Good Samaritan Class
February 10, 2019
Apologies for the last minute change in class location last week. For the next two weeks Good Samaritan will join Conversations Class in the Frances Browne Dining Room.

Christianity and World Religions
Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3, 10, 17
led by Garrell Keesler

It's been said that if you want to know what a Jew believes, ask him how he prays. What can we learn from the ways our Jewish friends and co-workers approach God?

Jan. 6 - Christianity and World Religions - intro
Jan. 20 - Hinduism
Feb. 3 - Buddhism
Feb. 10 - Judaism
Feb. 17 - Islam
 Can Life Be Fair? What Does Our Faith Say?
February 3, 10, 24 & March 3
Members of First United and First Presbyterian Churches will gather for 4 Sundays for discussion on issues of our day and how our faith calls us to respond.

Lunch is $5 with a "Junior Discount" of $1 for those under 50. No reservation are required. Sessions alternate between churches

February 3:  Can Life Be Fair?  
The Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, Assoc. Prof. of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Overview of the oscillating history of racism in the U.S., illustrating African American gains and subsequent loses.
Location: FPC Fellowship Hall Overflow
February 10:  Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter? 
Donna Fair, Wellness Ministry Director at Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Video from the founders of Black Lives Matter Movement founders and from Clint Smith: "Raising a Black Son"
Location: FUPC
February 24:  Build the Wall! 
Federico Rios, International & Integration Manager of the City of Charlotte
A look at the truth about immigration, both locally and nationally, and what people like us can do.
Location: FUPC
March 3:  Can Life Be Fair? A Faithful Response
de’Angelo Dia, Advocacy Coordinator for the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte
Perspective and personal transformation
Location: FPC Fellowship Hall Overflow
Coming Up in Good Samaritan
March 3 - Health Ministry presents:
"Fueling Our Bodies for the Journey" - Nutrition Basics
Led by member Dr. Anne Bernard (Schmit)
Wood Fellowship Hall
Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics

March 10-24

led by Ross Loeser and John Johnson
An old adage is to never talk about the two topics of politics and religion. But the two are inextricably connected, and there is no better place to explore this than the church itself.

How do we use our Christian faith to determine what is right and wrong, and how do we engage in the political process? We cannot compartmentalize our faith; it is meant to influence every part of our lives.

  • "Politics is about real things, and real people - and that's Jesus' realm. The Bible compels us to speak of food, shelter, violence, life, race, rights, war, taxes, poverty... Everything, actually, because God made it all, cares for it all, and will ultimately redeem it all." - Rev. James Howell

The Good Samaritan Class is hosting a series using resources from Rev. Adam Hamilton whose United Methodist church is as politically diverse as First Presbyterian. We'll enter this topic together... listening and sharing in a spirit of loving God and loving each other.

March 10 - Where faith and politics meet
March 17 - How should we live? The ethics of Jesus
March 24 - What would Jesus say to America?