All classes are in the Lounge and meet from 9:15 to 10:15, unless otherwise noted.

May 6-13, 2018 

"Christianity & Human Rights"

What are "human rights" and does it make sense to call human rights "Christian"? How are we to understand the relationship between the biblical value of justice for the oppressed and the modern-day movement for universal human rights? How have the American government and the Presbyterian Church (USA) engaged this movement? For those moved by Christian faith to support the human rights of all, what historical and theological support is available?

We'll be exploring these questions during a two-week series on 'Christianity & Human Rights,' led by human rights professional Allyson McKinney Timm. The series will consider Christian influence on the advent of human rights, Christian theologian Nicholas Woltersoff's theory of justice as respect for human rights, and the modern-day human rights movement expressed in international law. It will consider how our government and our denomination have responded to the human rights movement. Through this study, we seek to deepen our understanding of what it means to live as a Christian people called to "do justice" in today's trying world.
Allyson McKinney Timm is a theologically-trained human rights lawyer whose commitment to justice ministry has been inspired by her faith journey. She is the Founder and Director of Justice Revival, an ecumenical Christian community whose mission is to inspire, educate, and mobilize Christians to the biblical call to justice by standing in solidarity with the oppressed and defending the human rights of all. 

May 20, 2018

"Insights on Barnabas"

On May 20, Professor Michael Cosby will join us for "Insights on Barnabas." Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew who was an influenceial leader in the early Christian movement. Barnabas was the mentor of the Apostle Paul, and he led the first missionary journey, accompanied by Paul and John Mark, going first to his homeland of Cyprus. Professor Cosby will summarize what he discovered while in Cyprus and details in his book, Creation of History: The Transformation of Barnabas from Peacemaker to Warrior Saint.