Church Wide Forum
Learn more about our Fall theme, “Love Thy Neighbor” and meet Anthony Grimes, our new partner in ministry to the Park Hill neighborhood.
Facilitator: Rev. Ian Cummins & Anthony Grimes
September 14, 21 & 28
Jonah’s Afterlives in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
The book of Jonah — a story about an unorthodox prophet and his encounters with God in a variety of liminal spaces (including the belly of a big fish) — is one of the stranger books in the Bible. Most Christians assume that it is designed to teach a simple lesson (“You can’t run away from God!”). However, close attention to the ambiguities in the book reveals that instead of providing answers, Jonah raises weighty theological and ethical questions and creates space for a multiplicity of interpretations. Nowhere is the range of the book’s potential meanings more evident than in the study of its reception in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In this class, we will enter the magical-realistic world of Jonah by exploring the book’s afterlives in Jewish midrashic texts, in early Christian art, and in the Qur’an.
Facilitator: Amy Erickson is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Iliff School of Theology. She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Jonah and the history of its interpretation for a new series, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans, entitled Illuminations.
October 5, 12, 19
Scribes, Scrolls, and Scripture
Participants will be introduced to the various forms in which the Bible has been handed down to us, including handwritten scrolls and books, illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, the array of modern print-forms of the Bible, and electronic media. Over the course of the four sessions we will discuss how the Bible became the Bible, and the ways in which the different forms and functions of scripture affect how people understand the Bible’s status and authority.
Facilitator: Pamela Eisenbaum, one of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, is Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, Invitation to Romans and most recently, Paul Was Not a Christian. She is a contributor to the highly praised Jewish Annotated New Testament, and has published many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity.
November 2, 9, 16 & 23
Making All Things New: Holy Spirit and Authentic Community
What is the Holy Spirit? How does it relate to how we live together as Christian community? This series looks at the Holy Spirit in Scripture, in history, and in our modern context to provide a fresh way of thinking about the Holy Spirit: as the way that we make meaning together as a community, against the dominant ‘common-sense’ way of thinking that is oppressive and all too popular.
Facilitator: Jeremy Garber is a graduate of the Ph.D. Religious Studies program in Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. Jeremy received his M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana. Dr. Garber’s dissertation was titled “‘Another Way’: The Pneumatology of Deleuzean Minoritarian Communal Interpretation in Scripture, the 16th Century Radical Reformation, and Alternative 21st century Anabaptist Community.”
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES FORUM
Contemporary Issues Forum is an adult education class offered on Sundays at 9:15 am with topics that change weekly.
K-12 Education Funding Crisis: Finding a Way Out
In 2010, the “Great Recession” hit the state of Colorado and impacted public education dramatically, beginning a series of cuts totaling $1 billion to public schools statewide. As the economy recovers, hopes for reversals of those budget cuts have been stymied in the Colorado legislature. School Superintendents, led by Boulder Valley Schools’ Bruce Messinger, have been the most successful collective voice over the past year in returning much needed funding to our public schools. Dr. Bruce K. Messinger is superintendent of Boulder Valley School District, the seventh largest district in the state. During his more than 30 years in public education, Bruce has also worked as an elementary principal, a classroom teacher, and a special education administrator.
Facilitator: Dr. Bruce Messinger, Superintendent, Boulder Valley School District
Civil Discourse in Politics in 2014: Is It Even Possible?
Another political season is under way. Is there hope that well-meaning people can engage in civil conversation about important issues? Our speaker thinks so. The Civic Canopy is a Colorado nonprofit that helps the many to work as one for the good of all. We do this by bringing disparate groups together in dialogue to better understand the issues they face, develop shared goals to work toward, and to create a culture of collaboration that works as an antidote to the often polarized forms of discourse that fill the public square. Bill Fulton is the Co-Founder and President of the Civic Canopy. A Denver native, he has a BA from Brown University, an MA from UC-Denver, and a PhD. from DU and Iliff School of Theology focused on public dialogue and civic engagement.
Facilitator: Bill Fulton, President of The Civic Canopy in Denver
Parenting Forum a track of adult education at Montview specifically for parents of children and teens.
September 14 – October 5: CPR/First Aid
Registration available online for a First Aid/Infant and Child CPR class. Space is limited to 30 participants and cost is $45, which includes all class materials. Please register online at: advancedcarecpr.com. Scholarship monies available; please see Director of Children’s Ministry, Sandy Prouty.
October 12: Cannabis Talk for Parents
Suvi H. Miller will speak about cannabis use providing information for parents of children and teens.
Facilitator: Suvi H. Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience providing clinical assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and their families.
October 19: Internet Safety with Mike Harris of the Jefferson County DA’s office
November 2 – 23: Discipline Done Right – Techniques and Strategies for Effective Discipline Practices across Ages.
Drawing from several evidenced based practices, this series will explore techniques and strategies for how to implement consistent and effective discipline practices. The course will discuss common pitfalls as well as provide practical examples of how to apply these skills with children of all ages. The course will incorporate lectures, question and answer segments, and additional resources for continued research.
Facilitator: Aleja Parsons, M.A., is pursuing her PhD as a fourth year graduate student at the University of Denver. Her research interests focus on the intersection of race, culture, and romantic relationships for underserved populations. Her clinical training has included working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Meet in the Commons
September 16 — October 21
Jesus’ parables are often viewed as provocative, fascinating and even revolutionary. Some are short and simple and other are highly complex. What of Jesus’ other parables? We shall explore some of the sourses, plumb their theological depths and embrace their significvance and re-engage the world’s realities from a deeper perspective.
Facilitator: Rev. Gilbert McKenzie. For over 40 years, Gilbert has pastored congregations in Jamaica, Ireland and in the US. A graduate of Princeton, he has served the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) at every level and has taken time to travel extensively throughout the world. He enjoys collecting and sharing stories of varied traditions
Coffee & Conversation
1st Tuesday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 am beginning October 7
Meet in the Commons
Facilitator: Russ Wehner
Using video presentations by leading theologians, we will explore and discuss some of the most provocative issues of faith for our times.
October 6, 13, 20, 27 – Meet in the Commons
Inner Stillness Meditation: How to Meditate Without Even Trying from 12:12 to 12:48
In this class you may become more energetic, creative, effective and efficient. Also, in time, you can learn One Minute Stillness Meditation for people on the go.
Lesson One: Being Present, Lesson Two: Letting Go
Lesson Three: Peace of Mind, Lesson Four: Allowing Stillness to Happen
Facilitator: Franklin Kaemingk
Women’s Wednesday Evening Book Study
Interested in thought-provoking discussions on books that will challenge you and help you develop your faith? This book group will allow you to do just that while getting to know a great group of women at Montview. Contact Linda Rumbarger at email@example.com or 303.525.2917 for more information and schedule.
November 19 from 6:00 to 8:45pm in the McCollum Room
Montview Health Care Professionals
Montview Health Care Professionals, their loved ones, and others interested in health care meet three or four times yearly to share a meal and discuss a topic of great interest. On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, we will gather again in the McCollum Room from 6:00 to 8:45pm. The speaker will be Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, will lead the evening’s discussion on new understandings of how professionalism can guide health care in this era. The health professionals will also get together again February and May of 2015. For further information, please contact Peter Hulac at PeterHulac@msn.com or 303-388-7400
Facilitator: Dr. Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH is the new director of CU’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. He is also the Director of the Institute for Ethics of the American Medical Association