Upcoming Table Talks


For Educators

These quarterly Table Talks are for those who work in primary and secondary education, whether as teachers or administrators. How does Christian faith illuminate, reframe, and enrich the calling to work in education? TABLE TALKS for Educators meets quarterly through the academic year.

Hosted by Wil Rogan and Jeff Giles.

september 27 | 7:30pm | Email Jeff Giles to RSVP.

Race

Racial enmity has been the source of great pain and division. As a result, race is treated as a problem to be solved, or else a matter to be avoided. But racial difference is an opportunity for our formation as disciples of Jesus Christ and for our witness to the world that Christ is our peace. Expect meaningful conversation and prayer in response to issues of race, so that we might more fully embody Christ's body in our lives together.

9/24, 11/26, 1/28, 3/25, 5/20 | 7PM | RSVP sophath.kong@gmail.com


 

past Table Talks

For those of you wondering "Have we ever talked about...?"


Women, Authority, & the Image of God

The creation of women and men in God’s image, as well as our redemption in Christ, means mutuality, difference, and oneness. How exactly is this to work out within the church? While Grace Long Beach supports women in leadership, it has traditionally affirmed only men as elders, on the basis of a particular reading of Scripture. The elders began a conversation about other ways to read Scripture in relationship to women, authority, and the image of God in Fall 2016, which was temporarily interrupted by significant events within the community  Expect rich, spirited conversation as we read the same articles discussed by the elders and selected passages from Scripture over dessert, as we seek to know and follow Christ more fully and deeply. 

 

Race, Repentance, & Reconciliation

Racial enmity has been the source of great pain and division. As a result, race is treated as a problem to be solved, or else a matter to be avoided. But perhaps racial difference is an opportunity for our formation as disciples of Jesus Christ (repentance) and our witness that "Christ is the peace between us” (reconciliation). Expect thoughtful conversation about these matters, based on short readings, and co-led by Jenny Chheang, Sophath Kong, Ana Sanchez, and Wil Rogan.

 

APATHY, SUFFERING, AND THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

The word passion captures both joyful devotion to life and willingness to suffer. Apathy is the name given to the loss of passion; one theologian calls apathy the modern death: life without suffering, life without passionate feeling. How might God visit those who have become numb both to love and pain? How might the passion of Christ revive our passion and make us alive again?

 

MEMORY, IDENTITY, AND DEMENTIA

Dementia is the most feared disease in North America. And no wonder, since it is most often talked about only as a narrative of decline and loss. Dementia is bound up with our fear and bewilderment about our own identities and memories. When we think about dementia from a Christian point of view, we discover it is not just a narrative of loss, because now and always we live in the memories of God.

 

CHURCH, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, AND PRAYER

Almost all of the Apostle Paul’s instruction in his letters to the church can be summarized in a simple statement: be what you already are in Christ. Well, what is the church supposed to be? And how are some of the basic realities of being church –– the forgiveness of sins and prayer –– supposed to form our lives together? 

 

TIME, SEX, AND DEATH

We are used to talking about time and sex as though they are commodities to be consumed and enjoyed before we eventually die. But, if you have ever read Leviticus, you have some inkling about how deeply our lives before God and with one another are ordered by time, sex, and death. God would have us become friends of time, live with fullness of desire, and entrust even our deaths to the one who gives life. 

 

FEAR, TRUTH, AND SABBATH

It is an open secret that politicians tend to appeal to fear to motivate citizens to political activism, and “post-truth” became the watchword for the last round of presidential campaigns. Who hasn’t found this political season emotionally exhausting, and socially tense? The good news is that God has given us all the time we need to live in love and truth, even when the world seems adrift in fear and cynicism. 

 

LONELINESS, LONGING, AND FRIENDSHIP

“It is not good that the man should be alone,” God says of Adam in Eden (Gen 2:8). Loneliness is the first thing about creation that God declares not to be good. Perhaps the most dreadful human experience, loneliness may also be a gift—insofar as it creates in us longing for something outside ourselves, or better, longing for someone—a desire for friendship, both human and divine.

 

EDUCATION

These Table Talks are for those who work in primary and secondary education, whether as teachers or administrators. How does Christian faith illuminate, reframe, and enrich the calling to education? The quarterly gatherings follow the rhythm of the academic calendar and offer space and time to attend to God’s presence in your work, along with other educators.