Leaning into Difficult Conversations, Session 1 - Religion and Politics
Over the last couple years our country has gotten more politically divisive. That divisiveness has even spilled over into disagreements in the church - even at Westminster. One of the comments I’ve heard many times is to, “keep politics out of the church.” This sentiment is, I hope, meant for good, perhaps coming from wanting to make sure all are welcome, but in reality, is an impossible thing to do. Our faith will always inform how we live our lives and make decisions, which will inevitably create overlap with our political points of view. Yet, the interaction between our faith and politics is full of many traps and the place of the church in that conversation can be tricky.
Join Pastors Dan and Ken in a conversation, we, as church, really need to have on the interaction of faith and politics. Together we will look at the history of how they have interacted, and also read essays from well-known politicians and faith leaders. Sundays at 10:10 am in the Chapel.
Nov. 14 – History of Religion and Politics part I
Nov. 21 – History of Religion and Politics part II
Nov. 28 – Politicians on their interaction with Religion
Dec. 5 – Faith Leaders on their Interaction with Politics
As part of our Leaning into Difficult Conversations: Religion and Politics
Join us Wednesday, November 17 from 6-7pm
to hear from Rev. Lindsay James
State Representative of Iowa House District 99
PCUSA pastor and chaplain
Lindsay James is the State Representative for Iowa House District 99, Dubuque. Following a career as a college chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston, James relocated to Dubuque where she quickly stepped into positions of leadership. James served as a city commissioner, elected official with ISU Extension and Outreach, active leader in the NAACP, and the co-founding Director of the Loras College Peace Institute.
In 2018, James’ impressive grassroots campaign garnered state-wide attention, several national endorsements, and a featured appearance in a European documentary. Buoyed by an enthusiastic volunteer team, James went on to a resounding win.
In her two terms as a State Representative, James Co-founded Iowa’s first bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus. Led the charge for mobile home protections, and in 2020 passed historic racial justice reform. Lindsay has worked on issues related to affordable housing, food security, children’s mental health, and pharmaceutical costs. Representative James is appointed to the Mental Health and Disability Service statewide commission. She is known for being passionate and principled as well as for forging friendships across the aisle.
Do you love to read? We have a group that meets once per month to discuss a whole variety of different types of books. All women are welcome to join us on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We currently are meeting via Zoom. We pick books and assign them in January so you know ahead of time what book is being discussed each month. When: 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:00 pm Where: on Zoom Co-Leaders: Vicki Grimes and Sandy Lewis. If you would like to join this group, contact Vicki at [email protected] or Sandy at [email protected]
Card Class Ministry
Westminster sponsors a monthly card making class (usually) on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The card ministry mission is to reach out to our church community, especially those unable to join us at church as an extension of Christ's love. We encourage any member to participate through the monthly community cardmaking events, donating some unused cards or dollars for postage, writing cards to members. School age and older welcome. We will acknowledge those people on the weekly prayer list, as well as those celebrating birthdays. Advance sign up is required for kits. Bring a friend, share in the fellowship and creative fun. Cost $15.00 to create four cards. Supplies and instruction included. Contact Bonnie Smith Davis or Ann Northey with your name, phone # and email to sign up. We will social distance and ask that you wear a mask.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Those who knit and crochet at Westminster celebrated their 8th anniversary this year. They meet at 9:30 a.m. on the 4th Monday of each month. They have knitted/crocheted over 500 prayer shawls for those who are ill, grieving, or going through difficult periods in their lives. Each shawl carries with it prayers for healing and comfort to its new owner. If you would like to join this group or you know of someone who could benefit from a shawl, please contact the church office.
At this time, this group is not meeting. We do have prayer shawls at the church available to give to someone in need.
Bible Study for Women: Rev. Cathy Young leads a weekly, in-depth Bible study for women from 9:00 to 10 am on Mondays in the Shared Life Center. All women of Westminster and the wider Cedar Valley are invited to attend the study. Women are asked to bring their favorite Bible. Zoom only at this time.
Men's Bible Study: Join us on Monday's at 9:00 am in the Coffee House. Benefits galore are available: sharing insights, relishing in God's grace, watching fellow men grow in knowledge and also in spiritual strength. You are not required to bring any biblical knowledge with you other than an ability and desire to meet "brothers in Christ."
Our sewing group meets two times a week: Contemporary Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Traditional Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00pm. Our mission is to make quilts and children's clothing for those in need in our community and afar. We are seeking new members. Stop in during either gathering for great fellowship and see what you can learn or where your talents can help out.
Westminster’s PW Gatherings are held in May and November. A noon luncheon is served followed by a program and business meeting. The Coordinating Team meets at 10:00 am on days of the Gatherings and in February, April, June and November.
Sarah Circle and Priscilla Circle meets together at 10:00 am the third Wednesday of each month at the church. In addition, the Presbyterian Women of Westminster serve funeral lunches and help support PW ministries at regional, national and global levels. In addition, the PW recognizes special women for their service to the church.
At this time, this group is not meeting.