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.
Montview’s “Lunch and Learn” Series
1st Wednesdays of the month from 12 to 1:30 pm
Join us the 1st Wedneday of the month at noon for Montview’s “Lunch and Learn” Series. A catered lunch will be followed by a program and discussion led by Russ Wehner. 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. Call the office at 303-355-1651 ext. 109.
Sundays from 9:15 – 10:00 am
Sundays, February 23, March 2 and 9
A Spiritual Guide to Financial Sanity
Join us as we use the Christian version of the nationally-known “Share Save Spend” curriculum and reflect on personal money habits as well as the values and habits we are passing along to the next generation. Parents, grandparents, youth and older children are welcome to this inter-generational discussion, which will include personal reflection and small group discussion. Our children are recipients of some of the most sophisticated marketing ever, and we can empower them to live in a balanced way with their use of money. Parents of small children are welcome too! CLICK HERE to purchase the workbook.
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.
Contemporary Issues Forum
Colorado’s Transportation Future – Mobility Catch 22
We are about to open Denver Union Station as the hub for our transit system build-out. The red cones are out as we repair damaged infrastructure from floods. CDOT is moving forward on a RAMP initiative to accelerate projects and corridor initiatives continue to generate headlines. We seem to be doing more, but our national leaders are calling for major long term investments in infrastructure, particularly transportation, which could run out of money soon. Our Colorado local leadership coalition is out educating and polling citizens, but not finding much traction so far. As transportation shapes our future, where are we going? What’s the ‘Catch?’ Final program in a series on Colorado’s fiscal conundrum.
Facilitator: Randy Harrison, Senior Fellow, Beuchner Institute for Governance, School of Public Affairs, UC Denver
Connecting with the World: Our Own Presbyterian in Peru!
Ever wondered what guinea pig tastes like? Church member Emma Heth, one of Montview’s many amazing youth, will be sharing her experience living in rural Peru for eight weeks with the organization Amigos de las Américas. From the food (including guinea pig) to the farming to the family, Emma will talk about her days living in a mud hut, playing with kids, meeting with adults and organizing a project. She will have pictures to show, stories to tell, and lessons to share!
Facilitator: Emma Heth
Rooftop Solar Power: What’s the Controversy?
Jeff Ackermann, a member of Governor Hickenlooper’s cabinet and a long-time Montview member will frame the current debate about “net metering.” Net metering defines the relationship between the electric utility company and customers generating their own electricity with solar panels and “selling” the excess back to the company. Jeff brings to this topic his experience as a former research chief for the Public Utilities Commission, product developer for Public Service Co. and low-income utility consumer advocate.
Facilitator: Jeff Ackermann, Director of the Colorado Energy Office
Protecting Civil Liberties In The Digital Age: NSA & Privacy.
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance of American citizens continues to expand. The ACLU has been at the forefront of the struggle to rein in our government’s surveillance superstructure, which strikes at the core of our constitutionally protected rights to privacy, free speech, and association. Dr. Hynes engages the audience while explaining why the ACLU believes: “while you may not have anything to hide, you still have something to fear.”
Facilitator: Dr. Kathleen Hynes is a volunteer speaker for the ACLU of Colorado
Governor’s School: A Bright Future for Colorado High School Students
Governor’s Schools have been around the country for over 50 years. Colorado is late to the game but working hard to develop a unique summer program for high school students that will connect students from across the state to create a community of Colorado’s future leaders, who will have stayed in-state for college and career. It is one way to keep our best and brightest in state, while providing a high level pathway for college and/or high school credit. Colorado Governor’s School has been approved as an official capstone project. Come find out what that means, too – it’s a great turning point for our state’s public schools.
Facilitator: Celeste Archer, Director of Colorado Governor’s School and Montview Member
Those Who Are Always With Us: Understanding the Persistence of Poverty Amidst a World of Wealth
The discipline of economics strives to answer the question of why some areas of the world are wealthier than others. And economists have found some pretty good answers. It’s clear that the western industrialized countries have done certain things to enhance their prosperity, whereas most impoverished nations have not adopted these same practices and institutions. So, why have these lagging countries have not applied the well-recognized formula for economic growth? In their ground-breaking book “Why Nations Fail”, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson present compelling evidence for their new theory explaining the unequal distribution of wealth around the world. Dr. Evercloud will summarize the major findings of this book as part of a presentation that prompts us to consider how we can most effectively achieve our humanitarian goal of alleviating poverty.
Facilitator: Dr. Debbie Evercloud is an economist who teaches at the University of Colorado Denver and Webster University, and a Montview member
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.