January 19 & 26: Dr. King's Birmingham Jeremiad with Rich Schwartz
In April, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, leader of a civil rights movement that appeared to be on the verge of collapse. Allowed a newspaper, he read a public appeal from moderate to liberal local clergymen begging him to disengage. His response, "Letter From Birmingham Jail," will be our focus on January 19 and 26.
Over two sessions we'll analyze the letter as amateur historians, as Americans, and as Christians. Master teacher Rich Schwartz is the author of The Prairies on Fire: Lincoln Debates Douglas, 1858. He teaches history at Whippany Park High School and is an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Rich is also a member of the Undoing Racism Project between PCM and Rendell Presbyterian Church.
February 2, 9, 16 – "Emergence" with Tom Sheffield
According to Phyllis Tickle in The Great Emergence, the church is in the midst of monumental change. Not unlike the Reformation, this time is one that will alter the course of the church for all time. This course will explore a variety of ways this new church is emerging in our denomination, in congregational life, and as new leaders are called and prepared for ministry.
Leading this course will be the Rev. Dr. Thomas Sheffield, Pastor Emeritus of the Morristown Church. Tom served at the church from 1973 to 2001 as assistant and associate pastor and then as pastor. In 2001 he was called to Presbytery Pastor of the Presbytery of Denver. His ministry there included visioning, planning and administering the presbytery, pastoral care for ministers and leaders, leadership of the Presbytery Council, consultation with congregations, diversity ministries, mission partnerships, new church development, formation of new worshiping communities, and the Partnership of Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries Committee. Tom retired from his position in 2017 and lives with his wife, Kathy, in Toms River, NJ. Over the years he has served on several committees and task-forces of the General Assembly and he currently serves as convener of the Presbyterian Church's Zambia Zimbabwe Mozambique USA Mission Network. He and Kathy have three wonderful grown daughters, three great sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.
February 2 "Emergence of a New Church" Tom will offer insights on the new developments of life and ministry in the Presbyterian Church. Among them are new worshiping communities, a new global picture for the church, increasing diversity, and new possibilities for presbyteries.
February 9 "Emergence at the General Assembly" This June the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church will meet in Baltimore, MD. With the support of staff from the General Assembly we will hear about and discuss the emerging issues for our whole denomination. Also leading will be Ruling Elders Sherry Guthrie and Linda Gaden, members of the church and former commissioners to the General Assembly.
February 16 "Emergence of New Leaders" Dr. Anne Stewart, Vice-President for External Affairs of Princeton Theological Seminary, will present some of the current dynamics and new possibilities of theological education as leaders for the emerging church are prepared for a challenging future ministry.
Dr. Stewart received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and the PhD in Old Testament from Emory University. She has taught at Agnes Scott College and Candler School of Theology. She is a minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the author of Poetic Ethics in Proverbs which won the 2019 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise.
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