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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.525.2917 for more information and schedule.
Men’s Group (Onion Club)
First and Third Sunday of the month
9:15 to 10:00 am with fellowship until 10:25
The Onion Club is a men’s group that gives men of all ages a chance to get to know each other and grow together. It is especially helpful for men juggling career and parenting. Starting this fall, it will be moving to Sunday mornings during the adult education hour at 9:15 in the Green Room on the third floor. Contact Rev. Ian Cummins at email@example.com with questions or to join the email list.
Foundations for Faith
Engaging our tradition. Expanding our perspective.
Where is God in Medical Ethics?
Sundays, November 3, 10 and 17 from 9:15 – 10:00 am
Explore the intersection of our faith and medical ethics.
November 3 – An introduction to bioethics, including a look at Christian ethics
November 10 – Shared Decision Making: A New Look at Relationships in Health Care Decisions
November 17 – Models of decision-making, including a look at how ethics committees do their work.
• Heather Fitzgerald, RN, MS, Children’s Hospital Nurse Ethicist
• Stefan T. Mokrohisky, MD, chair, Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee
• Peter Hulac, MD
Contemporary Issues Forum
Formerly the 49ers
Contemporary Issues Forum is an adult education class offered on Sundays at 9:15 am with topics that change weekly.
November 3: Rocky Mountain High: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Colorado.
In 2012, a Colorado constitutional amendment gave adults the right to buy and use marijuana recreationally beginning January 1, 2014. The Colorado Department of Revenue has recently established regulations governing “retail marijuana.” The main provisions are to protect public safety and prevent diversion to minors or to individuals outside the state of Colorado. The U.S. Department of Justice is working to find a way for marijuana businesses to have bank accounts, and is willing to see if marijuana legalization in Colorado can succeed. In November, citizens will vote on Proposition AA that imposes a 15 percent marijuana excise tax at the wholesale level (to fund school construction), and a 10 percent sales tax at the retail level (to fund the regulatory structure). Some local governments, such as Denver, are proposing separate taxes that would be stacked on top of the statewide tax to cover local costs. Come hear a discussion of these issues at the November 3 Contemporary Issues Forum.Facilitator: Ron Kammerzell, Senior Director of Enforcement for Retail Marijuana Rules in the Colorado Dept. of Revenue; and/or John Ingold of the Denver Post
November 10: Why Syria Matters: The Moral Case for Intervention
Syria has faded from the headlines, but the suffering of the Syrian people has not. The killing fields of Syria now surpass those of Bosnia with over 100,000 dead (according to the United Nations) including two million refugees (half of them children). How should the United States and the International Community respond to this ongoing conflict? Drs. Hashemi and Postel have just edited and published The Syria Dilemma , MIT Press, which has been hailed as a definitive collection of essays on the state of Syria.
Facilitators: Dr. Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics, University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Dr. Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies
NEW WEEKDAY PROGRAM
Montview’s “Lunch and Learn” Series
1st Wednesdays of the month from 12 to 1:30 pm
Join us Wednesday, October 2nd at noon for a new program called Montview’s “Lunch and Learn” Series. A catered lunch will be followed by a program and discussion led by Russ Wehner. Russ will use a series of videos by Father Richard Rohr called “The Path of Descent”, which helps us to understand the ‘theme of themes’ in the Bible: that the way of the cross is downward not upward and we win by losing. It promises to be a fascinating program and chance to be together. 1st Wednesdays of the month, 12 to 1:30 pm, through May 2014. Lunch is $10 and registration is required for each class even if you previously registered. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call the office at 303-355-1651 ext. 109.
History and Evolution of the Madonna Image in Art
Sundays, December 1 and 8 from 9:15 – 10:00 am
Barbara Coleman will survey images of the Virgin Mary from the earliest ones found in the Roman catacombs (c. 3rd. c BCE) to present day paintings in controversial shows such as the one entitled Sensation (1996) at the Brooklyn Museum. All of these images will be grounded in the cultural/sociopolitical/ theological issues of the times. In other words, how do images of the Virgin Mary reflect societal expectations over the centuries?
Facilitator: Barbara Coleman received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in American art and has been teaching at Regis College for the past 12 years.
Special Guest The Rev. Jane E. Vennard
Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 9:15 – 10:00 am
In a culture enthralled with technology, striving, and speed, people of many faith traditions long to slowdown, pay attention and wake up to th e present moment. Sharing from her new book, Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul, Jane will discuss and guide you in some practices that can be incorporated immediately into your daily lives.
The Rev. Jane E. Vennard is Louise Warren Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty in prayer and spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Jane is a spiritual director in private practice, teaches classes in a variety of ecumenical settings, leads retreats internationally, and is the author of numerous articles and seven books.
Delving into Spiritual Practices
Sundays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2014 from 9:15 – 10:00 am
As a follow up to Jane Vennard’s presentation in January, participants will use the book, Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul, to explore a variety of spiritual practices.
Facilitator: Montview member, Erika Walker, has attended seminary and has taught classes on spiritual development and led retreats for churches since 1985.
A Spiritual Guide to Financial Sanity
Sundays, February 23, March 2 and 9, 2014 from 9:15 – 10:00 am
Using his “Share/Save/Spend” concept, Nathan Dungan, a professional financial planner, national speaker, and practicing Christian, created a curriculum for parents, grandparents, and other adults wishing to think about money in our lives, particularly focusing on how we are passing along values and habits to the next generation. The class will have opportunities for small group discussion and personal reflection. Older children and youth are particularly welcome to attend the class, hopefully with parents or grandparents in tow. Young parents: come and learn ways you can pass along sound and faithful fiscal practices as your children grow up.
Facilitator: Montview member, Kate Pettersen first learned about the Share/Save/Spend program several years ago at her former church in Michigan. Kate was an ordained clergywoman in the United Methodist church before staying home with her girls.
Sundays, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 2014 from 9:15 – 10:00 am
A study of the bestselling book “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. In this simple, yet thought provoking book, Bell proposes that “Jesus’ story has been hijacked by a number of other stories, stories Jesus isn’t interested in telling.” The aim of the book and the course is to rediscover Jesus’ original message through the exploration of important topics such as Heaven, Hell, Death and Free Will.
Facilitator: Montview member and current Elder Michele Horn
Religion and Race in America
Sundays, April 27, May 4 and 11, 2014 from 9:15 -10:00 am
Despite obvious improvements in race relations in America in the last 50 years, we still do not live in a “post-racial” society. Why is this? Recent work in theology suggests that the idea of race is linked to certain basic world views that build how we make sense of our lives, and to certain important moves made in the history of Christian theology. What is race, why can’t we think without it, how does it operate in our religious lives, and what can we do about it?
Facilitator: Ted Vial teaches modern western religious thought at the Iliff School of Theology.