Our staff and Adult Education team are working hard to confirm speakers, so please check back regularly for schedule updates.
June 18 - D. Newell Williams, PhD
Sunday School Topic Summary: In 2007 the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) adopted a slogan: “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.” What does this mean? Where are our roots as a denomination? How and why have we come to adopt such an identity? These questions will be addressed in a session titled, “The Disciples of Christ in One Sentence.”
Preaching Title: “A Post-Resurrection Message for Fathers and Others Who Might Be Listening” Matthew 10:1-8
June 25 - Nancy Pittman, PhD
Sunday School Topic Summary: Oh, Those Praying Women!
Much of the feminine imagery in the New Testament and in the earliest centuries of Christian art emphasizes the effectiveness of women’s prayers in the communities that were growing around the confession of Jesus as Christ. We will explore some of those images, from the women in the Corinthian community that Paul led to the persecuted woman in Revelation 12 to artistic depictions of women in Roman catacomb art. And we’ll connect what we learn from these images with our own efforts to be faithful prayers in our own time.
Preaching Title: “Grossly Unremarkable” - Romans 6:1-11 - What does it mean to walk in newness of life in ordinary and extraordinary times?
July 2 - No Speaker (Holiday Weekend)
July 23 - The Rev. Dr. Douglas Skinner
Sunday School Topic Summary: “Starlight, Moonlight, Sunlight” - Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth The Legacy of Alexander Campbell’s Bible on the Disciples
The Canon of Scripture is the collection of books that function as the church’s authority for faith and practice. Not all 66 books in your Bible were equal in Alexander Campbell’s estimation, and the way that he ordered them has had an impact on how Disciples think and believe. After looking at Campbell’s “Canon,” we will think about how it helps, and how it hinders our own faithfulness as Christians today.
Preaching Title: “Did Jesus Preach Paul’s Gospel?” Luke 15:11-24
There has long been a quarrel between Jesus and Paul. There is a suspicion that Paul fundamentally changed the message of Jesus Christ into something that Jesus Himself would not have recognized nor endorsed. This creates a divide in the minds and hearts of many Christians in the church today between Jesus and the Gospels, and Paul and the Epistles. So, how do the red letters and the black letters in your New Testament connect, and why does it matter that they do?
July 30 - Kris Steele
Sunday School Topic Summary: Oklahoma is #1 in female incarceration and #2 in male incarceration in our nation. Most of these women and men are nonviolent offenders—75%, in fact. Mass incarceration is devastating to families, harmful to communities, and often leads to generational cycles of hardship, setbacks, and insurmountable challenges. Without proper treatment, programming, education, and assistance, nearly one-quarter of Oklahoman's released from prison will return within 36 months. With appropriate intervention and support, however, justice-involved individuals can overcome a troubled past, achieve their potential, and live their dreams. Please join us on Sunday, July 30, for a lively discussion of the consequences of administering punishment over treatment and deep dialogue about effective strategies to break cycles of incarceration and poverty in our Oklahoma family.
August 27 - Commissioner Terri White