Class Schedule

Tattoos on the Heart Book Discussion

In preparation for Father Gregory Boyle speaking at Montview on Friday, October 2nd as our 2015 Lectureship Speaker, we invite you to re-engage our book from the past year, Tattoos on the Heart.

September 13 at 9:15
Join Pastor Ian on our first Sunday back to two services for this church-wide forum to kick off the discussion of Tattoos on the Heart.
Wednesdays, September 16, 23, and 30 at 7:00 pm
The conversation continues on these three Wednesday evenings.
• Copies of Tattoos on the Heart will be available for purchase on Sundays in early September in case you missed it the first time around.
• Tickets for the 2015 Lectureship with Father Boyle are available now by clicking here

Adult Education
FOUNDATIONS SERIES

Fellowship Hall

September 20, 27, October 4
The Pursuit of Happiness in Our Time
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of happiness? How is religion and faith related to the pursuit of happiness? In recent years a growing number of writers, psychologists, and people across all sectors of American society have been reflecting on the problems of personal meaning and human flourishing while numerous publications and self-improvement programs on these topics have been created. Pondering and writing about these big questions is not new, yet through the ages philosophers and persons from all walks of life have offered influential ideas and theories about the pursuit of Happiness. Join us for a lively series of three presentations by Dr. Albert Hernández from the Iliff School of Theology on the search for meaning and purpose in human life.

Facilitator: Dr. Albert Hernandez has served as Iliff’s Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty since 2009 and as a member of the faculty since 2001. He served as interim president and chief executive officer from 2012 to 2013. His teaching areas include the history of Christianity from the Medieval to the Early Modern periods. His research interests include the history of Muslim and Christian relations beginning with the Crusades, the problem of religious diversity in medieval and early modern Spain, and the role of mystical movements and pneumatology in Christian history. Hernández is the author of: Subversive Fire: The Untold Story of Pentecost, (Emeth Press, 2010). His most recent book project, The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress Press, 2011), co-authored with Miguel De La Torre, explores the history of Satan and the problem of evil in the history of Christianity.

October 11
Movie Clips from “Happy” with Discussion
As a follow up to Dr. Hernandez’s class on happiness, we’ll watch some clips from the movie “Happy” to take a look at a number of real life versions of happiness in a variety of cultures and circumstances. We’ll discuss how these examples match or contrast with our own standards for happiness and talk about what we can learn from them.

Facilitator: Linda Rumbarger

October 18
PC(USA) Changes/Update
Facilitator: Cathy Ulrich

October 25
Churchwide Forum
Join our new Co-Pastor, Clover Beal, as she and Pastor Ian have a conversation about all things faith and Montview related. It’s a chance to meet Clover and to put your co-pastors on the spot with some obscure church history question. We’re not sure where the conversation will go, but we’re pretty sure it will be fun.
Facilitators: Rev. Ian Gregory Cummins & Rev. Clover Reuter Beal

November 1, 8, 15 & 22
Heart of Christianity
Join Pastor Ian in a lively discussion about the heart of Christianity. Using Marcus Borg’s classic book of this title, this is a great class for those who are new to Montview, new to the faith, or just want a refresher on what this crazy journey with Jesus is all about. This is part-one of a two-part class, to be continued in the spring. Books will be on sale on Sundays this fall.
Facilitator: Rev. Ian Gregory Cummins

January 10, 2016: Churchwide Forum
After Hours Denver
Learn about AfterHours Denver, a ministry in downtown Denver for the poor and spiritually independent that reaches out to people where they are. Rev. Jerry Herships leads worship in bars and offers communion on the streets where he hands out 700+ lunches every week—which are made during the call to worship in their weekly bar gatherings. If you’re interested in a ministry that focuses on loving & laughing more and judging less, you’ll be inspired by Jerry’s approach to ministry.

Facilitator: Jerry Herships’ story is a familiar one. Former bartender/stand-up comic and mall Santa hears God’s call to leave the bright lights of show biz and dedicate his life to doing the Lord’s work.  Jerry was born in Detroit, and lived in both L.A. and Orlando working in Radio, T.V., film. During Jerry’s stand-up career he worked with Dick Clark, Jay Leno and Olympia Dukakis, and was a contract writer for Jay Leno. Jerry got his Masters of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology and was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 2009. Jerry was appointed to plant a new church, AfterHours Denver, in the downtown metro area focusing on the poor and spiritually independent. He is Chief Love Monger and Lead Spiritual Entrepreneur of that faith & action community. AfterHours Denver currently hands out food, water and communion to 700+ people a week in Civic Center Park. In recent years AfterHours has been written about in the Denver Post, Denver’s 5280 Magazine and has been profiled on a number of the local network affiliates.

