Winter Theology Labs
Every Wednesday until January 30, 2019
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 4400 Floral Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 45212
Our theology labs are designed to be short-term, focused opportunities for topical study, discussion, and reflection (see descriptions below). Meant to supplement and support weekly worship and community groups, this round of theology labs will happen once a week on 4 Wednesdays in January from 6-7:30p beginning on January 9th.
These theology labs are also a great way to meet new people and gear up for Community Groups re-launching in February.
Each lab (or class or track) will meet each Wednesday of the 4 weeks. You choose one lab that you register for and attend all 4 weeks. The cost for each lab is $10/person and includes course materials (books, workbooks, etc.).
You MUST register for the lab you are attending so that the leader can have materials for you and prepare accordingly. The registration deadline is December 31st.
Also, childcare will be provided but you MUST register also by 12/31, according to your need.
The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life w/ Paul Boys & Josh Reitano
For 25 years Dr. Armand Nicholi’s (professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) class on Freud and Lewis was Harvard’s most popular class. During this Theology Lab we’ll be using Nicholi’s book based on the class, as well as a PBSspecial, to discuss life’s big questions. Special attention will be given to how to talk about these things with our neighbors.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God w/ Dave Dupee & Ryan Zhang
Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God, but few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. During this Theology Lab, we want to unpack the power and depth of prayer, as well as spending quite a bit of time learning different types of prayer and praying together for ourselves, our families, our church, and our world.
How to Read the Bible w/ Mike Previtera
The Bible is a unique book. It was written over the course of a thousand years to different cultures, in several different parts of the world. It’s a single story with a long complicated story line much like Homer’s Odyssey or Beowulf and like a library contains different genres of writing. So sometimes, unless you have a bit of orientation, the Bible can be really hard to understand. The goal of this series is to help you unlock the Bible, be more comfortable in reading and understanding it, and ultimately, to help you become a regular reader of the bible. In addition to discussion and in-class opportunities to put what we learn into practice, we’ll be using The Bible Project’s video series “How to Read the Bible.”
Understanding Poverty w/ Marianne Chernesky
During this Lab Marianne Chernesky will help us explore a working definition of poverty, the hidden rules of socioeconomic class and key features of generational poverty. We also will be focusing on the importance of relationships in helping to create bridges out of poverty. Marianne was born in Nigeria and raised in Dallas. For the last 9 years she has worked as a physician with Crossroad Health Center in Over-the-Rhine (a nonprofit community health center providing high quality primary health care services to children and adults in Greater Cincinnati).
The Art of Neighboring w/ Brian Ferry
What if when Jesus said, “Love your neighbor” he meant your actual, proximal neighbor? That is, the person who lives catty-corner to your apartment, the guy who works in the cube across from you, the gal who sits in the desk in the next row, the folks who live on your street… We’ll explore the simplicity and the brilliance, as well as the depth and challenge, of those 3 little words of Jesus.