The Crossing will be undergoing some changes. We will now be meeting on Thursday nights and mixing things up a bit starting in September. The new format will allow us to cover more types of gatherings. The new format will be as follows:
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month: The Crossing contemplative/meditative service. This is an interactive environment where the music and themes can be anything that is relevant to the topic. It is not so much “religious” as it is spiritual. We also do spiritual practices in this service such as meditation, lectio divina, centering prayer, Taize, etc.
2nd Thursday: Book Study which focuses on bringing the theological discussions that have been happening for millennia in academia to the lay level. The idea is to show folks that there are many other theological options than those that we were taught in the traditional setting.
4th Thursday: Theology pub. It is just what it sounds like. We go to the local pub and have a beer (or whatever your drink of choice) and talk theology. There are topics provided as a conversation starter, but anything is open for discussion. This is a safe place for folks to discuss the theological issues that they have pondered or that bother them such as: Why do bad things happen to good people? Was Jesus really divine? Do we really need to be “saved” from sin in a sacrificial way? etc. The only rules are that there are no right answers (I am only a facilitator and not a teacher) and there is no proselytizing.
I hope that you will join us and pick and choose what interests you! We will also be having potluck dinners before our gatherings (except Theology Pub where all are welcome to order food at the pub) starting at 6:15 pm followed by the service/discussion at 7 pm.