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HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES on SEXUALITY AND CHRISTIANITY
Why is sexuality such a contentious issue for the Church? Has it always been this way? Many Christian texts discuss sex, passion, and physical existence, but not in the ways that you might expect. However familiar the past might seem, the issues, concerns, and thought-worlds of people from the past are often very different from our own. Come read and discuss primary texts from the first twelve centuries after Christ to get a taste of past debates, better understand themes in Christian history, and reflect on how past perspectives can inform and challenge our own.
Leaders: Rebecca Anderson, David Mihalyfy
When: Sunday afternoons, 1 – 2:30 p.m., April 25th – June 13th
Where: Holy Covenant gallery
WOMEN’S GROUP - 2nd & 4th Sundays
The Holy Covenant Women’s Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at Pompei (Wellington and Sheffield). It is a drop-in group – no sign up or commitment is required. The purpose of the group is to provide a fun, casual place for the diverse women of the church to meet, share our stories, and support each other. It is a great choice for women who would like to feel more connected within the church, especially newcomers to Holy Covenant. The Women’s Group runs year round and can be attended in conjunction with or in between other groups.
Leaders: Linda Effinger Quinde
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, 5:00 – 6:45, on-going
Where: Pompei at Wellington and Sheffield, right at the Wellington Brown Line stop
Calling all bike riders, or those who just wanna go for a spin…Announcing the Sunday afternoon group bike ride! Each week, starting May 30th, we’ll meet at Holy Covenant at 12:30, and head out for a 5-10 mile ride (with a lunch destination), and finish back at HC. The course will be announced each week; we will also learn about minor bike maintenance, riding in a group, bike commuting, and Chicago neighborhoods. Chicago is best explored by bike so bring your helmet, water bottles, and sense of adventure!
Leader: Chris Shickles
When: Sundays, leaving after the 11:15 service, beginning May 30th
Where: Start at church and end up…(well, back at church)
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW…WHAT DOES THE BIBLE REALLY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY?
There are several biblical passages often referenced by those who believe that homosexuality is a sin and “incompatible with Christian teaching”. In this small group, we will look at the historical and cultural context of those passages. The group will explore the application of those scriptures to our lives in the 21st Century.
Both Straight and GLBTQ folks are encouraged to join in a frank and honest dialogue. It will be an opportunity to share with others in our faith community, how the varying interpretations of these scriptures have impacted our spiritual communities, our society, and our lives. We will use several extra-biblical references, to aid in the study, including a movie screening.
Leader: Cory Fransway
When: Monday 7p-9p, May 17th – June 28th
Where: Andrew Schorr’s place, at 2041 N Magnolia St. Unit B
INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP
This is a group for women who want to not only dig deeper into Scripture, but deeper into community. This will not be a drop-in group and a commitment to participate for the summer is required. We are going to spend some time each week sharing a meal, reading Scripture (starting with the book of Philippians) and doing life together. We are going to share our stories and commit to being honest with each other about our walks with God. Together, we are going to discover what living intimately with Jesus through community and on an individual level looks like. This group is not for the faint of heart! We are going to really push ourselves to discover more and more of Jesus.
Leader: Katie Kuehn
When: Monday 7-9pm, starting May 31st, continuing through the summer
Where: Katie’s apartment, Lawrence and Campbell, right off the Western stop on the Brown Line
Sunday’s Scripture is a group that meets with the pastor to discuss the text that provides the center of our Sunday worship. Are you interested in engaging scripture outside of weekly worship? Asking questions of the text? Hearing the insights of others? Going deeper into the word of God? Then this is the group for you! Each week, we will study, explore, and imagine with the Scripture lesson for the Sunday a week and a half away. Your contributions will help shape the sermon and worship services. We will ask ourselves: What’s the history and context of this text? How do we relate to the characters in the story? How does this speak to our lives today? Where is God’s voice for us, here and now? Join us as we grow closer to God and one another through the biblical passages that shape our lives as a community.
Facilitator: Kate Floyd
When: Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
Where: Holy Covenant Gallery
Duration: On-going throughout the year. You are welcome to drop in.
Join other singers in preparing music for Sunday’s services – whether you’re an old hand at choral singing, or have mostly sung in the shower. Bring your own dinner and share a time of fellowship and practice, all with an eye and heart towards worship. You can check it out any Thursday; commit for a month, a season, or the year. Get in on the music-making before the summer recess!
Leader: Andrew Collins
When: Thursdays, dinner and chatting at 7; practice 7:30 – 9, on-going
Where: Holy Covenant Gallery