Peace Church offers opportunities to broaden our understanding of faith. While this is always a part of worship, there are times we are more intentional in what we offer. Such opportunities are consistent with our values which encourage critical thinking.
Currently we have two groups that meet for critical thinking and discussion, a third which will be Clemson University based is in the development stages.
Our congregational life includes a Bible Study Group. Our group is “come as you can” and assumes a Progressive Christian approach to Bible Study. We understand the Bible as sacred scripture and thus the most important book there is for Christians. We understand the Bible neither as inerrant nor to be interpreted literally. Rather we seek both historical (putting ancient texts in their ancient historical contexts) and metaphorical (focusing on more-than-literal meanings) interpretations.
We meet weekly and welcome both visitors and questions. If you would like to drop by and “check us out”, please do so. We have a light supper beginning at 6:30 and then about 7:00, we turn our attention to our study. Most weeks we are finished shortly after 8:00. If you have questions, please direct them to Cynthia at 865-654-5079 or at CynthiaKWarner@mac.com.
Beginning in November the focus will be on the Prophets of the Old Testament
Book Discussion: Who Lynched Willie Earle? by Will Willimon
In 2016/17 we discussed a the book The God We Never Knew by Marcus J. Borg. The book led readers to go “Beyond dogmatic religion to a more authentic contemporary faith.” For such discussions, we look for public places where ALL might feel comfortable–a library, coffee shop.
As we look toward 2017/18, the format will change slightly. In the fall of 2017 will be engagement with Who Lynched Willie Earle? Willie Earle was the last man lynched in South Carolina. His burial place is in Clemson. He was lynched near Greenville after being taken out of a jail in Pickens. Its our story–as in local. Willimon is a highly respected author from Greenville who teaches theology. He looks at the subject of prejudice through the lens of a sermon that was offered in Pickens shortly after the lynching and looking at newspaper accounts. Ideally, this book discussion will take place on three dates in three locations: Pickens–Part 1, Abel Baptist, the Burial Place of Willie Earle–Part 2, and a 3rd location for closure.