God, the world and us
What was Jesus really like?
Through the centuries Jesus has been described in many different ways. They can’t all be correct.
Jesus scholars have been looking at all the evidence to puzzle out the truth.
This series of talks will describe the latest research.
Sundays at St Brides, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT.
10.0 am, within the context of a church service. All welcome.
4th August: Jesus and the crises of 1st century Galilee
11th August: What Jesus taught
18th August: How Jesus healed
25th August: Why they crucified Jesus
Christian basics from a liberal and progressive perspective
Drawing on liberal and progressive insights from the Christian tradition and the best of modern knowledge. The aim is that participants will be helped to develop an understanding of Christianity which they find both credible and helpful, without being told what to believe.
We are planning eight sessions spread over September, October and November. Because we think there is much need for courses like this, we hope for constructive feedback which will help us develop the course for use by others.
Each session is to last about 30 minutes. It will begin at 11.15 am in the Church Hall at St Michael in the City, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5DB. We aim to include time for participants to reflect on their own questions and experiences; a short video or talk; and a sharing of thoughts. It will then be followed by a service in the church. You will be welcome at any or all of them.
8 September: How do we know? Our questions asked.
15 September: God
22 September: Jesus.
13 October: The Holy Spirit
20 October: Praying
27 October: The Bible
17 November: The Church
24 November: How then should we live?
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- Liberal theology
- Same-sex partnerships
- women bishops
- women priests
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