We live in a world where religious violence seems more prevalent than ever. But while news stories make this seem like a relatively modern phenomenon, the truth is that religion and violence have been intertwined since the dawn of the world’s great faiths. Religious violence isn’t a contemporary phenomenon—it’s an enduring aspect of the human experience.”
New Study : The Great Courses: Religion and Violence
Course Overview: Thinking About Religion and Violence
Jan 06 Religion and Violence: A Strange Nexus led by Jim Jorden
Jan 13 Defining Religion and Violence led by Linda Wilson
Jan 20 No Class
Jan 27 Violence in Sacred Texts led by Russell York
Feb 03 Martyrdom, Sacrifice, and Self-Harm led by Stan Smith
Feb 10 Scapegoating and Demonology led by Carol Clarke
Feb 17 Understanding Witch Trials led by Linda Wilson
Feb 24 The Apocalyptic Outlook led by Jim Jorden
Mar 03 Racial Violence and Religion led by Russell York
Mar 10 Religion and Violence Against Women led by Carol Clarke
Mar 17 Sexuality, Morality, and Punishment led by Stan Smith
Mar 24 Heresies and Their Suppression led by Jim Jorden
Mar 31 Religion and Just War Theory led by Russell York
Apr 07 Peace as a Religious Ideal led by Linda Wilson
Apr 14 War Gods and Holy War led by Carol Clarke
Apr 28 Religious Violence in Israel led by Stan Smith
May 05 Religious Violence in India led by Jim Jorden
May 12 Religion’s Relationship with Slavery led by Linda Wilson
May 19 Native Americans and Religious Violence led by Russell York
May 26 Violence and “Cults” led by Stan Smith
Jun 02 Anti-Catholicism in Europe and America led by Carol Clarke
Jun 09 The Persistence of Anti-Semitism led by Jim Jorden
Jun 16 Islam, Violence, and Islamophobia led by Linda Wilson
Jun 23 Religion and Terrorism led by Russell York
Jun 30 What We Can Do about Religious Violence led by Stan Smith