Theology

“Tongues of Fire”

An evening theology class taught by Father Adam Spencer on May 21, May 28, and June 4 from 6:30pm-8pm on the fifth floor of the parish house.

God spoke and Creation happened. Jesus spoke and the sick were healed. The Apostles spoke and the church spread. And we too are sent to preach the Gospel, to share the Good News. But author Jonathan Merritt, in his book Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them, argues that the language of faith is an endangered form of speech in our culture. As our society continues to become more secular and less religious it can be difficult to talk about our faith with others. The meaning of and premises behind religious words like “grace” and “sin” and “salvation” can no longer be automatically assumed in conversation. And that’s saying nothing of our own personal reticence about “speaking God.” Jonathan Merritt’s book provides a starting point for a conversation about what we mean when we say these sacred words and how we might speak more comfortably about our faith in our everyday lives.

Join Father Adam Spencer as we explore Merritt’s research and our own language(s) of faith together.