Religious education is the cradle-to-grave process by which we grow our theology.... The essential thing is not so much how one labels these values (for example, whether one uses the term “God” or not), but that these values be understood and made real in the life of the person. This program is largely built on undertaking these tasks.
—Richard S. Gilbert
Building Your Own Theology invites you to search through your own religious history and spiritual development in order to identify the values and beliefs that form your core faith identity. Through discussion, exercises, homework, and reflection, participants will create spiritual autobiographies, examine the ways we make meaning in our lives, and develop a personal credo statement. We will meet for seven consecutive Wednesday evenings, Oct. 7–Nov. 18 on the following topics:
Oct. 7 — Your Religious Odyssey
Oct. 14 — Varieties of Liberal Religious Experience
Oct. 21 — Human Nature: Some Self-Understanding
Oct. 28 — Ultimate Reality: Creating an Honest God
Nov. 4 — Ethics: The Importance of Being Good for Nothing
Nov. 11 — We Are the Meaning Makers
Nov. 18 — So What?: Imperatives of My Theology
Building Your Own Theology will be led by Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks. Childcare will be provided on request. Limit 15 participants.
When: Wednesdays, Oct. 7–Nov. 18, 7:00–9:00 pm