|'Sundae Theology' held on Tuesdays|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 09:28|
ELMORE - A trip to the local ice cream shop usually results in a cone, a shake or a banana split. This summer, however, it could also result in a conversation about God, what it means to have faith, or the kind of Bible you might choose to read.
One area congregation is offering just such a combination of sweet treats and conversation this summer. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore, is sponsoring a five-part series this summer entitled Sundae Theology. The first gathering is set for June 26, at 7 p.m. I Scream on Your Left, the ice cream shop across from the bike trail in Elmore is the place.
"Sundae Theology is not a new idea," says Rev. David Nevergall, pastor at Grace. "The Roman Catholic Church has been doing it for years under the title Theology on Tap." These conversations are open to everyone, he stressed; membership in a church or even belief in God aren't a requirement for participating. "This is actually the fifth summer we've offered this series," Nevergall said. "We focus on issues that we hope will appeal to folks regardless of where they are on their faith journey."
The topic for the first gathering is Choosing the Right Bible. Discussion will focus on the wide variety of translations and versions of Scripture that are available, and how one might choose the edition that best suits their goals for reading or study. Rev. Nevergall will open the discussion with a brief overview on the topic; then the floor will be open to questions and answers … and hopefully a lively exchange of ideas and experiences. The kitchen will be open for anyone who'd like to accompany that conversation with a bit of food and drink. "We've had a great time with this project over the last four years," said the pastor, "and are looking forward to another good series."
Topics and future dates include: Good Works for God (conversation around the good that we do and why - July 10); A Place for Faith (what does it mean to trust in a post-modern, scientific world - July 24); Heaven (Is it up, out or around … and what does it mean to be there - August 14); and Open Forum: Grill the Pastor (August 28). "There's no set topic for that last session. Just bring your questions and we'll dive right in," Nevergall said.
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