Week of Witness

This Sunday at Brentwood, we are joining thousands of people in a multifaith “week of witness” to increase awareness about children still separated from their parents after arriving at the southern border seeking refuge. You can learn more online here.

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Brentwood 101

Are you new to Brentwood? Would you like to learn more about our beliefs and values, as well as our programs and justice initiatives? If so, we hope you’ll join us at Brentwood 101!

This series will be held from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on the Sundays of September 9, 16, 23, and 30. It’s led by Phil Snider and will meet in Room 10 (which is next to the nursery and close to the sanctuary). While there’s no need to RSVP, you can direct any questions you might have to brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com.

Building Communities of Resistance

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“If a church never gets into conflict with the ruling powers it should question whether it’s a church of Jesus Christ.” Jon Sobrino

We live in a time where the message of Jesus and the agenda of the powerful are in conflict, where the hidden systems of domination are being revealed, where the need for a movement of justice and a people of resistance is ever more clear.

Here at Brentwood, we are partnering with Homebrewed Christianity and activist-theologian Robyn Henderson-Espinoza for a four week series (Wednesdays in September at 6:30 p.m.) on Building Communities of Resistance.

  • September 5: Resisting Nationalism with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • September 12: Resisting Patriarchy with Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • September 19: Resisting Racism with James Cone
  • September 26: Resisting Empire with Jon Sobrino

This is free and open to the public. We’ll meet upstairs at Brentwood, in Room 10. The series will be convened and facilitated by Phil Snider, in partnership with Tripp Fuller and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza.

Upcoming Sermon Series: Healing Spiritual Wounds

Our next sermon series is inspired by Carol Howard Merritt’s book, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church.

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“While we go to church to affirm our deepest ideals, too often people receive spiritual wounds rather than nurture. Whether these wounds are due to the sting of sexism, homophobia, religious politics, or abuse, the challenge becomes finding healing and reconnecting with a loving and nurturing God going forward. For Presbyterian minister and author Carol Howard Merritt, this is precisely her calling: to help us recover a loving and life-giving faith in the wake of suffering at the hands of the church.” – From the back cover

Sermons will reflect on themes in the book; interested participants might wish to read the chapters corresponding to each week’s sermon in order to more deeply engage the material.

Aug. 5: Healing Our Image of God – Rev. Snider

Aug. 12: Recovering Our Emotions – Rev. Snider

Aug. 19: Redeeming Our Broken Selves – Rev. Bowen-Marler

Aug. 26: Reclaiming Our Bodies – Rev. Snider

Sept. 2: Regaining Our Hope – Rev. Snider

Sept. 9: Reassessing Our Finances – Rev. Bowen-Marler

Sept. 16: Being Born Again – Rev. Snider

 

 

Summer Sermon Series: “The Big Questions”

June 3: Can the Bible be Trusted? (Rev. Dr. Phil Snider)

June 10: Is Christianity the Only True Religion? (Rev. Snider)

June 17: How Can Faithful Christians Affirm LGBTQ persons? (Rev. Snider)

June 24: Is the Rapture for Real? (Rev. Emily Bowen-Marler)

July 1: Was Jesus Really God? (Rev. Snider)

July 8: Is it Reasonable to Believe in God? (Rev. Snider)

July 15: What Happens When We Die? (Rev. Snider)

July 22: Is Hell for Real? (Rev. Bowen-Marler)

July 29: Who Decides What is Orthodox? (Rev. Snider)

Immigrant Accompaniment Training

On Oct. 24th at 6:30pm, Brentwood is hosting a Faith Voices Immigrant Accompaniment Training we hope you can attend.

There have been several cases of migrants being detained after going for a routine ICE check-in. They literally disappeared without being allowed to inform their friends or relatives, creating panic among their loved ones.

By volunteering to accompany migrants to ICE check-ins, immigration, and other court hearings, you are showing solidarity and helping to ease the anxiety of interacting with the legal system, reducing the likelihood of detention with your presence, and keeping relatives or lawyers informed in case the person with you is detained. This is a huge help to efforts to stop actual deportation.

Join us to learn more about accompaniment: why it is needed, what it requires, and how you can be involved, join us Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30-8pm.

(Use the back doors on the south side of the church, next to the children’s playground.)

Brentwood Christian Church
1900 E. Barataria
Springfield, MO 65804

Introducing Our New Minister for Youth & College Students

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Reed Dressler

We are excited to welcome Reed Dressler to the ministry team at Brentwood Christian Church, serving as the new Minister for Youth & College Students. Reed is from Bolivar, where he attended Southwest Baptist University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy. While at SBU, he received numerous honors, including the prestigious “Life Beautiful Award,” which is given annually to just two students who exhibit exemplary traits of leadership and character, as well as the “Outstanding Theology Scholar Award.” In addition to being very successful in speech and debate, he was the founder and council member of One in Four, an anti-sexual assault advocacy group at SBU. He is currently a grad student at Missouri State University.

Reed has been involved in numerous outreach and service projects, and most recently worked as a Victim Advocate at The House of Hope in Bolivar. He also served in youth ministry during college, but over the course of his time at SBU and beyond he’s gravitated toward more progressive approaches to Christianity that are quite reflective of the ethos at Brentwood. Reed and his fiance, Kensey Slone, are engaged to be married this December. She is currently a senior at SBU, with plans to graduate this spring with a degree in International Business. We encourage you to extend a warm welcome to both Reed and Kensey.

Reed will work with youth and college students from both Brentwood and Trinity. We look forward to what the future holds for our students, and we are grateful for the leadership that he will provide.