It’s a well-known saying that “the two things you should never discuss are religion and politics, because you’re guaranteed to offend somebody.” This class is an attempt to prove that the saying isn’t true. For the six Sundays of Lent (March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14) we will be having a conversation about a wide variety of subjects related to politics or religion or both. The purpose of our time together is to listen and understand the positions of others with dignity and tolerance.
People from all sides of the spectrum on any of the issues are welcome – in fact, they’re strongly urged to attend. Questions will be encouraged in order to understand where the person of a different perspective is coming from, but not to debate or belittle. If you don’t believe you are capable of such restraint, please don’t come. But it will be fascinating to hear and learn, if we’re really willing to listen.
Topics will include, but not be limited to:
- The purpose of government
- The separation of church and state
- The Christian view of, and responsibility to, a secular government
- The first amendment
- The second amendment
- Individual freedoms versus communal responsibilities
- How ethical do we expect our government to be and why
- How do we decide what’s right when church and state collide over ethical issues such as – abortion, homosexuality, welfare, etc.
- When is resistance to the government appropriate and what does that look like
- What constitutes justice in society
This class will consider many of the issues that are important to us in life. Thus, it is meant to promote healthy curiosity, mutual respect, and compassionate communication. I think this is a class you won’t want to miss. Both Jim and Ashley will moderate. Come and have fun with us at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings in the lounge starting March 10 — you’ll be glad that you did.