Ministry is …

High Street Church In- Person and Zoom Worship with Rev. Amanda Schuber – November 20, 2022

The act of ministry is something of an enigma for many. What is ministry? What does it mean to minister to someone? Join us on line and in person for this VERY IMPORTANT Sunday as we honor and thank those who have served this congregation in various ministries over the last several years. This Sunday is also our ANNUAL MEETING! We need as many of you there after the service as possible so that the work of the Congregation and our commitment to the democratic process can be fulfilled.

Reading As a Form of Social Protest

High Street Church In- Person and Zoom Worship with Jennifer Lautzenheiser – November 6, 2022

Last month, the American Library Association “celebrated” Banned Books Week. It is not uncommon for us to read of attempts of some in our society to ban certain books from our public and school libraries. But a democratic society must safeguard our freedom to access information and become educated citizens. Open access to information and ideas enhances our ability to govern ourselves and secure the blessings of liberty for those who come after us. Reading and exploring new ideas in our common life thus become the ultimate form of protest against the forces that threaten our democracy.

Jennifer Lautzenheiser is currently the Director of the Middle Georgia Regional Library. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She has served as a past President of the Georgia Library Association and has been honored as Georgia Public Librarian of the Year.

Learning How to Disagree 101: How the Artificial Constraints of a Great Books Seminar Can Help Us Become Better Humans

High Street Church In- Person and Zoom Worship with Dr. Charlie Thomas – October 2, 2022

No sane person thinks that 18-year olds and one quiet professor can sit down with an (often ancient) book (often in translation) and understand it in the same way as they would if authority, expertise, historical context, and linguistic knowledge, etc. were brought to bear on the classroom experience. Something else happens, though, when all of those objectively valuable things are banished from the classroom—students have to let go of the banisters that they’ve held throughout their education. They have to rely simply on the power of their reading, thinking, listening, and talking capacities. They have to be ready to give reasons. They have to be ready to be wrong. They have to be able to change their mind. That is, they have to learn how to be a respectful, responsible, open-minded member of a conversation about serious things. The books we read are important, too, and not every book can sustain the scrutiny necessary for this pedagogy to work, but it is the conversation that matters most.

Dr. Charlie Thomas is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Great Books Program at Mercer University. She is also Executive Director of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, a global association of colleges and universities supporting the use of classic texts and core curricula in undergraduate education. She is also a gifted musician. A former member of blueskyblue, she now partners with two friends in the group sisters of the blue moon.

Holding the Mirror

High Street Church In- Person and Zoom Worship with Rev. Amanda Schuber – September 25, 2022

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish commemoration of the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance. This Sunday we will take a deeper look at the history and meaning of this Jewish High Holy Day, and the wisdom of taking time to reflect and atone for our failings. *Online participants are encouraged to have a mirror or reflective surface handy.