Session Topics

Justice, Grace, Hope:
Making Sense in a Mixed-Up World

These loosely connected sessions will center around practical issues of how we can live, as Christians, in a world that continually challenges us.

Session One: We Are Justified

Luther’s breakthrough grasp of the gospel was precisely what the Church of his day needed.

But our church isn’t his church.

Today, although we still crave to hear that the gospel announces forgiveness, we are becoming aware that it must speak not only to the sinners, but also to those sinned upon.

In this session, we will consider the factors that have lead to a tendency toward quietude in the church’ and learn of theological traditions and resources that help anchor and expand our grasp of the implications of the Gospel.

Session Two: Reformation 500

The word ‘radical’ stems from the Latin word ‘root.’

When we talk about, then, radical grace, we are speaking of something in which we are deeply rooted; grace is our root.

In this session we will consider grace in terms of our interpersonal relations, our approach to public policies, and our ultimate salvation.

Session Three: The Interfaith Movement Today

The word “despair” means “to have no hope.” Whether due to overwhelming grief or the complex and crushing experience of mental illness and chronic depression, faith in Jesus doesn’t preclude us from suffering despair.

However, elements of the Christian tradition, partnered with research and expertise from the disciplines of neurology and psychology, offer tremendous possibilities for framing, reframing, and attending to the experience of grief, mental illness, and despair.

Regardless of whether you yourself suffer from the loss of hope or know and love those who do, this session will provide you with resources and reasons for hope.