Fall Series | Kyes Lecture Series on Belonging

September 19, 2021 11:45am

Contact: Pastor Angela RyoPastor Angela Ryo | (248) 973-8014

Welcome to our 7-week Kyes Series on the topic of “Belonging”! By looking at stories in the Old and New Testaments as well as in our world today, we’ll discover what it means to belong, different ways of belonging and why it’s important for us to belong. Register today!


Belonging in the Old Testament: Families and God

Sunday, September 19 at 11:45 a.m. (Heritage Hall)

The Bible assumes that above all else we belong to God, and based on that conviction, it concentrates on primary relationships such as family and community.  In this class, we will look at some Old Testament teachings on family relations such as marriage, children, and inheritance.  And we will utilize some resources from archaeology to see how families lived and worked together.

Sunday, September 26 at 10:15 a.m. (Upper Room- Hybrid) and 11:45 (Heritage Hall)

The Bible assumes that above all else we belong to God, and based on that conviction, it concentrates on primary relationships such as family and community.  In this class, we will look at some Old Testament teachings on living in community as inhabitants of an even larger world. And we will utilize some resources from archaeology to see how ancient Jerusalem and its temple were physical symbols of divine presence for all nations.

Teacher: Rev. Dr. Andy Dearman
Bio: Dr. Dearman, an honorably retired minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, is Senior Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2019. He received degrees from University of North Carolina (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University (PhD).  In November 2008 he was awarded a ThD (h.c.) from Debrecen Reformed University in Hungary. Dr. Dearman has served on the editorial boards of NIV Application Commentary Series published by Zondervan, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Horizons in Biblical Theology, and the Bulletin for Biblical Research. Dr. Dearman has served on translation teams for the Ecclesia Bible Project (The Voice, published by Thomas Nelson) and the Common English Version published by Abingdon Press and contributed introductory material for the Harper Collins Study Bible and the CEB Study Bible (Abingdon). Dr. Dearman is married to Kathy Dearman.  They have three sons and eight grandchildren.

Belonging in the Old Testament: Culture and Creation

Sunday, October 3 at 10:15 a.m. (Upper Room- Hybrid) and 11:45 a.m. (Heritage Hall)

“We Belong to the Earth”: Belonging to the earth is a core piece of our religious identity.  We will reread the story of creation in Genesis 2-3 to discover how human identity is rooted in the earth and how we are given responsibility to protect it.

Sunday, October 10 at 10:15 a.m. (Upper Room-hybrid) and 11:45 a.m. (Heritage Hall)

“We Belong to Different Cultures”: Belonging to a distinct culture is also a core piece of our religious identity.  We will reread the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 to discover how human identity is rooted in culture and how we are to value both our own culture and different cultures. 

Teacher: Dr. Theodore Hiebert
Bio: Theodore Hiebert writes about biblical views of identity and difference and about biblical perspectives on the environment.  The Beginning of Difference, focusing on the book of Genesis, challenges exclusivist cultural interpretations and reveals a text that embraces and celebrates ethnic identities and differences.  The Yahwist’s Landscape challenges claims that the Bible privileges humans and separates them from nature and shows how biblical religion is grounded in the natural world.  Hiebert was an editor and translator for the Common English Bible and wrote the notes to Genesis for the CEB Study Bible and the New Interpreter’s Study Bible.  He is currently at work on a study of the book of Genesis as migration literature.  Hiebert is Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus at McCormick Theological Seminary and lives in Homewood, IL.

Belonging in the New Testament: Jesus and the Early Church

Sunday, October 17 at 11:45 a.m. (Heritage Hall)
What does Jesus have to say about belonging in the Gospels?  Jesus’ preaching frequently focuses on what is necessary to belong to the Kingdom of God or to be among God’s chosen people.  Many of the requirements run counter to what might have been expected from Jewish law, while others seem to make belonging even more difficult!  We will explore what Jesus says about belonging and how that might work for us today.

Sunday, October 24 at 10:15 a.m. (Upper Room) and 11:45 a.m. (Heritage Hall)
The Apostle Paul wrote letters to churches that were struggling with what it meant to be a part of, or belong to, the new people of God.  Paul is certain there is a connection to God’s covenant with the Jewish people, but he struggles to communicate it to those who are not Jewish.  We will explore some of the ways Paul’s letters help us understand how we belong to the people of God today.

Teacher: Dr. Matthew Collins
Bio:
 Director of the Library and College Archivist, Alma College Former Director of Congress at the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Belonging in the World: Those in the Margins

Sunday, October 31 at 10:15 a.m. (Upper Room-Hybrid) and 11:45 a.m. (Heritage Hall)

How do we belong to one another, especially those who are incarcerated? We’ll explore how our incarcerated brothers and sisters find community in prison as well as when they are released into society.

Teacher: Rev. Dr. Todd V. Cioffi
Bio: Dr. Cioffi is a professor at Calvin University. Prior to coming to Calvin, Professor Cioffi taught at Whitworth University. He completed his B.A. in philosophy from Hope College, and a M.Div. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Professor Cioffi has taught in the areas of systematic theology, philosophy, Christian ethics, and religion and politics. Beyond his academic work, he is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served several churches and ministries over the years. Professor Cioffi's work in the Congregational and Ministry Studies (CMS) department focuses on Missions, Community Development and Congregational Studies. He is also the director of the Calvin Prison Initiative.

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