The covid-19 crisis has transformed so much of what we think of as church: how we gather, how we worship, how we fundraise, how we do justice and love mercy. As our congregations and society at large reemerge from lockdown restrictions, how do we not simply return to “the way things were,” but forge a new path that fuses the best of the before-time with the advantages of a virtual campus? How do we grieve the catastrophic loss of life and security? How do we confront the rank injustices that covid has revealed and exacerbated?
Our associate minister Rev. Tom Emanuel will lead Re-Emergence: The Church Beyond Covid, a three-week class exploring these pressing questions. Each interactive 90-minute session stands alone, so come to one or all three! Let us imagine together how the Church more broadly, and FCCLB specifically, can learn the lessons of the pandemic well and move into a future with hope.
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Meeting ID: 937 6162 4385
Call in: 669-900-6833
- In It But Not of It: Finding God (or the Devil) Online
The Internet can be a powerful tool to connect us across distance, as many of us have learned this year. It can also be a hellscape of vitriolic cruelty and electronic surveillance, as many of us have also learned. Drawing on scripture, social theory, and the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, this session invites us to consider the possibilities—and dangers—of the Internet for creating deep, open-hearted community beyond covid.
- Where Is Our God Now? Keeping Faith in Pandemic Times
More than 550,000 people have died of covid-19 in the United States alone. How can a God of Love allow such suffering? How can we confront the reality of such suffering without losing our faith? This session will hold space for grief even as we explore ways that our fellow-Christians have confronted suffering, especially the suffering of pandemics and plagues, throughout history.
- What Can’t Be Unseen: Seeking Justice beyond the Covid Apocalypse
Many commentators have used the word “apocalyptic” to describe covid’s catastrophic impact on our society, as it has revealed and deepened the long-brewing crises or economic inequality and white supremacy. In this session, we’ll bring biblical understandings of apocalypse and God’s preferential option for the poor to bear as we imagine a post-covid church that confronts social injustice rather than reverting to “business as usual.”
This course is free and open to the public.