A HISTORY OF RACE IN AMERICA
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
February 2 – February 23
Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, Founder and Lead Pastor of the Abundant Life African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas
There are few concerns of greater complexity in American society and church than the issue of race. This course will seek to take a deep dive into America's racialized histories to gain awareness of how these histories continue to shape our present time and our future. Through lectures, class discussions, readings, and documentaries, students will become more knowledgeable of the realities that people of color face daily and emerge as antiracists committed to the fullness of life that God intends for all people.
Contact: Katie Dollar ( ) to sign up and to receive the Zoom link.
5 SIMPLE WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MARRIAGE WHEN YOU’RE STUCK AT HOME TOGETHER
by Gary Chapman
Sundays, 11:15 a.m. – Noon via Zoom
February 7 – March 7
Rev. Caroline Braskamp, Parish Associate for Families
Have relationships been more difficult during the pandemic? Has connecting with your partner while navigating pandemic stresses felt overwhelming (or nearly impossible)? You are not alone!
Join us to learn five ways to strengthen your relationships:
- Call a truce on throwing verbal bombs
- Tear down emotional walls
- Discover & speak each other's love language
- Learn the value of teamwork
- Have a daily "sit down & listen" time
These actionable steps will help reset and refresh your most important relationships during this challenging season.
Contact: Rev. Caroline Braskamp ( ) to receive the class Zoom link.
*Can't join on Sundays at 11:15 am.? No problem! To watch the Zoom recordings and read the class notes "on-demand," check out the Marriage Resource Page:
TAKE IT FURTHER: LENT SERMON SERIES BIBLE STUDY
February 21-March 28
11:15 a.m. - noon, Zoom
Mahlon Hight, Coordinator for Congregational Care
Have you ever wanted to know more about the scripture text preached in worship on Sunday? Interested in discussing the sermon and scripture with other people? Join PHPC’s Coordinator for Congregational Care, Mahlon Hight each Sunday following 10 a.m. online worship, as she facilitates conversation on the Lent scripture texts and sermons.
BRAVER ANGELS: SKILLS FOR BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
Saturday, March 27
10 a.m. – Noon, Zoom
Ever wanted help navigating difficult political conversations with people in your life? Wondered how you might engage in healthy, life-giving ways with friends and neighbors across differences? In our current polarized political environment, many of us avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own. We worry, rightly so, that any attempts at political discussions will devolve into arguments and acrimony, and result in hurt feelings or anger.
In this season of Lent where we look inward, examining our hearts and lives, PHPC is offering a unique opportunity to engage in this crucial work of connection. Led by trained Braver Angels facilitators, and an organized team this workshop will teach you skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship, all while providing participants a safe environment to practice.
THE LAST WEEK BY by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
Sunday, March 28
11:30 a.m., Zoom
Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson
Using the lens of Mark’s gospel, this class will explore the politics, empire, and power that lurk in the background of Jesus’ Palm Sunday story. It will also draw some of the teachings from Mark’s Palm Sunday gospel forward to ask how they connect theology and ethically in following Jesus here and now. In advance of class, participants are asked to read chapter one of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s book The Last Week.
LETTING GO, PROCLAIMING HOPE:A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE FOR THE NEW YEAR
What a year 2020 was! Are you looking for a way to process and find God in the events of the past months and in what lies ahead? In the pages above, we offer you a set of unique questions and rituals to reflect meaningfully on the past year and create intentions for 2021 that will honor your spiritual wholeness and growth. We understand that for many finding even an hour of quiet these days can be challenging, so these spiritual activities should take you just about an hour and no more. Of course, you are free to take as much time as you would like and build in plenty of space for silence and contemplation as you are able. Above all, our prayer is that you find rest and encouragement in this season of new beginnings. Click the link above to download the guide.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson ( ) with questions.
Thursdays, noon via Zoom
Led by Mahlon Hight, Coordinator for Congregational Care
This season in our world is tiring and stressful on many levels. We long for the refreshment of the Spirit's breath in our lives. We invite you to join in community for a short but meaningful time of relaxation and renewal with Mahlon Hight as we BREATHE together Thursdays at noon via Zoom. When we are grounded in our breath, we can decrease the fight-or-flight response, reducing anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate. Contact: Tammy Hale ( ) to sign up and receive the Zoom link.
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