Common Ground Online – Spring 2021

Common Ground Online – Spring 2021

Common Ground will return for a Spring Session online via Zoom video conferencing on Wednesday evenings, April 14,  April 28, May 12 and May 26.  All sessions will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

  • April 14 – History of the Bible: The Earliest Manuscripts – Dr. Jeff Kloha, Chief Curatorial Officer of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC and former professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will lead us on a virtual walking tour of the museum’s History of the Bible exhibition. Find out how the books of the Bible were gathered, copied, and translated in the centuries prior to Gutenberg and the invention of printing. Dr. Kloha will also discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest Greek copy of the Psalms, and an early manuscript of the Gospel of John.
  • April 28 – Exploring the Concept of a “COVID-19 Revival” – Though the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet, some places are experiencing what one Christian blogger calls a “COVID-19 Revival” of spiritual curiosity and interest.  In this session, Pastor Hricko will give us a look at whether it’s really happening, why it’s happening, and how it could happen, as we can respond to opportunities it provides to the church in its God-given mission.
  • May 12 – Faith Works:  The Letter of James – Join St. Andrew member Joe Chiaravallotti for a Bible study on the Book of James, which is more a practical guide for Christian living than a theological statement to the early church.  James features the only New Testament reference to the anointing of the sick, and his letter covers topics like poverty and wealth, control of our speech, care for the poor, and the importance of good works, the latter of which made his letter troublesome to Martin Luther, who early on called it an “epistle of straw” before praising it in later writings.
  • May 26 – Bridge Builders – Last year, a group of adults at St. Andrew gathered online around Bible study to discuss racial injustice and Christian response.  Topics included racism in the church as well as in society, and the need for God’s people to be agents of reconciliation.  That study has now become Bridge Builders, an ongoing group gathering bi-weekly for candid conversation rooted in Christian faith, addressing racism and inequity through shared awareness, relationship building, and a commitment to action.  In this session, learn about some of the recent discoveries, ideas and plans for the future of this new and growing ministry, and consider how you might get involved!

Please register NO LATER THAN TUESDAY in order to receive a Zoom invitation to join that Wednesday.  Zoom invitations will be emailed to all registrants on Wednesday morning for that evening’s event. If you signed up but don’t see your invitation, check your “Junk” or “Promotions” folder.  Missed the Zoom link? Contact Debbie Snyder at [email protected].