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‘Thoughtful Christian’ to be offered year-round

“I’m so happy with the Thoughtful Christian program,” said Jerry Dant, education chairperson at Philippi Christian Church. “We’ve had an average of 15 people every week all summer long.”

“For this reason, Philippi’s education committee has decided to offer the Thoughtful Christian adult program year-round.

The Thoughtful Christian is a web-based curriculum that offers up-to-date, topical resources for church discussion groups. Each topic is covered in one to four sessions of only 45 minutes each. Those who get involved are emailed the discussion material in advance of each gathering for review, but no preparation is really necessary.

“We have all kinds of Christians participating in the program,” said Fred Dant, Jerry’s husband, “and lots of different points of view!”

Each session is offered twice, once for Philippi attendees Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., then again for the whole community on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

The program begins August 31 (repeating September 3) with a one-session discussion on “Tibet and the Olympics.” Should the international event be an opportunity to examine Tibet’s desire for independence and China’s human rights record?

A two-session curriculum by internationally-renowned scholar Martin Marty, “The History of Religion and Politics in America,” which looks at some of the key events that have shaped that relationship follows on September 7, 10, 14 and 17.

On September 21 and 24, there follows a study of “Books that Didn’t Make the Bible and Why.”

Finally, Deltaville’s newly-forming ecumenical Village Youth Group will join our Thoughtful Christians for a movie night on September 25 at 7 p.m., complete with popcorn and sodas, for the film version of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” C.S. Lewis’ famous Christian fable. Discussions will follow on September 28 and October 1.

To become involved, call 776-6230, or email Pastor Mike Cook at mikecook2158@verizon dot net.

posted 08.29.2008

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