Human Flourishing 01

Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Professor of Christian Ethics at Seminary of the Southwest, is our guest lecturer. His topic, Human Flourishing:  A Preface for Hard Conversations, sets a foundation for us to explore racism, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and other difficult-to-talk-about topics. Why? Because God calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

We will listen to Dr. Bader-Saye’s lecture together and then discuss: What we did learn about human flourishing?  How does it inform the way we experience our Baptismal Covenant? 


With a shared understanding of Human Flourishing, we launch into a series of book studies & discussions:

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin DiAngelo, PhD.

Love is the Way, by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

A video lecture featuring Prof. L. Michael White which discusses same-sex relationships in Bible verses

Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Speaking of Sin: The Lost Language of Salvation by Barbara Brown Taylor

No Innocent Bystanders: becoming an ally in the struggle for justice.  Shannon Craigo-Snell & Christopher J. Doucot

We conclude Human Flourishing 01 with a lecture from The Rev. Danielle Tumminio Hansen, PhD.  Danielle invites us to empathic allyship.

Course Schedule: Tuesdays at 7 pm CT on Zoom

September 14, 21, 28:  Dr. Bader-Saye’s Lecture; White Fragility (intro thru chapter 5)

November 2, November 9, November 16: White Fragility (chapters 6 thru 12); Love is the Way (intro thru chapter 3)

December 7, December 14: Love is the Way (chapters 4-conclusion)

January 4: Dr White’s lecture

January 25, February 1, February 8: Not in God’s Name (Chapter 1 – 7)

March 1, March 8, March 15: Not in God’s Name (Chapter 8-15)

April 19, April 26, May 3: Speaking of Sin; No Innocent Bystanders (intro – chapter 3)

May 31: No Innocent Bystanders (chapter 4 – conclusion)

June 7: The Rev. Danielle Tumminio-Hansen’s lecture