Embracing Radical Inclusivity
The Foundation for Contemporary Theology is an autonomous educational organization. We do not proselytize in any way and we are not affiliated with a denomination, church, synagogue, mosque, or any other religious or secular group. We encourage nominal and skeptical believers of all faiths and of no faith to join us on a journey that embraces and promotes radical inclusivity and comprehensive compassion in working together for the common good.
We have two interrelated goals in accommodating journeys of the past with the present and the future: we shall continue to provide the tools for critical discussion and debate on the transformative theological crisis that American Christianity has been undergoing for more than a century, and we are now exploring religious perspectives on a variety of contemporary issues that speak to our commonality as human beings. Every event is open to the public.
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You Are Invited To Attend a Town Hall Meeting on February 10th
January 17, 2016
Dear Foundation for Contemporary Theology Supporters:
As you may know, the Foundation for Contemporary Theology is going through some major changes. As of December 31, 2015, Les Switzer has stepped down as Executive Director, and Ruth Seeliger has stepped down as Chair of the Board, although she will remain Administrator. As of this writing, there are no replacements for those positions. The Board of Directors has decided to suspend all regular programs for 2016, but will remain open to co-sponsoring events with our associates and will continue to publicize events on our website. The year will be spent developing a strategic plan for our future, focusing on how to present what we feel to be the deep meanings of theology and its relevance in our lives, in our community, in our nation, and in our world. Our focus is not on statements of faith or on belief systems but on how our theological journeys—whether or not one adheres to a specific religious tradition—can promote the common good.
In that endeavor, we wish to invite you to attend a Town Hall-style meeting at Bellaire United Methodist Church on February 10th to share your thoughts with us as we plan ahead. Prticipants will engage in meaningful discussion and dialogue about contemporary theological and social issues. Questions for discussion will include:
1. How do you envision God, and from where did that image come?
2. How does theology relate to your personal life?
3. How does theology relate to contemporary social issues?
Where: Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd.
When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free (includes lunch).
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This program is free, and the enlivening discussion will be accompanied by a free lunch. If you are someone who is interested is religious and spiritual identity, as well as social change, this meeting is for you! Participants will also have the opportunity to see FCT make a difference in years to come.
Please RSVP by phone at 713-668-2345 or to Cathy Knapp at email@example.com. It is not necessary to RSVP to attend, however, it would be appreciated so that we can get an approximate number for lunch.
We hope to see you at the Town Hall meeting in February!
Board of Directors,
Foundation for Contemporary Theology
JESUS BEFORE CHRIST NOW HAS A NEW E-BOOK EDITION, and it’s available at a cost of $5.99—the same cost as the first edition. The book will be very useful for those Christians who want a better understanding of their own Christian background, but it is aimed at the skeptical believer, the church dropout, and those who reject the religion but seek to understand the meaning of the Jesus Way. It is both a personal memoir and a provocative study. We believe it will also appeal to those of other faiths or of no faith who may have an interest in the themes explored in these chapters. The second edition clarifies a few issues (including some tables), and corrects or revises various statements in response to readers’ comments. Several references have been added and the language simplified in places to render the text more accessible to the reader. The new edition is available from the following outlets in the United States: iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Copla, Gardners, eSentral, Scribd, Goodreads, Oyster, Flipkart, Cianso, EBSCO and Vearsa. The first edition of the hard copy has been sold out, but depending on demand we may bring out a second paperback edition as well. For more information, contact the Foundation’s website (www.contemporarytheology.org) or email Les Switzer (LSwitzer@flash.net).
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