The Peace and Justice Committee of Adult Christian Education seeks to discern ways to be obedient to God’s call to be peacemakers. We believe God wills shalom – justice, wholeness, well-being, fulfillment, health, harmony – for all of God’s very good Creation. Therefore, we provide education for the congregation and advocate possible paths to restore the environment, to end hunger and poverty, promote peace in the Middle East and elsewhere, prevent violence in all its forms and bring to light other concerns that need the healing of the One we name the Prince of Peace.
Join us March 20, 7:00 pm in the Celtic Cross Room for Believing and Belonging in Luke and Acts, A Look at Ethnic Diversity. Presented by Eric D. Barreto
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.
Be sure to check out The Tidings each month for the latest tip from the Peace and Justice / Creation Care Committee. We share valuable tips to help conserve energy, steps to help take care of our planet and other useful information!
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