SATURDAY STUDIES SERIES at St. Mary Parish with Fr. Dan Krettek
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, or books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them. The point is: to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~Rainer Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet
Beginning Saturday morning, September 13th, St. Mary parish in Elkhart will host Saturday Studies Sessions:Saving Jesus: A Conversation Around the Relevance of Jesus for Today, facilitated by Fr. Dan Krettek.
Each week participants will view and discuss videos designed to provide new insights into and understandings of our Christian faith. The videos are produced by the Living the Questions organization, whose purpose is to provide resource for the discussion of what is already believed and practiced by many people of traditional Christian faith, within institutional religion, who have questions beyond what our faith and religious tradition are able to easily answer for us. It seeks to serve as a catalyst for new and different ways of experiencing and expressing the deeper truths of our long-standing Christian faith and tradition.
The issues and concepts discussed in the program may challenge some people’s understanding of God, the Church, and our life of faith. For some it may be entirely new information; for others it may be an affirmation of what you have known deep down for a long time, but have never heard or said “out loud.”
The theme of each session is an area of thought designed to provide new insights into and understandings of our Christian faith, as a starting point for conversation and discussion. The video segments and discussions are intended to expose us to ideas and concepts that either don’t have “black and white” answers or are in a transitional stage, possibly pointing toward something new. Participants who hope to leave each session with clear and concise answers may be disappointed. The purpose of our time together will be to raise questions and “stir the pot,” not provide “final answers.”
The producers of the series are not professional scholars, but local church pastors from many different Christian traditions, responding to needs in their congregations. The major themes are presented as a “survey” of thoughts and ideas being discussed in formal and informal theological circles, with “theology” understood traditionally as “faith seeking understanding.”
Living the Questions does not intend to offer a “systematic theology,” but simply an overview related to day-to-day conversations and questions raised by sincere seekers and people of faith. It is a tool to help open conversation, give progressively-minded Christians an opportunity to meet and share with one another and, perhaps most importantly, give them the assurance that they are not alone in their beliefs.
The first video series we will watch and discuss is titled: Saving Jesus: A Conversation Around the Relevance of Jesus for Today. The twelve topics covered in this series are 1. Intro: Jesus Through the Ages (9/13); 2. Who Was Jesus? (9/20); 3. What Can We Know About Jesus (and How)? (9/27); 4. The World into Which Jesus Was Born (10/4); 5. Jesus Birth: Incarnation (10/11); 6. Teachings of Jesus: Wisdom Tradition (10/18); 7. Jesus’ Program: The Kingdom of God (10/25);8. Jesus’ Ministry of Compassion (11/1); 9. Who Killed Jesus? (11/8); 10. The Atonement (11/15); 11. The Resurrection of Christ (11/22); 12. Why Jesus is Worth Saving (11/29).
Each session will be one hour long, beginning at 9:15AM, with 30 minutes to view the week’s video, and 30 minutes for discussion. I will provide discussion and reflection materials prior to each week’s sessions, which will be held either in the St. Mary’s Social Hall, or Education Center, @ 460 NW Washington Ave., Elkhart, depending on what else might be scheduled at the Parish.
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Fr. Dan Krettek – 515-423-2888; firstname.lastname@example.org