Ever feel Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus is a 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. Contributors to this series include Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Robin Meyers join Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, and a host of others as they engage conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today.
These small group discussions will be facilitated by Jim (Hawk) Hawkins. Sessions will be every 3rd Saturday beginning January 20th. Each session will begin at 10:30 am at Pikes Peak MCC (Fellowship Hall). You can email Hawk for more information. A $25 donation is requested to cover printing costs and other materials for the class. This group is open to the public.
Session 1: Introduction—Jesus Through the Ages
Session 2: Who was Jesus?
Session 3: What can We Know About Jesus (and How)?
Session 4: The World Into Which Jesus Was Born
Session 5: Jesus’ Birth—Incarnation
Session 6: Teachings of Jesus—Wisdom Tradition
Session 7: Jesus’ Program—The Kingdom of God
Session 8: Jesus’ Life—Model for Discipleship
Session 9: Killing Jesus, Part One—Who Killed Jesus?
Session 10: Killing Jesus, Part Two—The Atonement
Session 11: The Resurrection of Christ
Session 12: Why Jesus Is Worth Saving
Watch a clip from one of the sessions:
Join us at Pikes Peak MCC in 2018 for First Friday Movie Nights.
Once a quarter, we will host a viewing of a movie or documentary.
Join us for the viewing and discussion afterward.
Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.
Email Pastor Alycia for more information.
First Friday Movie Nights in 2018:
January 5, April 6, August 3, and November 2
“Call Me Troy” Film Screening
Friday, January 5 at 7 pm
Profiling the life and times of one of the LGBTQ community’s most visible and tenacious advocates for change, Reverend Troy Perry, Call Me Troy (2007) is a truly inspirational story about a remarkable and dynamic individual whose activism was decades ahead of its time. Rev. Perry is perhaps best known as the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church—the first church to recognize the spiritual needs of the gay community—but his “firsts” don’t stop there. He was the first openly gay person to serve on the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. In 1969, Perry performed the first public same-sex wedding in the U.S., and in 1970 he filed the first-ever lawsuit seeking legal recognition for same-gender marriages. From presidential advisor to outspoken advocate, Perry has been on the front lines leading the charge for equal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community the world over as well as providing a place for all people to worship side by side. This film celebrates his life and his legacy.
Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church
1102 S. 21st St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Practice MORE Compassion in 2018
In a time of great division and fear of the “other ,” Pastor Alycia invites you to join in a journey to deepen compassion in our lives. Spend 2018 digging deep and developing new capacity for compassion for yourself, your loved ones, your community, and the world by reading and discussing Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” The Twelve Steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and end with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.
This book study and practice group will meet one Saturday a month at 10:30 am at Pikes Peak MCC.
Purchase the book in advance and read the chapter before each meeting.
$20 per person for the full series of meetings.
For more information, please email Pastor Alycia.
Register online here.
Meetings in 2018 – Saturdays at 10:30 am at Pikes Peak MCC:
January 13 – The First Step: Learn About Compassion
February 10 – The Second Step: Look at Your Own World
March 10 – The Third Step: Compassion for Yourself
April 14 – The Fourth Step: Empathy
May 5 – The Fifth Step: Mindfulness
June 9 – The Sixth Step: Action
July 14 – The Seventh Step: How Little We Know
August 11 – The Eighth Step: How Should We Speak to One Another?
September 8 – The Ninth Step: Concern for Everybody
October 13 – The Tenth Step: Knowledge
November 10 – The Eleventh Step: Recognition
December 8 – The Twelfth Step: Love Your Enemies
Buy the book on Amazon.com
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Watch Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize speech: