A Weekend with the Very Rev. Tracey Lind
Saturday, February 17 – Sunday, February 18

For more information, visit gablesucc.org/tracey-lind.

Eden Seminary Classes at Gables UCC

Attend Eden Seminary in St. Louis without leaving Coral Gables! Gables UCC has partnered with Eden Theological Seminary to bring seminary courses directly to our church members. Students will gather at the church and attend class through WebEx technology. Join us for these two exciting courses. 

IFL212 – A Prayer Toolkit (Fridays, March 2 & 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.) A major goal of the course is to develop an understanding of prayer as a way of being rather than something to do. Understanding your relationship with God through prayer builds your capacity to minister to the larger community. 

IFL224 – Stonewall to Today (February 23 & March 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break). Inclusion of the LGBTQ community in the life of the church didn’t stop with marriage equality. This class will include a brief overview of significant events in the modern gay rights movement, then dig deeper on current LGBTQ topics likely to come up in a congregation, from outdated labels to modern bathroom crusades. The cost to take either of these courses for credit is $585.00. The cost to audit is $292.50. To register contact: Michelle Wobbe, Registrar and Director of Assessment 314.918.2599 or mwobbe@eden.edu. 

Sunday Morning Adult Study
Each Sunday Morning 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge
Childcare is always provided in Room 3. 

Stating Our Faith: The UCC’s Statement of Faith in a Diverse World Sundays, February 4 – 25 Facilitated by Pastor Aaron The UCC prides itself on being a non-creedal denomination, but that sure doesn’t mean we don’t say what we believe! Dive in to our denominational history and theological foundation in a class that will dissect, discuss, deconstruct, and delight in our UCC Statement of Faith.

Each Sunday of February, Pastor Aaron will lead the class through a different piece of the Statement, with readings, art, and music to help us discern the meaning of each section. And by the end, we will possess a deeper, more faithful understanding of our shared faith.

Sunday, February 4 God: Creator, Savior, Judge Sunday, February 11 Christ: Who is Jesus and what did he do? Sunday, February 18 The Holy Spirit and the Church: A Covenant of Discipleship Sunday, February 25 The World: Sin, Salvation, Justice, and What’s to Come… 

Book Study: Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision By John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Crossan Sundays, March 4 and March 11 Facilitated by Pastor Megan Traveling the world, the Crossans noticed a surprising difference in how the Eastern Church considers Jesus’ resurrection—an event not described in the Bible. At Saint Barbara’s Church in Cairo, they found a painting in which the risen Jesus grasps the hands of other figures around him. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb that they viewed across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Crossans saw images of the resurrection depicting a Jesus grasping the hands of figures around him, or lifting Adam and Eve to heaven from Hades or hell, or carrying the old and sick to the afterlife. They discovered that the standard image for the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, something unique from the solitary depiction of the resurrection in Western Christianity.

Fifteen years in the making, Resurrecting Easter reflects on this divide in how the Western and Eastern churches depict the resurrection and its implications. The Crossans argue that the West has gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting that once-common communal iconography in favor of an individualistic vision. As they examine the ubiquitous Eastern imagery of Jesus freeing Eve from Hades while ascending to heaven, the Crossans suggest that this iconography raises profound questions about Christian morality and forgiveness.

A fundamentally different way of understand the story of Jesus’ rebirth illustrated with 130 images, Resurrecting Easter introduces an inclusive, traditional community-based ideal that offers renewed hope and possibilities for our fractured modern society.

Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis Sundays, April 8- May 6 Facilitated by Pastor Megan 

Join Pastor Megan for this DVD Study of Fr. Richard Rohr’s insights into the teachings of St. Francis. Rohr introduces us to an orthodoxy lost to much of contemporary Christianity, an orthodoxy rooted in Franciscan theology and practice, an orthodoxy biblically grounded, personally challenging and ultimately liberating. Each Sunday we will reflect upon one of the following topics:

Sunday, April 8 Atonement Theory Sunday, April 15 Eco-Spirituality Sunday, April 22 The Christ who Existed before Christianity Sunday, April 29 Orthopraxy vs. Verbal Orthodoxy (Living Like Jesus) Sunday, May 6 Mysticism over Moralism 

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism. He is a Franciscan priest and the author of numerous books.

Lunch and The Bible
Tuesdays, February 20, March 20, and April 17 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge 

Join one of our pastors for lunch, fellowship and a discussion on one of their favorite Bible passages. Sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages will be served. Free will donations accepted. Please RSVP to Pastor Megan at 305. 448-7421 ext. 119 or by email at MeganS@gablesucc.org.

Sophiology Course Wednesdays through February 28 (No Class on Ash Wednesday, February 14) 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge 

There is a great hunger to recover the feminine aspect of the Divinity. In this challenging time of “me too,” join Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis, Ph.d., a Biblical Scholar and Greek Orthodox Priest, as we study and celebrate Sophia-the Wisdom of God. The course will give us the opportunity to study this fascinating and ‘esoteric’ window into the progressive and even proto-feminist thought of pre-revolutionary Russia. We are pleased and honored to welcome back Dr. Bouboutsis to Gables UCC.

A Weekend with Rev. Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor
Genders in the World of the Bible
Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18

Gables UCC is honored to welcome back Rev. Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor, a gifted speaker and very knowledgeable teacher. During her visit she will lead us through a series of lectures on the topic of Genders in the World of the Bible. Rev. Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Dr. Koepf Taylor researches the ways in which the family structures of the biblical world shape biblical family structures with particular attention to race, gender, and age. Her book, Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature focuses on the contrast between ancient and modern constructions of childhood and how recognizing these differences can strengthen biblical interpretation. Dr. Koepf Taylor and her spouse Julie have two young children.

Friday, March 16: Biblical Bodies: What’s a Eunuch? 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel $20.00 per person at the door
Did you know that the Bible assumes more than two genders? This evening’s lecture will examine the complex ways in which the Bible categorizes bodies, what this meant in the world that produced the Bible, and how such knowledge can intersect with our own expanding understanding of gender.

Saturday, March 17: Pre-lecture St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard
Join us before the lecture for some live Celtic music, green beer, and appetizers.

Working it Out: Gendered Division of Labor 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel $20.00 per person at the door
It can be easy to assume that the “traditional” gendered division of labor is universal across cultures, but the Bible presents a far more nuanced picture. From agriculture and childbirth to religious and political leadership we will explore the cultural expectations of the ancient world and the ways in which God interrupts that order within the biblical text.

Sunday, March 18: Beyond Binaries: Gendering God 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge Free
When using expansive language for God, we sometimes run up against the question, “but what does the Bible say?” This morning’s adult education time will go deeply into this question including the use of metaphor, the difficulty of translation, and how the complexity of gender in the Bible can feed our understanding of the divine.

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