Sunday, October 26th
Five O’clock in the Evening
Location: 2311 Walnut Blvd., Walnut Creek
Our current teaching series has continued over the course of several gatherings, drawing on a book by the same title as this course. Without adherence to worn-out dogma, doctrine or creedal formulas requiring belief in unbelievable religious superstition, some might call “progressive” Christianity a term in search of a definition. But there are certainly some basic, guiding principles that one might say such religious progressives have left behind; with a willingness to venture forward on new paths; within an open-minded, critically discerning and fully affirming faith community. These notions that no longer speak to us persuasively might include a theistic notion of God (hence a-theism), deification of a fully human Jesus, personal salvation and eternal life, prayer as directed ‘otherness,’ and the very definition of what it might mean for someone to nonetheless still retain their identity as ‘Christian.’ The October gathering will summarize these new principles and explore the ramifications for those ready to break new ground. Imagining what those earliest pre-Christian followers of ‘The Way’ might have sought, there certainly seems to be precedent for such an exploration.
These course gatherings are free. Just contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can purchase your own copy here. Our next gathering will explore the second half of Section I of the book. Participants are encouraged to read pp. 175-conclusion of the book, prior to our next gathering.
Please RSVP now if you’d like to join us!
Always a free event, open to everyone. RSVP: email@example.com
Newcomers always welcome. The 2014 Calendar of Gatherings is here.
Embracing Resurrection as a Way of Life
“Jesus’ disciples” – early catacomb painting
Part IV in a Series on the Teachings of a Galilean Sage: The Sermon on the Mount
For those who follow a liturgical calendar in the Christian year, there’s Easter and Eastertide. It lasts 50 days. But there’s also a resurrection way of life that can presumable last a lifetime. In addition, some believers talk in terms of eternity, but others of us such fanciful notions not only unpersuasive, but also a distraction from the valuable and worthwhile wisdom teachings of the Galilean sage known as the historical Jesus. For one progressive Christian, practicing resurrection means discerning the voice of that wisdom teacher as best we’re able, and re-imagining the ways such teachings are still alive today. This commentary concludes the 4-part series on the ethical teachings of the historical Jesus; as found in the compilation of sayings known as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel.
You can read this latest commentary Here.
In the last four decades, John Bennison has been a teacher, preacher, lecturer, trainer, carpenter, coffin builder, counselor, spiritual advisor, ethicist, writer and lyricist, musician and entertainer, assembly-line union worker, small business entrepreneur, residential real estate specialist, corporate cog and executive director of a faith-based non-profit organization.
He’s authored eight publications on faith and values, and as an ordained minister served as a parish pastor over 25 years. He earned his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology, as well as his BA degree in philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College.
John contributes his leadership experience as Executive Director and Lead Teacher at Pathways, as he writes the Words & Ways commentaries and blogs on The Christian Progressive, engaging others everywhere in meaningful dialogue. He also volunteers as Director and President of the Mountain Shadow Film Society.
Meanwhile, John also continues to provide professional client services to buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Bay Area area market (www.imaginecominghome.com).
Having raised two daughters, he resides with his spouse and golden retriever in Walnut Creek, California.