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.

Community Conversations

Throughout the month of October, we’re pleased to welcome local leaders who represent organizations and initiatives that are close to the heart of Brentwood. During the sermon time in worship, they’ll share about their dreams and vision and how we can partner with them.

Oct. 8: Linda Leicht & Megan Munzlinger, The Rainbow Network

Oct. 15: Reed Dressler, Minister for Youth & College Students

Oct. 22: Brian Vega, Megan’s Rainbow

Oct. 29: Andy Sun, Ozarks Reach Out

NeuroJam — A concert to raise money for Springfield’s Zone 1 Blitz

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Dr. Gray Matter & the Zone Blitzers
October 1st at 6:00 p.m.
Brentwood Christian Church
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Join Dr. Gray Matter and the Zone Blitzers, a group of local and regional musicians, music therapists, scientists and dreamers, for a benefit concert to raise funds for students in Springfield’s Zone 1 who would like to participate in musical programs at their schools, but lack the resources for doing so. Brentwood Christian Church and Central Assembly of God have teamed up to raise money for this important cause, and this event at Brentwood is one avenue for raising funds for this joint project.

We know, from a scientific viewpoint, that children’s brains develop differently if they learn to play an instrument. Many of the members of the band are scientists and music therapists who work with patients and clients daily, using music to bring about transformation. Brain development, the sense of belonging to a group, the sheer joy of playing and learning something new, ALL support children having a better chance of rewriting their story and having a hand up in life.

 
This concert will blend popular music with a spiritual message and will raise funds for students who would like to participate in musical programs at their school but lack the resources for doing so.

Let’s come together to help these students have all the resources they need to better learn and achieve through their participation in the transformative power of music. Buy your tickets now for an evening of great fun that’s for an even greater cause.

Tickets are $10 per person (or $30 per family).
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Concert runs from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Free childcare is available for children from birth through pre-K

Brentwood Christian Church is located just east of the Battlefield Mall on 1900 East Barataria Street. Use the red doors on the east side of the church to enter.

New Wednesday series begins Sept. 6 — “More Than Words” (Values for the Modern Family)

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“Family values have long been at the cherished center of the Christian heart, but somewhere along the way the entire concept of family values became synonymous with bigotry, hate, and exclusion. In More than Words, Erin Wathen beautifully reclaims what this term was originally intended to be—a manifesto that leads one to a life of justice, love, and beauty.” –Benjamin L. Corey

Whether your idea of family looks like a Norman Rockwell Christmas card, the Griswold Family Vacation, or the cast of Rent, this series will help us reflect on how to have meaningful connections, healthy families, and strong communities — with the understanding that there’s no one way to be family. 

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6th, Phil will lead a ten session series on Erin Wathen’s book More Than Words, in which we will reflect on meaningful, life-giving family values. Interested participants are encouraged to read the book as we go along. Each Wednesday evening session will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and will meet at Brentwood Christian Church in Room 10. As this book describes:

The values we live and raise our families by are grounded, first, in love. Contrary to many of today’s so-called family values, our values go beyond one or two loaded social issues to a wholehearted lifestyle of practicing compassion, hospitality, justice, peace, and belonging.

More than Words articulates ten values that forward-thinking, openhearted people want to embody in their lives and pass on to their children. With practical ideas and thought-provoking questions, this series inspires families to live more intentionally, engage their communities, and make a difference in the world.

Here’s what others are saying about Erin’s book:

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Order More Than Words here.