What is First Forums?
We live in a world that is increasingly divided. All around us, the media, family, friends, and co-workers want to know “Whose side are you on – are you with us or against us?” How, as Christians and Presbyterians, are we called to respond to these forces and invite people with whom we differ into dialogue to gain a better understanding of our dispirit beliefs? Knowing that we hold a variety of beliefs, values, and opinions, each First Forum is an opportunity for open dialogue, respect, and faithful disagreement. Come seek opportunities for respectful conversation and for finding avenues for advancing faithful values of peace, justice and community.
November 18 - Reclaiming Jesus, the Church, the State and the Public Square
Rev. Dr. Todd Cioffi, presenter, is an Associate Professor, Congregational and Ministry Studies, Co-Director, Calvin Prison Initiative, Calvin College; and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Reclaiming Jesus, the Church, the State, and the Public Square - 12:15 p.m., Curtis/Founders Room
A light lunch will be served for $5. Dr. Cioffi will identify a key feature of the church’s life – being reconciled with God and one another, and examine how this ought to influence the state and the public square in political and civil life.