PLATTSBURGH – The Plattsburgh United Methodist Church will be offering adult education this fall that focuses on progressive Christianity and progressive theology.
“I really feel like there’s a reformation going on in Christianity, and we’re just getting started.” said Rev. Phil Richards, senior pastor of the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, the Saranac United Methodist Church and the Three Steeples United Methodist Church.
“I want to be able to offer some of the 21st century thinkers who are really looking at Jesus for the 21st century and Christianity for the 21st century a broader, more diverse viewpoint than we often see in the media. and that’s why we offered it.”
“Do I remain a Christian?” by Brian McLaren, are offered on ZOOM Video Conferencing on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. or on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Email Rev. Sally White to register at: Pastorgrammy10@yahoo.com starting September 12th or 14th.
“Do I remain a Christian?” publicly addresses the pressing question that a surprising number of people, including pastors, priests and other religious leaders, are asking privately. pick up where “Faith After Doubt” stops “Do I remain a Christian?” is not McLaren’s attempt to convince Christians to stay on their heels or run for the exit.
Instead, he combines his own experience with that of thousands of people who have confided in him over the years to help readers make responsible, honest, and ethical decisions about their religious identity.
There is a way to say yes and no to whether we should remain Christian, says McLaren, by shifting the focus from whether we remain Christian to how we remain human.
“He’s a United Church of Christ pastor who has started writing books on how to be a Christian in the 21st century, and this one is ‘Do I remain a Christian?’ where he begins with the premise of no, historically the Christian church and why people say no to Christianity.” said Richards.
“And then he goes into the yes and why it’s important to work to change where people are at this particular point in time.” Then he makes the how, so to speak, of how to remain Christian in these turbulent times.”
McLaren will join the study group for a discussion in December.
“Saving Jesus for the 21st Century” is a Thursday evening group meeting at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St. in Plattsburgh, September 15 through December 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Register with Pastor Phil Richards (email@example.com) by September 12th.
Have you ever felt that Jesus was hijacked by the Christian right and rejected by the secular left?
“Jesus Save Redux” is a DVD-based small group exploration of a believable Jesus for the third millennium.
Contributors include Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass and Robin Meyers, who join Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine and many others for a conversation about Jesus’ relevance for today.
“This is a video study compiled by a variety of scholars and theologians that truly considers Jesus for the 21st century and why Jesus is worth saving.” said Richards.
“Jesus Save Redux” Curriculum:
¯ Introduction: Jesus through the ages
¯ Who was Jesus?
¯ What can we know about Jesus (and how)?
¯ The world into which Jesus was born
¯ Birth of Jesus: Incarnation
¯ Teachings of Jesus: Wisdom Tradition
¯ Jesus’ program: The kingdom of God
¯ Jesus’ ministry of compassion
¯ Who killed Jesus?
¯ The Atonement
¯ The Resurrection of Christ
¯ Why Jesus is worth saving
People from all walks of life face challenges every day on all levels, from personal, emotional, psychological, political and planetary, let alone spiritual.
“So we want to offer these courses to give people an alternative vision or possible vision of what Christianity can be.” said Richards.
“It’s always evolving, and it’s always evolving. I think what these scholars and theologians are showing is how it can evolve in this time and that it’s important to evolve in this time.