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4/24. Peace & Justice Forum - Believing and Belonging in Luke and Acts, A Look at Ethnic Diversity

Peace Justice Creation Care

Presented by Eric D. Barreto

April 24, 7:00 pm in the Celtic Cross Room

Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is increasing; however, many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God’s gift of diversity might take root in our lives together.Too often, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the “problems” of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured, not a difficulty to be overcome.

Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. He holds a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16, the co-author of Exploring the Bible, and editor of Reading Theologically. Dr. Barreto is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org.


4/27. Movies with a Message - Life with Father (1947)

Movies with Message April 27, 7 pm in the Celtic Cross Room

Set in 1883 New York City, it stars William Powell as Clarence Day, a stockbroker who tries to make his family run as efficiently as his Wall Street office, and Irene Dunne as his wife Vinnie, who is really in charge. When it is discovered that Clarence has never been baptized, Vinnie insists that he do so to ensure that they will be ruinted in heaven. Join us for this delightful family comedy. As usual, fresh popcorn will be served!


April & May - Adult Education Short Term Classes

Sundays AH-213

Running on Empty? April 15 and 22

In Matthew 11: 28 Jesus makes this invitation: “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” What are the signs of burnout, and how can we find refreshment as we care for our souls? This class will look at how we can respond when our lives are depleted, and running on empty. 

Led by Keith Roberts, AH-213

Where is "Away"? April 29-May 20

Peace and Justice sponsors a four-week series: Where is "Away"? A Theological Discussion of Waste and its Environmental Impacts. We will discuss how our 21st century disposable manner of living and our "out of sight, out of mind" approach to trash and recycling impacts the Earth and those around us.

April 29: What Does "Away" Look Like? Waste as a Window. Waste, like technology, is falsely assumed to be value neutral, and we are encouraged to forget about waste the moment it enters a trash receptacle. Recycling is viewed as the solution, but the commodification of recycling has encouraged increases in production while giving the impression of a closed loop. In this class we will discuss what ‘away’ looks like and how our view of trash impacts our understanding of the natural world.

May 6: Waste and Race. How minorities and the poor are disproportionately impacted through waste 

May 13: Waste and Consumption. What it means to view something as disposable and how we can become more faithful stewards 

May 20: Waste and Place. The impact of suburbia on waste and how to intentionally design places to reduce waste

Led by Greg Jensen, AH-213


Community Protection Program Training

Community Protection Program logoWant to volunteer at VBS or in the church nursery this summer? You must be CPP trained ahead of time! 

Training sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:

Sunday, April 22, 9:45 am in the library
Sunday, May 20, 6-6:30 pm in the library
Sunday, June 10, 8:45 am in room 213

For further information about becoming certified to work with the youngest members of our church community, CLICK HERE or contact Kristen Roland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5/17. Senior Adult Ministry Lunch

owl photoJoin us for our Luncheon Series!
Bucks County Birds, May 17 (Sign up in the office by May 11). Lunch at 12:30 pm. Presentation at 1:10 pm.

Presented by Diane Allison. Join us to learn about birds that can be found in Bucks County in our fields, forests and backyards. Diane Allison will share information and photos of many of our local birds as well as their habitats and things you can do to help them be successful.


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