Mayflower Sacred Texts Class

Introduction

An interactive, discussion-based class focused on open engagement with sacred texts of Christianity and other religious groups. The goal of the class is to nurture knowledge of different contemporary and ancient world religions, including our understanding of Christian practices.

The Comparing Sacred Texts class meets every Sunday morning from 10:00am to 10:50am in Room 11 of the Christian Ed wing. Everyone is invited to join us.

Current Study: Process Theology (Sunday August 29, 2010 through Sunday November 14, 2010)

In comparison to traditional Christian theology (God is omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, unchangeable but limits his own power in order to allow for human freedom), the God of Christian Process Theology is powerful through persuasion, may have limits on what God can know, may or may not be eternal, has evolved with and continues to evolve with the universe and shares free will with humans and all other entities in the universe.

The Sacred Texts Class is doing a ten-week study on Process Theology from 10:00 – 10:50am in Room 11 of the Christian Education wing. This study will emphasize the practical importance of Process Theology and the ethics to which it leads. The book “Process Theology: A Basic Introduction” by C. Robert Mesle with a final chapter by John B. Cobb (Mr. Process Theology!) will be the text for the course. Participants are encouraged to purchase and read the book, but this will not be necessary in order to follow the study. Each week there will be a 30-minute lecture with 20-minutes of discussion afterwards. The lecture will assume no one has read the book and no one will be required to read or do anything outside of the class time. PowerPoint slides from the presentation for each class will be placed on the class web site (http://soderstrand.com/SacredTexts) where more information can be found about the class. NOTE: Schedule change -- we will cover the last three chapters on November 14 in order to finish the book. Also, note that we have a room change -- we are now meeting in room 11 (not room 8). Everyone is invited to attend and you do not need to attend all sessions.

Process Theology Class Schedule

The following table gives the class schedule for the Process Theology Lectures by Dr. Michael A. Soderstrand, Deacon at Mayflower Congregational UCC:


Date Number TitleChapters CoveredDownload Powerpoint Lecture
08/29/10
1
A God Worthy of Worship:     Love, Power and WorshipCh 1 (pp. 1-16)Click here to download Lecture 1
09/05/10   NO class due to the Labor Day Weekend    
09/12/10
 
2
 
God's Love and Our Suffering
Love, Power, and Relatedness
Ch 2 (pp. 17-24)
Ch 3 (pp. 25-32)
Click here to download Lecture 2
09/19/10
 
3
 
Freedom, Time and God's Power
The World and God:    Time
Ch 4 (pp. 33-44)
Ch 5 (pp. 45-50)
Click here to download Lecture 3
09/26/10
 
4
 
A World of Experience
How God Acts in the World
Ch 6 (pp. 51-57)
Ch 7 (pp. 58-64)
Click here to download Lecture 4
10/03/10
 
5
 
A Liberating Theology:     How Religion Becomes Oppressive
A Process Theology of Liberation
Ch 8 (pp. 69-74)
Ch 9 (pp. 75-79)
Click here to download Lecture 5
10/10/10
 
6
 
Women's Experience and Process Thought
Revelation, Scripture, and Liberation
Ch 10 (pp. 80-84)
Ch 11 (pp. 85-90)
Click here to download Lecture 6
10/17/10
 
7
 
Committed Relativism: An approach to Ethics and Global Community
Religious Pluralism
Ch 12 (pp. 91-97)
Ch 13 (pp. 98-103)
Click here to download Lecture 7
10/24/10
 
No class due to instructor travel Why Soderstrand is going to Washington, D.C.
10/31/10
 
No class due to instructor travel Rally to Restore Sanity Washington D.C. 10-30-2010
11/07/10
 
8
 
Jesus
Prayer, Liberation, and Healing
Ch 14 (pp. 104-109)
Ch 15 (pp. 110-116)
Click here to download Lecture 8
11/14/10
 
9
 
Miracles
Naturalism and Theism:
Process Naturalism
Process Theism
Ch 16 (pp. 117-122)

Ch 17 (pp. 127-133)
Ch 18 (pp. 134-147)
Click here to download Lecture 9

For further information on the Sacred Texts Class, please contact Michael Soderstrand at 405-334-8329 or soderstrand@ieee.org.


Previous Study

Our previous study was a video course by Bart D. Ehrman entitled: Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication. Each lecture is 30 minutes leaving us 20 minutes for discussion. For those who miss a lecture, the public library carries the DVD with all the lectures or you may download an audio file of all the lectures at http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/CourseDescLong2.aspx?cid=6593 for a one-time fee of $39.

The following table was our schedule for the 24 lectures:


Date Number Title
03/07/10
1.
The Diversity of Early Christianity
03/14/10
2.
Christians Who Would Be Jews
03/21/10
3.
Christians Who Refuse To Be Jews
03/28/10
4.
Early Gnostic Christianity - Our Sources
04/04/10
5.
Early Christian Gnosticism - An Overview
04/11/10
6.
The Gnostic Gospel of Truth
04/18/10
7.
Gnostics Explain Themselves
04/25/10
8.
The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
05/02/10
9.
Thomas' Gnostic Teachings
05/09/10
10.
Infancy Gospels
05/16/10
11.
The Gospel of Peter
05/23/10
12.
The Secret Gospel of Mark
05/30/10
13.
The Acts of John
06/06/10
14.
The Acts of Thomas
06/13/10
15.
The Acts of Paul and Thecla
06/20/10
16.
Forgeries in the Name of Paul
06/27/10
17.
The Epistle of Barnabas
07/04/10
18.
The Apocalypse of Peter
07/11/10
19.
The Rise of Early Christian Orthodoxy
07/18/10
20.
Beginnings of the Canon
07/25/10
21.
Formation of the New Testament Canon
08/01/10
None
Michael Dowed Joint Adult Sunday School
08/08/10
22.
Interpretation of Scripture
08/15/10
23.
Orthodox Corruption of Scripture
08/22/10
24.
Early Christian Creeds

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