Adult Forums, Late Fall and Advent 2021

We dig deep with an open spirit into questions of faith and life. Forum meets at 9am Sundays. Use the Sunday worship zoom link (website front page) or join us (with mask) in-person, in the library.

An image of modern day Thessaloniki, looking out from the old city

First and Second Thessalonians

We’ll be doing a slow, verse by verse read through the oldest book in the New Testament, Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians, as well as Second Thessolonians.  These books deal with timely themes, such as gratitude, how to build and be in community together, social class and how to live in a society that doesn’t always share our values or pieties. 

A special theme is hope in the coming of Christ – which certainly fits the coming season of Advent.  What do we believe today about the future, apocalypse or the line of the creed: “he will come to judge the living and the dead?” 

We’ll pause as we read to consider participant questions, historical context, what it all means today, and prayers the text inspires.  If you’ve never read a whole book of the bible before, this will be a great opportunity to do so with supportive companions!  We invite participants to help lead sessions or discussions around the various topics that come up.

Tentative schedule:

October 31 1 Thessalonians 1
November 7 Chapter 2 and 3
November 14 Chapter 4:1-12 
November 21 Chapter 4:13-5:11
November 28 Chapter 5:12 to the end
December 5 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 1 – 2:12
December 12 Chapter 2:13-3:5
December 19 Chapter 3:6 to the end