The Masked Singer!

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We are bringing our own version of the popular television show to Brentwood, complete with our own “celebrity” judges and singers! And you get to guess who the masked singers are! [Learn more on Facebook]

Admission is free. Donations and all proceeds from raffle tickets go directly to supporting the important work of The GLO Center. Come on out, have some fun, win some prizes, and support the GLO Center!

About The GLO Center:
The GLO Center seeks to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and “plus” (LGBTQ+) community of greater Springfield and the surrounding areas through advocacy and outreach, as well as programs and activities that encourage personal healing and growth. With the help of our allies, GLO strives to make a positive impact on the community at large.

Paul the Progressive?

New Bible study starts Sunday, Jan. 12

Learn more about the Bible Recovery Project at Brentwood Christian Church

The Journey Class is beginning a study of Paul the Progressive, by Eric C. Smith. Sessions are at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in Room 10.

Many are critical of Paul, accusing him of having contempt for women and women’s leadership, of being a defender of slavery, being anti-Semitic, and homophobic among other things.

But there is new scholarship that points out that many of the things attributed to Paul are in books that Paul didn’t actually write, or are due to interpretations from Reformation figures such as Martin Luther or John Calvin. You are invited to come and discuss new scholarship about genuine Pauline writings, pseudo-Paul writings (written by others forging Paul’s name), and Reactionary writers also using Paul’s name, but not following some of his very progressive thinking and actions.

Join us as we look at Paul’s actions in leadership as a model for understanding some of his actual values. as well as current models of interpreting the Progressive Paul.

Resources for “Against: What Does the White Evangelical Want?”

As we move through our Wednesday evening study series, I’ll be updating this post every so often with resources and links so those who can’t make it to each session can still keep up with handouts, interviews, and things like that [permalink].

Feel free to explore these as you’d like (it’s not required for participation or anything, I just want to pass them along in case they’re helpful).

– Phil


Session 3 (January 22)

As we continue to unpack some of the introductory material from the book, here’s an article we will explore in session 3 (I encourage you to read it beforehand if possible):

 


Session 1 (January 8)

  • Defining Evangelical: This article, from The Atlantic, highlights several conventional nuances related to the term evangelical. It’s important to note that in his book Against, Tad is focused on a particular form of white evangelicalism that emerged in the last several decades in the U.S. This doesn’t mean his analysis is disconnected from previous strands of evangelicalism as described in this article, but it does mean there are a handful of distinctions to be made. For example, as we’ll learn in Week 2, Tad seeks to distance his analysis from that of David Bebbington, whose quadrilateral (cited in this article) is often viewed as the definitive description of evangelicalism.

 

  • The Evangelist: This article, from The Washington Post, introduces readers to Shane Claiborne, a popular white evangelical activist who advocates for a number of progressive policies. As such, it shows that contemporary white evangelicalism isn’t entirely monolithic in scope. As we’ll learn in Week 2, Tad’s focus is on the roughly 80% of white evangelicals who pledge their undying allegiance to Trumpism (sometimes called court evangelicalism). That’s what he’s trying to help us understand.

 

  • Religious Landscape Study: I absolutely love this resource; it’s a goldmine of demographic data. It has all kinds of interactive, sortable options on the sociology of religion in the United States. You can compare and contrast theological and political views among various groups of people, including those from different religious traditions altogether, as well as those within the same religion. For example, you can compare and contrast beliefs and political ideologies among Buddhists and Muslims, or among Protestant and Catholic Christians, or, even more specifically, among white evangelical Christians and black Protestant Christians, just to cite a few options. (You can even find local data specific to religion in Missouri.) While Tad cites lots of similar data in his book, this is a great place for you to track down what might be of particular interest to you.

 

  • This PDF is an excerpt from Stephen Prothero’s book, God Is Not One. It’s somewhat similar to the “Defining Evangelical” article posted above, but provides a bit more historical context.

 

  • Finally, here’s an overview of the study series featuring schedule, format, and class covenant.

Brentwood welcomes Ally Henny to its ministry team to serve as Theologian in Residence (beginning Jan. 26th)

We are excited to welcome Ally Henny to the ministry team at Brentwood Christian Church, where she will serve as Theologian in Residence. In this newly formed position, she will share her insights and scholarship through teaching, preaching and community engagement. Her first sermon at Brentwood will be on January 26th at 10:00 a.m. [Click here for Brentwood’s preaching schedule].

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If you haven’t had the chance to meet Ally, here’s a brief bio:

As a prolific writer and speaker, Ally is among the most influential public theologians in the church today. She writes about race, identity, culture, and racial conciliation on Twitter, her personal Facebook profile, and on her blog, The Armchair Commentary. She is a regular contributor for The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where she writes about black motherhood and other topics related to the black experience from a faith-based perspective. She is also the host of Combing the Roots, a podcast where she provides an in-depth look at the issues surrounding racism, justice, and racial healing from a black woman’s perspective.

Ally holds a B.S. in Psychology from Missouri State University and is finishing her Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Race, Cultural Identity, and Reconciliation. 

Visit www.allyhenny.com to learn more.

Ally begins this eight-week journey with us on Jan. 26th, and we are so excited for this opportunity!

Volunteers for Harmony House

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Brentwood Volunteer Group Future Opportunities
Volunteers needed for January 25th! Brentwood prepares and serves dinner at Harmony House every 3 months. 4-8 volunteers are needed to prepare and serve each meal. Older children who are able to volunteer with their parents are welcome and count as part of the 4-8 people needed. Contact Paije Luth for details: writeme@paije.work. We have the following dates reserved:

  • January 25, 2020
  • April 25, 2020
  • July 25, 2020

Dismantling White Supremacy

Come learn about organized white nationalist groups and why defeating their movement matters in the fight to advance the human rights of all Americans. The most significant groups organizing today around racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and white supremacy will be reviewed, including those active here in Southern Missouri.

Join us to start the discussion on what our community and others across the country need to do, in order to do defeat this threat to our fundamental American values of human rights and democracy.

Forum Presenter: Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, and founder of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR), has for four decades researched, written and trained on organized white supremacist groups to advance IREHR’s role as a trusted resource to civil and human rights groups. Mr. Zeskind is also a MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow for his work countering organized racism and bigotry.