Interrupting Silence: Sunday Mornings
Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, in his book Interrupting Silence, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice. For our fall series, we’ll look at instances where silence is harmful, deadly even, and examine our calling as followers of Jesus to speak up---to break the silence.
Worship 11:00 a.m.
In what ways does our worship contribute to maintaining silence about unjust systems? We'll take a hard look at ourselves, our life together, and offer space for personal and communal confessions as we commit to worshiping the God of love, following Jesus the peacemaker, and listening to where Holy Spirit might be calling us.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday School classes will follow along according to their own flow with the book, Interrupting Silence. Join one of our four adult classes that begin at 9:45 a.m., to learn with one another and discuss what it means to interrupt the silence of complicity. We'll have a joint Sunday School on Sunday, October 28 to share insights and challenges.
Interrupting Silence: Weekday Programs
Tuesday Morning Bible Study at RBC: The Book of Esther
10:30 a.m. at RBC, on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays in September & October
In the book of Esther, God is not mentioned by name. What silence did Esther or God break or perpetuate? We'll study Esther for five weeks when our Bible Study meets at RBC. On the last Tuesday in October, we'll gather in character as interpreters through the centuries and learn more about interpretation, biblical criticism, and our own cultural biases. (Our Tuesday Bible Study at Greenspring Village, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, will continue to study the assigned Sunday texts, which will include those used by Brueggemann as the basis for his book chapters.
Thursday Morning Breakfast Club at RBC: 9:00 a.m., September 6 and October 4
Come enjoy a breakfast feast, then stay for a time of sharing, reflection and discussion, as we consider some of these questions related to the theme of Interrupting Silence:
- Was there a time when you, or someone you knew, interrupted the silence by speaking out or taking action? What were the results and consequences?
- Can you recall a time that RBC, or another church, interrupted the silence in a way you admired? What happened?
- Think about our congregation, our community, and our nation. Where do you see individuals or groups speaking or acting, to interrupt the silences of complicity and oppression? OR
- Where SHOULD we be breaking the silence, if it isn't happening?
We will have one or two people who will get the conversation started, and then a time of questions, discussion, and reflection.
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