Fall 2020 Adult Spiritual Formation
Led by Dr. Joshua King
How does Christ relate to creation?
Many modern Western Christians have imagined him (after resurrection) above creation, reaching down into our hearts to work a drama of salvation for which "nature" provides a stage (one day to be left for heaven). Yet the biblical witness and much of Christian tradition envision Christ in creation, holding it together, entering its suffering bodily, reconciling all of it—not only humans—to God.
Could such a vision inform how we see ourselves as the body of Christ now? What would it mean for our worship? How could the arts help us reawaken to Christ's presence in creation? How might we join Christ's work of reconciliation in a world in which ecological, racial, and economic injustice are inseparably linked? These are some of the issues we'll consider together this fall.
Learning from Scripture to see Creation in Christ
Our Place in Creation
Christ’s Reconciling Work in Creation
Worshipping with other Creatures in Christ
Creation and Communion
Our Priesthood and Creation Care
Praising with other Creatures
Human Sin, Creation’s Lament, Sabbath Redemption
Joining the Praise of Creatures
Loving Attentively and Practically in Christ
Contemplating Creation with Love in the Risen Christ
Drawing as Contemplation in Practice
Agricultural Resistance in the Civil Rights Movement