January 17, 2016
Peace & Justice Sunday

January 24, 2016
Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast
We’ll do some business and provide an update on things around the church. A Pancake Breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m. (supporting our Youth Program) followed by the meeting from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 2016
Walter Brueggemann prep class
We will welcome Dr. Walter Brueggemann as our Montview Lecturer for 2016 on February 26, 27, and 28. In preparation for his visit, we will review one of his most recent books: “Journey to the Common Good” on Sunday mornings starting on January 31 and continuing through February 21. The final session will be an all-church forum on Sunday, February 28.
Dr. Brueggemann is the world’s leading interpreter of the Old Testament, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, and the author of numerous books. He turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America’s efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, he calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction. He masterfully brings together contemporary cultural analysis with challenging Biblical insights and offers a hopeful roadmap for our shared human journey. He offers thought-provoking comparisons between the temple of Jerusalem’s destruction in 587 BCE and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, suggesting a “double-read” in which Biblical and contemporary narratives of loss, grief, and hope can inform each other.
Facilitator: Russ Wehner and Rev. Clover Reuter Beal

February 26, 27, 28, 2016
Lectureship presents…
A Weekend with Walter Brueggemann
Join preeminent Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann, as he joins us for the weekend to explore his book, Journey to the Common Good. We will read this book as a congregation beginning later this fall. There will be an evening lecture on February 26 and a morning lecture on February 27. He will preach at Montview at the 8:15 and 10:30 am service on February 28 and speak at the Churchwide Forum.
Facilitator: Walter Brueggeman

March 6, 13, April 3, 10, 2016
The Rise and Fall of the Bible
Facilitator: Tim Beal

March 20, 2016
Palm Sunday Breakfast presented by Montview Community Organizing Ministry

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2016
Heart of Christianity
Join Pastor Ian in a lively discussion about the heart of Christianity. Using Marcus Borg’s classic book of this title, this is a great class for those who are new to Montview, new to the faith, or just want a refresher on what this crazy journey with Jesus is all about. This is the second part of a two-part class that began in the fall. Books will be on sale on Sundays this fall.

Facilitator: Rev. Ian Gregory Cummins

Adult Education

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES FORUM

Contemporary Issues Forum is an adult education class offered on Sundays at 9:15 am with topics that change weekly.
McCollum Room

September 20
The Debate Over the Iran Nuclear Deal: Is It Good for Us? Is It Good for the World?
Facilitator: Prof. Ved P. Nanda, Thompson G. Marsh Professor of International Law, University of Denver

September 27
Youth Work Trips, Summer 2015:
Our Youth Learning & Serving in the Larger World
Facilitator: Rev. Sheri Fry and Members of MOB and JAM Groups

October 4
Mission Sunday
Hunter Farrell, Director of Presbyterian World Mission
October 11
Musana: A Story of NGO Sustainability in Uganda
Facilitator: Andrea and Haril Kazandra, Founders and Directors of Musana School, Farm, and Women’s Micro-lending Project

Adult Education
PARENTING FORUM

Parenting Forum a track of adult education at Montview specifically for parents of children and teens.
Gallery Room

September 20: Back to Sunday School
Join us as Sandy Prouty, our own Minister of Children and Families, talks to us about what our children have to look forward to in Sunday School this academic year.
Facilitator: Sandy Prouty, Montview Minister of Children and Families

September 27: Raising Resilient Children
Linda Marrs will lead an interactive discussion about how we can raise our children to be more resilient.
Facilitator: Linda Marrs is the director of Montivew Community Preschool & Kindergarten.

October 4: Depression and Suicide
Suvi Miller will talk to us about depression and suicide in children and adolescents.
Facilitator: Suvi Miller has over 20 years experience in providing clinical assessments and treatment to children, adolescents and their families. She received her Master’s degree in social work from New York University in 1992, where she practiced until she came to Colorado in 1995. Ms. Miller is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver graduate school of Social Work and is in private practice.

