Video series

As part of PACC’s ongoing Adult Education program, we present a Friday evening Adult Education discussion and video series. Most times, a short video serves as a starting point for a discussion on adult spirituality. Occasionally, the evening may jump right into a discussion without any video for background.

People do not need to have participated previously to take part in any of discussions. The group meets on scheduled Fridays in the Fireplace Room. Occasionally, a particular video will be shown again on a Sunday morning, after worship (usually at about 11:45 AM), in the Chapel. However, there is no set schedule for that.

This autumn’s series concerns our ideas about God.

Everybody has an idea of God — even those who claim they don’t believe — but we seldom talk about our ideas and experiences of God. This video-discussion series presents contemporary Christian and Jewish people of faith — from professional theologians to pastors, to a rabbi, a teacher of disabled children and others — responding, on camera, to a series of questions about God. A brief discussion follows each 20-minute video presentation.

Part 1: What’s Your Experience of God? — Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 @ 7:30 PM
Bible references: Romans 8:38-39; Matthew, chapters. 5, 6, 7

Topics discussed:

  • God unexpected

  • A tin ear for God?

  • Discovering God in Jesus

  • Experiencing God in the Bible

  • Pivotal moments

Part 2: How Do You Talk About God? — Friday, Sept. 28, 2001 @ 7:30PM
Bible references: Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 14:11-24; Romans 8:26-27

Topics discussed:

  • The problem of language

  • What does prayer do?

  • Theology and story

Part 3: Who Are You to God? — Friday, Oct. 12, 2001 @ 7:30PM
Bible references: Genesis 1:26-31; 45:4-8; James 4:15; 1 John 4:4-12

Topics discussed:

  • Are you good enough?

  • Does God need you?

  • Does God have a plan for your life?

Part 4: Where Is God in Your Life? — Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 @ 7:30PM
Bible references: Psalm 139:1-18; Mark 15:33-34; Luke 11:1-13; Romans 8:26-27

Topics discussed:

  • God in suffering

  • A sense of God’s presence

  • Yearning for God

Part 5: What Is God Doing? — Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 @ 7:30 PM.
Bible references: Matt. 11:2-6; 1 Corinthians 12; Colossians 1:18-23; Luke 22:63-23:56

Topics discussed:

  • Does God intervene?

  • What does God want from the church?

  • Are we content?

Part 6: Whose Side Is God On? — Friday, Nov. 30, 2001 @ 7:30PM
Bible references: Exodus 14:15-29; Mark 14:26-15:39;Matt. 19:16-26; 28:57-60

Topics discussed:

  • What about World War II?

  • Does God prefer the poor?

  • Is God gonna even the score?

Part 7: How Can Believers Live Together? — Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 @ 7:30 PM
Bible references: John 10:16; 14:5-11; Ephesians 2:13-18; Matt. 22:36-40; Luke 10:25-37

Topics discussed:

  • Sheep in other folds

  • Putting together community.