“Global Christianity” Theme for Adult Faith Formation in October
October 6, 13, 20 & 27
The Christian Church has many expressions depending on the context. Just consider the many different “flavors” of Christianity represented on the west side of greater Cleveland — dozens of Roman Catholic parishes with strong ethnic/cultural roots; historic European traditions including Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Methodist, American Baptist and United Church of Christ; African American denominations like the Church of God in Christ along with perhaps a dozen historic black Baptist denominations; several unaffiliated non-denominational evangelical and Pentecostal churches; and several ethnic Eastern Orthodox traditions. It can be very confusing for non-Christians. The church of Jesus Christ is not uniform! If that is true here in the U.S., it is also true in the rest of the world to varying degrees.
Beginning on World Communion/Peace & Global Witness Sunday, October 6, the Faith Formation Ministry has planned a series of four presentations in which we will explore the changing face of Christianity across the globe.
- Sunday, October 6 – The Rev. Dr. Steve Gorman, LPC Parish Associate, will speak about his experience of the Christian church in Egypt, including Protestant (mostly Presbyterian and Reformed “Evangelical”), Roman Catholic and Coptic Orthodox.
- Sunday, October 13 – The Rev. Oommen Thomas, retired Presbyterian minister and native of India, will speak on the arrival of Christianity in India via St. Thomas. Christians remain a very small minority in India.
- Sunday, October 20 – The Rev. Ini Ukpuho, National Director of Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, will speak about his role as denominational ambassador to other Christian denominations and non-Christian religions. Rev. Ukpuho will be with us throughout October as an International Mission Partner with the Synod’s Mission to the USA program.
- Sunday, October 27 – Dr. David Ekpe, LPC member and Nigerian native, will speak on the Christian faith in Nigeria including “European” Christianity represented by the Reformed and Presbyterian churches, and the growing popularity of Pentecostalism from the U.S.
The presentations will begin at 11:20 a.m. in Wright Chapel and conclude promptly at noon.