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The Future of Faith - by Harvey Cox
"... a newly global Christianity, enlivened by a multiplicity of cultures and yearning for the realization of God's reign of shalom, is finding its soul again. All the signs suggest we are poised to enter a new Age of the Spirit and that the future will be a future of faith. " p 224

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  Course Outline and Links to the 10 Session Pages 
Material is added steadily through the course.   As it is found and presented and written, blue links will appear below.
Session Theme Chapter Readings
Jan 18
Intro Evening.
Video - A lecture by the author Harvey Cox, "When Jesus Came to Harvard" (link to full 83 min lecture)
Jan 25
How Faith Begins - Larry Fisk
Ch 1 - The Sacred in the Secular
Ch 2 - Awe, Wonder, and Faith
Ch 3 - The Voyage from Mystery to Faith
Feb 1
How Faith Turned into Belief -Wayne Ch 4 - What Happens When it Wasn't Really That Way?
Ch 5 - The Devolution from Faith to Belief
Ch 6 - The Rise of the Clerical Class
Feb 8
How Belief had to have Orthodoxy - Jock Ch 7 - The Invention of Heresy
Ch 8 - How to Fix the Papacy
Feb 15
How We Might Move to the Future - Wayne Ch 9 - Beyond the Interfaith Dialogue
Feb 22
How the Family Stopped Talking - Larry Fisk Ch 10 - The Pathos of fundamentalism
Ch 11 - Which Bible Do the Bible Believers Believe?
Mar 1
How Jesus Message Reached the Poor - Jock Ch 12 - Where the Past Meets the Future
Ch 13 - Liberation Theology and the Rebirth of Faith
Mar 8
How the Poor Hear the Jesus Message - Wayne Ch 14 - Pentecostals and the Age of the Spirit
Mar 15
How the Future Might Arrive -Jock
Video - A People's History - Dianna Butler Bass
Ch 15 - The Future of Faith
Mar 22
Guest Speaker on the Pentecostal Movement as Cox introduces.

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Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. ... Proverbs 23:12 (NIV)
Group Facilitator. Wayne Holst              EMAIL WAYNE

I spent most of my life thinking like a church professional, rather than as a regular congregational member. My training as a pastor always had me asking myself 'how can I apply this discovery, insight, new information to a regular church setting?'

Often, clergy have been hesitant to share the discoveries they have made through a 'critical' approach to the Bible with their parishoners because they wonder how laypeople might accept it. I have found that many thinking laity are professionals in their own fields of endeavour and understand a critical approach very readily. What they seek are ways of relating faith to daily living.

I am grateful for the journey I have been taking through ordained ministry to teaching at the university and serving as a fellow layperson at St.David's United Church. Here we find that questioning and honest expression of our faith and doubt is readily accepted and supported.
Group Facilitator. Jock McTavish           EMAIL JOCK

I am a student and a poet, a democrat and a techocrat, an eclectic eccentric. I grew up in a loving Baptist community, so in my heart I'm still a Bible loving evangelical. As I grew in learning I found a new home in the United Church whose tolerance embraces the broadest range of Christian understanding. I most enjoy the illumination of our ancient traditions by modern scholarship. For they show in clear novel ways that the perspectives of the Special Ones were seldom the understandings of those that followed. They show all knowledge to be in relationship .

There seems a lack of understanding in our secular world for religious practices. The reasons why I still gladly - even necessarily - attend church are difficult to voice to those unfamiliar with church, or those injured by church. Elliott got it right. We find our way back to the place we started from. But with new understanding.