Education

Opportunities to ask questions and discern together are important to our church. Some of the groups that study throughout the year are:  

Living the Question (seasonal) - A study of significant questions regarding progressive Christianity.  The 2019 theme was Exploring White Privilege and used UCC materials and the book, The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

Great Decisions (seasonal) - In the Great Decisions discussion group, we examine eight current foreign policy issues to better understand each situation.  In 2019, we looked at the following issues:


Refugees and Global Migration
The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Decoding U.S. China Trade
Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
State of the State Department and Diplomacy

 

Weekly Bible Study - Led by the pastor, this group focuses on one of the lectionary passages for the upcoming Sunday service.

Book Talk Tea (seasonal) - Each month, members get together to discuss books that have been selected for Reading for Renewal by the Florida United Church of Christ Women.  The theme for 2019/2020 is "Buzzing Along:  'Beeing' All You Can Be in Christ" and focuses on bees, beekeeping, busyness, and building faith relationships.  The Mission Study books will focus on Puerto Rico.

A Reading for Renewal Book List is available in the library.  Contact Sandy James-Nogaj at s_james_nogaj@hotmail.com for further information.

Our Social Justice Ministry recently highlighted several books that focus on different social justice themes and are available through the church library:

Racial Justice:

Black Klansman.  A Memoir by Ron Stallworth

Devil in the Grove.  Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

Just Mercy.  A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Sun Does Shine.  How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin

The Womb Rebellion by P. W. Long

Domestic Violence:

Surviving Domestic Violence.  Voices of Women Who Broke Free by Elaine Weiss,  Ph.D.

Environment:

We Fed an Island.  The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time  by Jose Andres with Richard Wolffe

Human Trafficking:

The Slave Next Door.  Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.  

The Congregational United Church of Christ

1201 Aqui Esta Drive

Punta Gorda, Florida  33950

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