Living and Loving the Questions (Lenten series)
The month of March in Maine seems like a particularly good time to gather with friends, share a meal and ponder life’s deeper mysteries. This year Martha and Kate Winters (First Church, UCC) will once again be collaborating to facilitate a weekly adult ed where we explore what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. This year the theme is “Living and Loving the Questions,” using a program called “Living the Questions.”® LtQ is a series of DVD and web-based small group studies “aimed at helping people explore beyond the conventional theologies of traditional Christianity” and wrestle with basic questions that are often, frankly, avoided by the church. It does not offer a systematic theology, but rather is born out of the day-to-day conversations confronting local parishes that involve mysteries of faith and life. Some of the contributors to LtQ include Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, and John Selby Spong, to name just a few. As of this writing the curriculum had not been firmed up, but some possible topics include: “an invitation to journey”; ‘taking the Bible seriously but not literally”; “evil, suffering and the God of love”; “debunking the rapture,” and “embracing mystery.” Living and Loving the Questions meets every Friday evening in March (five sessions), and like last year will begin at 5:30 with a shared bread and soup supper, followed by the program from 6 – 7:30.