Join TCL for a Christian Maundy Thursday evening house service, complete with dinner, in partnership with the New Table community! Foot washing and communion are features of this event. Interfaith friends are very welcome to join and observe, participate as desired!
We will round out our spring dialogues with a thoughtful, serious and at times, just plain fun topic about the sacred relationships we carry between animals, creation and ourselves in the context of our faith traditions. The talk may span serious environmental issues all the way to why we love our furry pets so darn much. Bring pics of your fav animal in your life, or let’s face it...while you’re at it, bring your fav animal GIFS, too. ;)
Mon, May 8: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: This spring we have walked through textual interpretation, the awkward vulnerabilities of our faiths, and now we shall waltz into some somber, timely territory. We will gather to reflect on the difficult realities of navigating our faith traditions and our beliefs, experiences and communities - including our interreligious one! - when it comes to learning about/reconciling our own/communicating/supporting/struggling with/advocating/standing for where we land when it comes to gender identity and sexual orientation.
We people of faith are, well, weird. We believe beautiful things that bring our life meaning beyond what words can accurately contain in their goodness. But the stuff we believe is also crazy, and the attempts we make to give our traditions structure and community can get awkward, to say the least. Join us for a night where we celebrate stories where living faithfully just gets plain hilarious.
Example: One of my faith communities once held a worship service in which Easter candles caught the altar on fire. A congregant took his shirt off and scurried to the front of the worship room to put on the fire with said clothing. He emerged with no salvaged top to wear, but a safe sanctuary indeed. Who needs a shirt on Easter anyway?
Tough Text, Inspiring Text, Divine Text:
Most of us have our favorites, and most of us have ones we just don’t quite know what to do with. Did the Bible that tells me to say a sweet, quiet “yes” to Jesus also just say something about dashing babies against rocks? Take a deep breath and join us for a fascinating, vulnerable conversation of insight into our mysterious sacred texts and how we both wrestle and rejoice with them.
What is an idol, and what is so wrong about idolatry? Faith traditions identify the dangers of idolatry - and what even counts as idolatry - very differently. Are images or statues poignant reflections of something else we worship, or are they too limiting to honor deities, or are they inevitably fake gods-in-the-making? Do we trade in God for idols of money, being liked, material goods? Why and how? Certainly not least, there lies the difference between Jesus as a prophet and Jesus as God Incarnate. It is a stark line indeed. Come learn and share about this tricky topic we all face.
Mon, Feb 13: Relationships and Faith. It’s that time of year we may seek to embrace or avoid. It’s a good time to stop and reflect on the many ways our faith traditions ask us to approach romance differently, how that’s changed over time, where the similarities of our fragile hearts lie and how different the paths, rules and objectives have been/can be among our various belief systems. What’s so great or wrong with singleness, dating, marriages, kids?! Bring some extra chocolate with you for this one!
Mon, January 30: What Changes? What Stays the Same? There is a new year, a new president, maybe a new you! What in your faith tradition is built to last, and what is elastic? We will explore our constants versus what is always “being made new” in our faith traditions, along with the structures that set up our religious institutions to support those constants and changes.
Mon, January 16: Civil Rights. What is your faith tradition’s history of wrestling with movements like the Civil Rights Movements? What the good, bad and ugly about your texts, traditions, structures and how that has confused, hurt and hopefully helped civil rights issues (or how we even decide what they are)?