Book Study - Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us beyond Fear

We would love for you to give Bible Study/Book Study a try on Wednesdays at 10 am via Zoom! If you've never participated, but might find this subject interesting, this could be the perfect time to give it a try. We discuss for about 50 minutes and then spend about 10 minutes praying with one another.

Order your own copy of the book from anywhere you would like. Let Pastor Matt know if you would like for him to order a copy for you. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the book if that would help you, just let Pastor Matt know.

This new study begins Wednesday, January 17th. The Zoom link for study each week appears in the Grace and Gratitude newsletter and is also on the Holy Cross website.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday @ 10am

Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us beyond Fear
by Elaine Howard Ecklund

Science and faith are often seen as being in opposition. In this book, award-winning sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund questions this assumption based on research she has conducted over the past fifteen years. She highlights the ways these two spheres point to universal human values, showing readers they don't have to choose between science and Christianity. Breathing fresh air into debates that have consisted of more opinions than data, Ecklund offers insights uncovered by her research and shares her own story of personal challenges and lessons. In the areas most rife with conflict--the origins of the universe, evolution, climate change, and genetic technology--readers will find fascinating points of convergence in eight virtues of human existence: curiosity, doubt, humility, creativity, healing, awe, shalom, and gratitude. The book includes discussion questions for group use and to help pastors, small group leaders, and congregants broach controversial topics and bridge the science-faith divide.

Sunday Morning Bible Study - Out of the Waters; Resisting the Power of Fear

A Faith on the Move Bible Study, Six Week Encounter with Exodus chapters 1-6

“Out of the Waters” Curriculum:

Feel free to preview the curriculum at the link above. Also, hard copies of the daily curriculum will be printed out and available at each session. Our text will be the first six chapters from the Old Testament book of Exodus. Bring your Bible if you have one. Bibles will also be available at the study.

Please contact Pastor Matt if you have any questions, or would like additional information.

On-Site at 11 am in the Atrium of the Education Wing

Begins September 10th

Out of the Waters: Resisting the Power of Fear
by Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy

This series is first and foremost about exploring biblical narratives. In their original context, the stories in the Bible were not read in monotone from a formal lectern; rather, they were vividly shared around the campfire and urgently passed on from one generation to another. Coming out of an oral culture, the stories were recorded in a way that invites the listener to get to know the characters—to see them as relatable, fully human beings, rather than distant “holy heroes.”

It is in that spirit of storytelling that the Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy wrote the studies in this series. Each session begins with reading a portion of text out loud. Then the facilitator invites participants to share what they hear or notice in the text. These questions help to keep the class focused on shared discovery and avoid the tendency to reduce the study to simply transferring information from teacher to student. Everyone in the session has something to offer and something to learn.

Written by the Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, this six-session study is the first offering from the Faith on the Move Bible Studies series. “Out of the Waters” will engage participants in the biblical story as it relates to issues of migration. The leader’s guide allows for thoughtful preparation through reviewing and reflecting on background information for each session.

As participants take on the roles of Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh and others, they will have a chance to bring these characters to life and engage directly with their stories. In an effort to emphasize the centrality of the text, participants need only a Bible to take part in the studies. Alternatively a Scripture handout is provided, which simply gives the text of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible divided into character parts.