The focus here is on theology, social justice issues, environmental issues and interfaith dialogue. Much of what has been offered in recent years has been related to the emerging or progressive Christianity.
Living Religions Lectures
Finding I Am Bible Study (January-March 2019)
This was a 6-session bible study by best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst. Participants were encouraged to…
• find freedom in difficult circumstances by learning how to shift from “slave mentality” to “set free mentality”,
• discover how Jesus is the key to satisfaction by learning the crucial significance behind each of his “I am” statements.
• trade feelings of emptiness for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is, and
• grow in biblical literacy by exploring the Gospel of John.
These run from three to twelve weeks. Participants meet, view a DVD segment, break for coffee, and then regroup to discuss. Programs are often supplemented by printed materials chosen to promote further discussion. DVD-based programs offered at Wesley-Knox in recent years include
Living the Questions
From Jesus to Christ (PBS series)
First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Embracing an Adult Faith
Animate Bible Study
Wesley-Knox hopes to offer a DVD-based program Sunday afternoons starting in October. Look for announcements in the Sunday service bulletins.
Speakers and Speakers Series
In the last four years, Wesley-Knox has offered two weekends featuring major speakers.
2009 – Marcus Borg: Reimaging the Christian Faith. Over 400 from all over Southwestern Ontario and beyond came to Wesley-Knox to hear this internationally known theologian and best-selling author. Notes for his four lectures are available here.
2011 – Bruce Sanguin: Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity.
In each of the years between, Wesley Knox offered a four-lecture speakers’ series.
2010 – Muslim activists Raheel and Sohail Razaon Islam, Jesus scholar David Galston on the Historical Jesus, Spiritual Director Bruce Tallman on Stages of Spiritual Growth, and Rev. Felicia Urbanski on the Unitarian faith
2012 – Reform Rabbi Debra Dressler on Judaism, Very Rev. Kevin Dixon of St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Occupy Movement, Aubrey Harris of Amnesty International on Abolishing the Death Penalty, and Raheel Raza on Arab Spring, Sharia law and honour killing.
Marcus Borg was to have returned to Wesley-Knox in October 2014 to present a series of lecture on Speaking Christian. Unfortunately, health problems set in and he passed away on January 21, 2015.