Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Christians and the Common Good

Book Description
Legacy Church has begun to partner with other churches in our city to address needs that are impossible to meet without the cooperation of other churches.

For example, on April 27 and 28, we will join seven other churches to partner with the City of Plano in order to serve our community. We call it Community Impact Weekend.If you live in the Plano area, please feel free to join us. You can sign up to serve here.

Another aspect of partnering with the Big "C" Church to meet needs in the name of Jesus, is creating a dialogue around how our faith intersects our public lives. In order to start such a dialogue, three pastors and three churches have joined together to discuss this important topic.

Father Bruce Bradley, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Community, Rev. Dr. David Batchelder, West Plano Presbyterian Church, and I will host community dialogues at the three churches around the topic raised in the book, Christians and the Common Good by Charles E. Gutenson. (Read a description of the book here.)

In an election year, we wanted to provide a community forum to discuss the issues raised by being a people of the Book and a people called out to be salt and light servants where we live, learn, work and play. We also wanted to move beyond the narrow boundaries of political ideology to seek a biblical perspective on how we live our lives as Christians in our community.

The schedule of dialogues:
Thursday, April 19 Host Church, Legacy Church, Speaker, David Batchelder
Thursday, May 3 Host Church, St. Elizabeth Seton, Speaker, Gene Wilkes
Thursday, May 17 Host Church, W Plano Presbyterian, Speaker, Bruce Bradley
These will prove to be exciting and stretching experiences for those involved. Please make an effort to join at least one of the dialogues. I believe the experience will truly help you form  your own understanding of how to live out your faith in your community.

In running news:

I ran the Seton Soles 5K last Saturday, which raised funds for The Monsignor Henry V Petter Endowment Fund that supports Peace and Justice in Collin County. The course literally was in my neighborhood. I walked out my front door and down the street to the starting line. Ran in my Altra Zero Drop Instincts. Scott Peek and team put on a great race. Here are the results.

2 comments:

Daniel Forbes said...

For people interested in these issues, you may want to look at the magazine FIRST THINGS. Outstanding scholarship and conversation on the intersection of faith and public life.

faithrunner said...

Thank you for the recommendation, Dan. I'll take a look. I would suspect you are well-read on such topics.