Animate Faith

     “Alleluia.  The Lord is risen.”

     “The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.”

These words are code.  The early church used them to signal to one another shared identity.  In the days when the Romans could arrest you and throw you to the lions for lunch for being a Christian, it was important for Followers of Jesus to know each other without tipping their hands in public.

Knowing how to talk with each other about faith is still a challenge.  While the empire we live under does not throw us to wild beasts, the climate for faith talk is scary and can be hostile.  That’s why during this Easter season St. Stephen’s is offering Animate, a creative way to share our thoughts with each other about God, the Bible, Jesus, the Cross, and the life of faith.  Beginning Sunday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. in the Chatham Room and continuing for 6 weeks, this course will get us talking in real terms. 

Important voices in contemporary, progressive Christianity will share their thoughts on these critical topics to our pilgrimage of faith.  As Brian McLaren, one of the speakers says,”When it comes to Christianity too many people have their intelligence on ice and their ignorance on fire.”  The course will  invite us to set all kinds of intelligence of fire, by engaging both sides of our brains.  Laura Thewalt is excited to be leading this effort.

You can learn more by watching a video describing the conversations here.  I hope you will join us this Sunday for this fun Easter adventure.

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