October 11, 18, 25: Anti-bias Parenting
Join us for this, three session workshop with Leslie Herod as we explore race, bias and social justice in our everyday lives. These workshops will focus on language and modeling better behavior for our peers, children, neighbors and families. We will also explore ways to build coalitions so that we can all work together to unite our communities and make them stronger.
Facilitator: Leslie Herod has worked with the Gill Foundation on LGBT issues and racial equality and has built coalitions around various neighborhood campaigns. She also leads Lumunos’ local work on spiritual well-being. Leslie serves on numerous boards and commissions and offers a wide breadth of perspectives and a wealth of information to facilitate honest and productive discussions.

November 1, 8, 15 & 22
Heart of Christianity
Join Pastor Ian in a lively discussion about the heart of Christianity. Using Marcus Borg’s classic book of this title, this is a great class for those who are new to Montview, new to the faith, or just want a refresher on what this crazy journey with Jesus is all about. This is the second part of a two-part class that began in the fall. Books will be on sale on Sundays this fall.
January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 2016: Hopes and Fears Discussion
Join us for a discussion of the book “Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and other Tired, Anxious People” by Bromleigh Mcleneghan and Lee Hull Moses. We will read excerpts from the book in class so you don’t have to read before you come in order to participate.

March 6, 2016: Theological Themes in Children’s Liturature
Facilitator: Melissa Depper has been a children’s librarian for almost 20 years and is Storytime Supervisor at the Arapahoe Library District, where she trains and mentors the staff who present almost 60 story times weekly. In 2012 she co-founded the Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy, an annual recognition of books for young children and their families that support pre-reading skills. Melissa grew up in the Presbyterian Church and currently attends First Plymouth Congregational UCC in Englewood.

March 13, 2016: Concussions or Sport Injury
Dr Joe Grubenhoff will talk to us about concussions in the pediatric and adolescent population.
Facilitator: Dr. Joe Grubenhoff is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has done extensive research on the topic of head injury and concussions.

April 3, 10, 17, 2016: Mindful Parenting: Confidence, Compassion & Connection
Through an exploration of neuroscience, practical techniques and personal stories Dr. Andra Brill will share how mindfulness practices help us understand and connect with ourselves and our children. An open discussion will include how to parent without rewards and punishments and how to foster unconditional love with families. The class also offers and introduction to mindfulness practices.
Facilitator: Andra Brill, Ph.D. is a writer, speaker and innovator in the growing field of mindful parenting. She is the founder of Happy Mindful Families where she offers practical tools for raising resilient, well balanced children. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Positive Parenting Connection and the Poet’s Guide to Motherhood.

April 24, May 1, 2016
Heart of Christianity
Join Pastor Ian in a lively discussion about the heart of Christianity. Using Marcus Borg’s classic book of this title, this is a great class for those who are new to Montview, new to the faith, or just want a refresher on what this crazy journey with Jesus is all about. This is the second part of a two-part class that began in the fall. Books will be on sale on Sundays this fall.

May 8, 2016: Children’s Service in Sunday School

Adult Education
BEYOND SUNDAY

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 lrumbarg@hotmail.com or 303.525.2917 for more information and schedule.

The Spirit of Spontaneity
ONE DAY ONLY! – Saturday, October 24, 10am – 3pm in the McCullum Room
Writer and performer Linda (Klein) Orosz, from Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women and humorist Matthew Taylor author of Goat Lips – Tales of Lapsed Englishman lead an exploration of your spirit through an active, on-your-feet workshop inspired by the basic tenants of improvisation and spontaneous storytelling.
In a fun, relaxed atmosphere, you will gently develop a sensitivity to your inner-insight that, in an instant, can tell you exactly what to say, where to go and most importantly how you can help those around you.
Attendance for the entire session is required. There will be a sack lunch break. If you have questions or are a little freaked-out by the word “improv” contact Linda. She’ll happily talk you in to attending. 303-355-0653 or Linda@ACEcomedy.

Facilitator: Montview member Linda Orosz (some know her as Linda Klein) has been a treasured member of the Denver improv community since 1993 and has developed rich expertise in the areas of performance, writing, creative thinking, logistics, administration, marketing and public relations through the success of her comedic variety show, Girls Only which has graced stages across North America and played to over 110,000 women.
Matthew Taylor, Linda’s long-time creative partner was transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England. He has been a professional actor, award-winning author, storyteller, and humorist for the last 25 years, working throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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