The Bible at 9:30 a.m.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m., "The Bible Speaks: What Does the Bible Say About...?"
So, what do Christians believe? Join the discussion to explore the big ideas of the Christian faith. The group turns to the Bible as the source book of our Christian faith. Bring your questions! The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome to attend this solid biblical study and robust discussion.
Discussion topics are:
- June 2 - The Spiritual Life
First Friends at 9:30 a.m.
Come for spiritual growth, learning, fellowship and support for couples and individuals. To find out more about this group and to view the schedule, visit our First Friends page.
First Forum is an opportunity for open dialogue, respect, and faithful disagreement. For upcoming dates and class descriptions, view our First Forums page.
Exploring the Faith at 11:00 a.m.
“Getting to Know You – Who is the YOU in this multi-religious society?”, April 28 - June 2
Christians all over the country are getting to know people from other religious and spiritual perspectives different from our own. Dialogue, engagement and collaboration are resulting in stronger communities who trust, understand and respect each other. Presbyterian Christians who are taking this journey do so because Jesus said to “love your neighbor”, and one way to show love is to ask questions, be hospitable and let go of whatever prejudices we might have.
Because the religious landscape of our county is much like that of the whole country, the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County has arranged for us to spend an hour of class time with representatives of four different religions and with a person who is “spiritual but not religious.” More than just a lecture on a world religion, these sessions will be more personal and more engaging, leaving significant time for questions and answers.
This series assumes that all religious and spiritual perspectives differ in beliefs and practices, and that several major principles are very similar from outlook to outlook, one of those being the principle of compassion. Each presenter will discuss not only the basics of their faith perspective, but also what compassion means to them and what it looks like on a daily basis.
April 28 – Series Introduction and Overview
George Lambrides, Co-Director of the Interfaith Round Table
May 5 – the Bahá’í Faith
Kern Kuipers, a member of the Bahá’í Faith for 36 years
Kaye Foyle, a member of the Bahá’í Faith for over 25 years
May 12 – Judaism
Jeff Bernstein, active member of Beth Israel Congregation and EMU Professor
Lisa Bernstein, a Judaic Studies teacher at the Hebrew Day School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor
May 19 – Islam
Abdullah Al-Mahmudi, Imam of the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor.
May 26 – Hinduism
Sharada Kumar, the Acharya and President of the Chinmaya Mission
Sangita Shivakumar, Teacher and Secretary of Chinmaya Mission, involved since 1994
June 2 – Spiritual But Not Religious
Sharon Kardia, UM Professor, School of Public Health, Director, UM SPH Online program
Additional Reading and Study Groups
Other small groups, such as reading groups and bible studies, are also available. For more information visit our Small Groups page.