What is Jesus asking of me, when He says, " love my neighbor as myself"?
Join us on an 8-week faith journey as we explore through study, prayer and discussion how our faith calls us to a deeper understanding and response to today's pressing social issues of homelessness, racism and mass incarceration.
Thursday evenings, January 24-March 21, 2019, from 7pm-9pm.
Mullen Commons Lower Level
What to Expect
Each JustFaith 8-week program is an opportunity to view contemporary issues that impact our lives through the lens of our Christian faith. Each two-hour session includes prayer, dialogue, active listening and relationship building. Sessions also include videos and/or guest speakers.
Each 8-week program includes an immersion experience in which participants leave the confines of their regular meeting space to encounter people, stories, and realities on the margins of their community. These visits offer the opportunity to be with (rather than do for) people, and to learn from (rather than learn about) realities that impact lives, as well as the quality of life in the local community.
JustFaith offers a spiritual practice for each week. These practices encourage a deeper integration and practical engagement of the issues addressed in during the program.
Resources: Books, DVDs, and Other Material
A variety of books, DVDs, and online resources offer participants a broader understanding of the issues they explore. Through reading, reflection, and dialogue, participants examine the implications and connections between faith and lifestyle. Participants have access to online resources through the program webpage.
JustFaith programs are lead by a team of two or more facilitators who coordinate the process and cultivate respectful dialogue within the group. Co-facilitators share and delegate responsibility for different parts of the process.
Prayer and Ritual
All throughout the process, prayer and ritual serve as gateways to a deeper dialogue. Each session opens and closes in prayer. The session outlines offer a framework for prayer that often includes rituals and symbols.
Building a Caring Community
The JustFaith process invites people to explore difficult questions together. This involves risk and vulnerability, as well as moments of great insight, joy, and spiritual growth. Inevitably, there will be growing pains as people wrestle with personal, social, religious, and political perspectives in the light of the Gospel. Heart-sharing and active listening are important practices to nurture throughout the process. Ideally, each JustFaith group blossoms into a caring, small community of faith that lives compassionately and is inspired to make a difference.