July 23, 2017

TED (Tuesday Evening Dialogue)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | potluck dinner & discussion | childcare provided until 8:30pm

Great fellowship. Yummy food. Lively conversation. Typically an interesting and provocative book is studied and discussed. Join us! [Click on the titles to view the expanded posts.]


 

 

Jesus as a Teacher of Wisdom

lostwayCaptureRecovery of a lost ancient Christian tradition centered on Jesus as a teacher of wisdom: TED Begins New Book Study May 12

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

In May Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) will begin reading Steve Patterson’s The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins. Steve, a former Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, is familiar to many at Parkway as a popular Sunday morning Adult Education teacher. This book introduces readers to Jesus as wisdom teacher, as portrayed in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas and the lost Gospel known as “Q.” Together these two gospels “illuminate a lost chapter in the story of Christian origins, one in which Jesus and other prophets of wisdom advocated something they called ‘the Way.’” This tradition precedes the Pauline tradition—the dominant portrayal—of “Jesus as deity and martyr, emphasizing his death and resurrection.”

 

We’ll cover chapters 1-2 on May 12. We expect to complete the book by the end of June. Books are available in the church office for $19. Sometimes we share books.

 

All are welcome. Food is plentiful and varied. Discussion is lively. And caring is guaranteed. For more info, contact Dottie Dwyer at dkdwyer@charter.net or at 314-821-607.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Discusses Religious Pluralism beginning March 24

TED-PatelTuesday Evening Dialogue Discusses Religious Pluralism beginning March 24

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Fellowship

Join us for a discussion of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.

Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement. 

Patel, a former Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford, is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values. Patel argues that such work is essential, manifesting the faith line that will define the 21st century. Patel’s own story is more powerful than the exhaustive examples he provides of how mainstream faith failed to reach young people like Osama bin Laden and Yighal Amir, the assassin of Yitzhak Rabin. 

With honesty, Patel relates how he suffered the racist taunts of fellow youth, and, in response, alternately rebelled against and absorbed the religion of his parents—Islam—but in his own way. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue interfaith work with vigor, not quite knowing his end goal but always feeling in his gut that interfaith understanding was the key. This autobiography of a young activist captures how an angry youth can be transformed—by faith, by the community and, most of all, by himself—into a profound leader for the cause of peace. 

 

Eboo Patel is widely recognized for his core belief that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He is a frequent contributor to “ The Christian Century”  and “ Sojourners”  publications and he has shared his vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground.