Better Know a Theologian: An Introduction to the Life & Thought of Dorothy Day

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“Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.”

The Academy for Faith & Life at Brentwood Christian Church presents “Better Know a Theologian: An Introduction to the Life & Thought of Dorothy Day”

The purpose of this series is to help participants become familiar with key theologians in the Christian tradition, particularly those whose work is of particular significance for the church and society.

In this introduction to the life and thought of Dorothy Day, we will follow the lead of scholars like Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty (author of Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians) to engage how “Day’s tireless work on behalf of the marginalized arose from and articulates a deeply theological commitment to the Reign of God and the dignity of all God’s children.”

“If theology is about more than books and libraries, lecture halls and dusty debates; if theology is instead about lived experience, especially the experiences of those living at the margins of society’s care and concern; if, in short, theology is about the real needs of real people, then Dorothy Day was one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. In spite of having no formal training in theology, Day’s work and writing on behalf of the poor and oppressed bears eloquent testimony to the creativity and courage of her theological vision. Her journalism for the Catholic Worker and her advocacy for the poor, women, ethnic minorities, and others come together to form a consistent theology of the church and its ministry to the world.”

About the Academy for Faith & Life
The Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church provides an opportunity for participants from both the congregation and the wider community to engage theological and ethical topics in an in-depth manner not usually found in conventional church study groups. The Academy for Faith and Life explores topics related to religion and culture that is similar to what might be found at the university (and at times even the seminary) level. It provides tools for cultivating individual and societal transformation, all based on an approach to Christianity that values both the mind and the heart.

Pope Francis commenting on the legacy of Dorothy Day:

“Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.”

To sign up or learn more, please contact the church office.

 

“Race, Religion and the Dream of a Beloved Community” — New series begins Sept. 3

michael-brown-ferguson-missouri-2014-billboard-650Well before the tragic events including and surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown began to unfold, we had already planned to begin the next Academy for Faith & Life series on the topic of “Race, Religion and the Dream of a Beloved Community.” Now, of course, it seems all the more pertinent to do so. In this series, we will reflect on the continuing legacy of racism in America — what has often been referred to as “America’s original sin” — as well as the ways we might find solidarity and support in our shared struggle to overcome it. Not only will we gain a deeper understanding of what is meant by phrases such as “white privilege” and “systemic sin/racism,” we will pay attention to the ways in which religion has helped — as well as hindered — the dream of a beloved community built on the biblical dream of justice, righteousness and peace. Come prepared to do serious introspection and exploration. This will not be an easy conversation, but we believe it will be a faithful one.

Dates and Times
Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. beginning Sept. 3 and concluding Oct. 22

Facilitators
Phil Snider & Camielle Famous

Books
Race Matters by Cornel West
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Church Enslaved by Tony Campolo and Michael Battle
Killing Rage by bell hooks

Registration
– Registration fee is $25 (all proceeds go directly toward supporting the Greater Springfield Center for Diversity and Reconciliation)

– Please RSVP by emailing brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com

– All are welcome to register, even if not a participant at Brentwood

About the Academy for Faith & Life
Academy for Faith and LifeThe Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church provides an opportunity for participants from both the congregation and the wider community to engage theological and ethical topics in an in-depth manner not usually found in conventional church study groups. The Academy for Faith and Life explores topics related to religion and culture that is similar to what might be found at the university (and at times even the seminary) level and at the same time provides tools for cultivating individual and societal transformation, all based on an approach to Christianity that values both the mind and the heart.

Two courses are generally offered each year (concurrent with fall and spring semesters) and meet on Wednesday evenings for 6-10 weeks. Each is taught by Rev. Snider unless otherwise announced. Participants are expected to read three to four books per course. All registration fees directly support the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation, an organization dedicated to promoting, advocating, and working toward economic dignity, race equity, social justice, and equal rights for all people in the greater Springfield area. A limited number of scholarships (based on financial need) are available.

Painting the Stars – Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, ‘religion’? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Beginning September 29th, this seven-session series will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:10am in the chapel on the west end of the church.

“Mystery is a condition of awe, of resting precisely in an unknowing, long enough for the silence to have its way with us. The goal of this curriculum is to create some space for us to inhabit this mystery more deeply, and explore the relationship between science, particularly evolution, and religion. Perhaps most importantly, the hope is that each participant will feel from the inside what it is like to be the presence of all this creativity showing up after 13.7 billion years as him or her. Without this felt sense of being one with the creative process that is ceaselessly animating life, the conversation will remain objective and academic. We invite you to engage these seven weeks with an awareness that you are not separate from the creativity that produced you.”
— Bruce Sanguin, Author of If Darwin Prayed