Adult Study and Discussion

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Suggested resources from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Minister-Faith Formation for Discipleship:

THE END OF ABSENCE:  reclaiming what we’ve lost in a world of constant connection: by Michael Harris, Toronto, HarperCollins, 2014. Creating the cultural context of a world increasingly reliant upon personal technology. What do we lose and what do we gain? As a popular, secular book this may be a valuable read for those engaged in leadership in the church and seeking to understand a younger generation’s technological realities, as well as our own new boundary challenges in the contexts of new technology. How can we maintain healthy personal and professional boundaries while utilizing the technology upon which we are increasingly dependent.

The future of faith -(print) by Harvey Cox,  New York HarperCollins, 2009: A historical and theological reflection on faith, belief, spirituality and church that encourages a generosity toward ourselves and others in the changing post-modern, post-Christendom context.

FAITH – A nominated short film for the Pan Pacific Film Festival 2011:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvFC5K72I1o&feature=related

Why do we say that we belong to the ‘holy catholic church’ if we are not catholic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KenIYdUDSk&lr=1  (sparkhouse)

Can I be a Christian without going to church? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmAZ0c8wYQ&feature=relmfu (sparkhouse)

TED: ideas worth  spreading -free talks by remarkable people: http://www.ted.com. For example:  Louie Schwartzberg: Nature.  Beauty. Gratitude, Jeremy  Gilley: One day of peace,Brene  Brown: The  power of vulnerability

End of Life Issues: Dying Well: from  the Biotechnology Reference Group the Canadian Council of Churches – http://www.councilofchurches.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/End_of_Life_Issues-Dying_Well.pdf

(Un)Hurt: The Healing  Power of Forgiveness – Rev. David Snapper: 58 minute free webinar: http://network.crcna.org/lets-talk-about/unhurt-healing-power-forgiveness  – resource for learning how to forgive.

This Magazine: http://this.org  “… This Magazine is one of Canada’s  longest-publishing alternative journals. … This Magazine focuses on Canadian politics, pop culture and the arts, but  in keeping with its radical roots never pulls punches…”

The Butterfly Circus by Joshua Weigel with Nick Vujicic (22 min): A story of meaning, purpose and hope. http://thebutterflycircus.com/short-film

Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child (18 minutes:) The former child soldier in the Sudan, aid worker and hip-hop musician tells his story. (TED) http://www.ted.com/talks/emmanuel_jal_the_music_of_a_war_child.html

A Thousand Questions (10 min) Musical Asks the big questions of life, suffering and call. Produced by Dave Schwarz, Greg & Corinne Ferguson, Starring Sharon Irving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNBmNl88Pk

Karen Thompson Walke: What Fear can teach us: (11 minutes) This fiction writer explores ‘fear as story’ and  illuminates our choice. (TED) (the last few sentences seem to be missing but the transcript of the talk is include below.) http://www.ted.com/talks/karen_thompson_walker_what_fear_can_teach_us.html

The Stray Path—The Professional Integrity Task Force: A story of choices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DVuNzFkgfDo#!

Candy Chang: Before I die I want to… (6 min): Through a neighbourhood project Candy reflects on life/death & remembers and reminds of the priorities in life. (TED) http://www.ted.com/talks/candy_chang_before_i_die_i_want_to.html

Lecrae -American Christian hip hop artist, ministry leader, entrepreneur, record producer, actor. co-founder and president of ReachLife Ministries, Shares His Story of Faith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5uNkFr2AWQ  and in music: TELL THE WORLD Feat. Mali Music (@lecrae @reachrecords) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc8x33lAnAk

I’m not Les: A Transgender Story by Daniel Kopec: http://kcts9.org/im-not-les. KCTS9 VMA (26 minutes)

Sheryl WuDunn -Our Century’s Greatest injustice (author of Half the Sky) (18 min) “… more women discriminated to death than all the people killed in all the battle-fields in the 20th century.” http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_wudunn_our_century_s_greatest_injustice.html

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! (19 minutes) An aid worker re-thinks aid strategies and community transformation. These concepts are translatable to church context. http://www.ted.com/talks/ernesto_sirolli_want_to_help_someone_shut_up_and_listen.html

Animate Faith: http://animate.wearesparkhouse.org/ – adult small group resource from sparkhouse.  Seven sessions diverse Christian leaders on central Christian topics to stimulate discussion and reflection and build community.  Resources includes a seven session dvd, personal journal and facilitators guide.