Curated by June Tamburro
Online Discussion Groups:
Faith, Race and Me
Racism and oppression have a long and painful past and present, they are an open, aching human wound that reflects a fracture in our relationship with God and one another. In this 4 week film based study, we’ll hear from leading faith voices who will help us engage in personal transforming conversations grounded in love. No weekly reading required. If interested, please contact Rev. June Tamburro at email@example.com
Dates: Tuesdays, 8-9 pm Eastern, 9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 9/29
When God Seems Absent: A Study of the book of Esther
The book of Esther has the distinction of being the only book in the Bible that makes no explicit mention of God or religion. Nonetheless, Esther is a powerful witness to God’s presence and deliverance in the midst of suffering and oppression. Esther is a book of hope and determination that transcends time and place. Approximately 30 minutes of weekly reading. If interested, please contact Rev. June Tamburro at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: Thursdays, 8-9 pm Eastern, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1
- Center for Action and Contemplation https://cac.org/online-ed/
Founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) provides online spiritual resources “to empower individuals to live out their sacred soul tasks in service to the world.” CAC offers self-paced online courses to connect seekers from around the world.
- The Work of the People https://www.theworkofthepeople.com/ecourses
The Work of the People (TWOTP) offers 4-6 week e-courses and online discussion groups can be a place to meet for people looking to expand and enrich their faith. Each course will include assignments to watch films, include questions that lead to in-depth self-inquiry and group discussions throughout the duration of the course, all facilitated by a mentor and friend of TWOTP. TWOTP is a subscription based streaming service; multiple plans are available.
- Union Presbyterian Seminary: Pathways to Learning and Leadership Online Courses https://bit.ly/2XqZ0uJ
Pathways to Learning and Leadership is an online program of nine courses offered over a two-year period to provide educational preparation toward leading a congregation as a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE). Courses are open to all, one does not need to be pursuing to become a CRE in order to participate. Each 5 week course aims to enhance knowledge and discipleship. Dates: September 2019-May 2020, including Bible survey courses that are self-paced to complete on your own your own timeline.
- The Work of The People Film Series, https://www.theworkofthepeople.com/film_series
The Work of The People (TWOTP) offers 4-6 session film series ideal for small groups, which also include an accompanying discussion/prayer practice guide. TWOTP is a subscription based streaming service; multiple plans are available.
- Progressive Christianity https://progressivechristianity.org
ProgressiveChristianity.org provides guiding ideas, networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches, organizations, small groups, and individuals that long to craft a spiritual life connected to the way of Jesus. Join the Progressive Christianity community on Facebook ProgressiveChristianity.org.
- Darkwood Brew https://darkwoodbrew.org
Darkwood Brew offers the world’s largest collection of Christian, progressive friendly small group video resources produced by a single source. The sessions can be purchased on DVD or in streaming format and are designed to be used in either small groups or more traditional Sunday morning 1-hour formats.
- Yale Divinity School Bible Studies https://divinity.yale.edu/ybs
The Yale Divinity Bible Study Project is undergoing a major update. In the meantime, you can still view many of their Bible Study videos on https://bit.ly/2Fy4Dx0. Previous courses are available from the Congregational Church of New Canaan at https://www.godsacre.org/adult/yale-bible-study/
- Here is a free Bible App for iOS or Android users. It is a Progressive Christian community that contains blogs, devotionals, chat rooms and podcasts. https://www.ourbibleapp.com