Lunch and Learn
(September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17)
Lunch and Learn is our weekly discussion group that meets in the Chapel Lounge, down the hall from the church offices. We meet each Thursday during the school year, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Our topic for the Thursdays of September, starting September 12, and the first three Thursdays in October will be “Christian Witness and Nationalism.”
We are seeing a rise of nationalistic sentiments all around the world. Pride and concern over one’s homeland can be a good thing. But when does it become too extreme and even dangerous? When does it spill over into destructive and violent fear and hatred for the “other” beyond and even within our borders? We will look at the Bible’s record of struggles with these very issues. Perhaps even more instructive will be a review of the struggles of theologians such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church who took a stand against the nationalism of the Nazis. Finally, we will ask how the church should regain its voice in speaking truth to power in our nation, at a time when polls have shown a sharp deterioration in public trust in clergy.