Cafe: Adult Sunday School     9 - 10 AM

Everyone is welcome at TLC’s Café (aka grownup Sunday School). We study the Bible and how God’s word applies to our lives today. Join us downstairs, in the café, which is next to the kitchen.

Questions are encouraged. We look at different translations of the Bible, the historical and societal context of when the Bible was written, and protestant teachings from other denominations (some of us weren’t raised in the Lutheran church).

We always have coffee!

 

New to the café is a lending library of the book-club reads as well as other Christian books and Bible-study resources. Please look for the “Lending Library” signs on the book cases for books to share. Feel free to borrow at book anytime you're in the building.

Links & Docs for Discussion

August 7 & 21 Conversation

Do you remember washing your car 20 years ago? Insects were splattered over the windshield. Nowadays that doesn't happen so much, does it? Scientists associate the dramatic decline in insect populations with industrial agricultural practices, especially habitat destruction and pesticide use.

We'll discuss:

Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides on Produce

The Trouble with Food

Lutheran Theology of Creation: A New Reformation

The Bible, Creation & Ecology

July 31 Conversation

More Bible stories we don't read in church, but which raise questions about faith, life and human behavior.

2 Samuel 13: Amnon and Tamar

Acts 5: Ananias and Sapphira

July 24 Conversation

Cafe combines coffee, tea and a "tasty" Bible story, one “never” read in church.  Check out the oldest known story in the Bible: Judges 4 & 5

Historial Context:

Mount Tabor

Why is Mount Tabor significant?

Who was Deborah?

July 10 Conversation

Joy is the word for this day! Bring a happy memory:  something that nurtured faith in God and humanity, something that made you laugh or cry with tears of joy. 

 
July 3 Conversation

Last week, we began our discussion about abortion in the Bible, examining the history of abortion in both Testaments. This week, we will study the social statement of the ELCA about abortion.

ELCA Pastoral Message on Abortion

77 Shocking Abortion Statistics

Come listen, hear, share, laugh and cry. We do. Downstairs with coffee in hand. Tea if you want it.

 
June 19 & 26 Conversation

We continue our discussion of what the Bible says about violence. Homework: read this summary from Wikipedia about Christianity and violence.

 
June 5 Café Conversation

What shapes our/your response to violence for these Biblical people: Samson, Isaiah (II), Peter at Gethsemane, Jesus at the Temple, or in front of Pilate? 

 

What does the Bible teach us about responding to violence?

April 10 Notes

Video: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Case for Reparations

ELCA's Declaration to People of African Descent

 

TLC's Doin' the Work list of learning materials about white privilege, racism, and social justice.

Groups/Events working for racial justice:

Power - an interfaith action coalition with local chapters for Philadelphia and the surround metro area

April 3 (and March 27) Notes

 

Video: Systemic Racism in America

ELCA's Declaration to People of African Descent

 

TLC's Doin' the Work list of learning materials about white privilege, racism, and social justice.

Groups/Events working for racial justice:

Power - an interfaith action coalition with local chapters for Philadelphia and the surround metro area

History of Slavery & Main Line Faith Communities, sponsored by the regional Interfaith Racial Justice Group

March 20 Notes

ELCA's Declaration to People of African Descent

Video: Repairing the Breach: The Episcopal Church and Slavery Atonement

This introduction is free but precedes a documentary series on the slave trade in the North (for "rent").

March 13 Notes

ELCA's Declaration to People of African Descent

Video: Danger of a Single Story

March 6 Notes

Into the Wilderness - study of mark 1:9-15

February 27 Notes

A look at the Beatitudes - comparing the different versions from Matthew and Luke 

February 20 Notes

The Lord's Prayer dialogue continues ...

Christian Art Steeped in White Supremacy

Forgive us our what?

Paul's Letters & Modern Race Relations

 
February 13 Notes

The Lord's Prayer dialogue continues with a look at Jewish roots, and Gentile influences, as well as changes over the first four centuries. Also a comparison between Matthew and Luke and the influence of the Qumran community northwest of the Dead Sea in what is called the West Bank.

 

How do we "see" Jesus?

What did Jesus really look like?

The 7 Oldest Paintings of Jesus

Christian Art Steeped in White Supremacy

Codex Vaticanus

February 6 Notes

Debts, Trespasses, Sins - English translations for the same Bible Words. Which one is most compelling? Which does faith teach, or Jesus mean? What do we mean when we pray that our debts be forgiven, or sins, for that matter? Open discussion in Cafe. 9 a.m. Sunday.

From Bible Odyssey: The Lord's Prayer

January 30 Notes

From Bible Odyssey: The Love Passage (1 Corinthians 13)

January 23 Notes

From Bible Odyssey: How was the Bible formed?

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