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Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton

12250 Southwest Denney Road
Beaverton, OR 97008, US (map)

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  • Friday
    Nov 10 2017
    Jesus Seminar on the Road: The Political Jesus
    Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton

    The Political Jesus November 10–11, 2017 Beaverton, Oregon

    Visit https://www.westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/beaverton-2017/ for a full description and links to pre-register

    The Jesus of history resisted the political and social realities of his day. Early Christians followed suit. Neither was necessarily successful in achieving their aims, but what can we really know about their attitudes toward the economy, immigrants, and war? And how did Jesus and the emerging Christ communities express concerns for justice and peace? If they were here today observing us and our world, what would they have to say about American politics?

    The speakers:

    Arthur J. Dewey (Th.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Formerly a regular on PBS’s Saturday Morning Edition (WVXU, 91.7 in Cincinnati), he is the author or editor of many works including Inventing the Passion (2017), Wisdom Notes (2016), The Gospel of Jesus (2d ed., 2014) and The Complete Gospel Parallels (2012). Photo of Celene Lillie

    Celene Lillie (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary) is the Director of the Tanho Center and on the pastoral staff at Boulder First United Methodist Church in Colorado. She is the author of several books, including The Rape of Eve: The Transformation of Roman Ideology in Three Early Christian Retellings of Genesis (2017).

    Program Details

    The Political Jesus Donald Trump won the election of 2016 with the promise to make America great again. Augustus Caesar made the same promise to ancient Romans. He promised to make Rome great again, and the Roman Senate foolishly believed him. Jesus espoused a very different version of greatness for his day and age. Has the time come for Americans to listen closely again to what Jesus had to say? If we did, what might we learn? Friday evening, 7:30–9 pm

    Jesus & the Art of Resistance Jesus’ resistance to Roman Imperial theology was subtle. It was couched in parables and hidden in aphorisms. It included his practice of an open table, of eating together. Though subtle, his resistance did not go unnoticed. While emerging Christian communities might not have known a lot about the historical Jesus, they did know that being part of a Christ community meant resisting Imperial theology. Does America need to re-hear this good news? (Dewey) Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am

    Christ Communities and Resistance Christ communities slowly emerged and came into de nition years after the death of Jesus. Prior to the time of Constantine the Great, these communities continued in various way to resist the oppressive nature of Roman Imperial theology. What were these communities? What do we know about them and how they practiced resistance? What do they have to say to the political situation in America today? (Lillie) Saturday, 11 am – noon

    Christian Resistance Today Except in minor cases, early Christ communities lived under Roman Imperial theology and sought to resist the oppressive nature of life in an empire. Eventually, Christianity itself became an Imperial religion—the religion of an empire. In some ways, Christianity is returning to its former status as a resistance movement within an empire. What important questions can those early communities define for us? (Dewey, Lillie) Saturday, 1:30–2:30 pm

    Discussion (Q&A) Celine Lillie and Arthur Dewey will hold conversation and field questions about the political Jesus and our response today. Saturday, 3–4 pm

  • Tuesday
    Oct 17 2017
    Out of Order Film Screening

    Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they confront entrenched bigotry and work to build loving support within their churches. http://www.outoforderdoc.com/about/#synopsis

    The film is free but donations are encouraged to offset screening costs.

  • Tuesday
    Oct 10 2017
    The Church's Response to the T in LGBT

    This will be a panel discussion with trans individuals sharing their humanity and vulnerability. It will be an invitation to the church to become educated and to take the lead in creating an atmosphere of justice and respect in the church and in society.

    A donation will be encouraged to provide for travel expenses for our panelists and for childcare that will be provided.

  • Sunday
    Aug 27 2017
    Beloved Community Forums - August

    LOCATION CHANGE! Now taking place at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton.

    Former location was Muslim Educational Trust (MET)

    Starting with the premise that the opposite of fear is friendship, and the opposite of "hate crime" is "building the beloved community," join a diverse cross-section of your neighbors on the fourth Sunday of each month to make new friends and deepen your community relationships. Each gathering will welcome a different community leader who will share their vision of "what are we for" here in Oregon, and offer us a chance to discern and discuss what we are for as well. Refreshments will be provided. Brought to you by the Beloved Community of Oregon.

    Our August Forum will welcome Kelly Weigel, Executive Director of the Western States Center, a group dedicated to building the power of community organizations that challenge and transform individuals, organizations, and systems, in order to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice. Kelly Weigel will offer her own vision of the kind of world she is working for, and offer us some guiding questions to do the same.

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