L’Abri Fellowship - Southborough
Reclaiming Love: Biblical and Scientific Principles for Restoring Relationships (by Andrea Gurney)

Reclaiming Love: Biblical and Scientific Principles for Restoring Relationships (by Andrea Gurney)

August 8, 2019

Reclaiming Love: Biblical and Scientific Principles for Restoring Relationships

by Dr. Andrea Gurney, Professor of Psychology, Westmont College

July 12, 2019

In a world that is more connected than ever before, we are somehow missing the mark on the very thing we were created for — loving, intimate relationships. As a society, we experience more depression, anxiety, and suicide than years past, and it is postulated that a primary reason for the increase in suicide is lack of social connections. This lecture will seek to provide practical tools from relationship science and Biblical truths to equip us in building healthy relationships.

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Liberty and Justice for Women?  by Mardi Keyes

Liberty and Justice for Women? by Mardi Keyes

August 8, 2019

Liberty and Justice for Women?

by Mardi Keyes

July 5th

Why did Feminism happen in America?  In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her husband John, who was a member of the committee drafting the Declaration of Independence. She asked, “…in the new code of laws…remember the ladies, and…Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” She was referring to the law, by which women, upon marriage, lost their civic identity, all rights to their property, to their bodies and their children. The “rebellion” she predicted was later called “Feminism.” John Adams responded dismissively, “Depend on it, we know better than to repeal our masculine systems…” Why is it that in culture after culture, “masculine systems” have defined men as entitled to liberty and justice, while women are not? What light can the Bible shed on these questions?

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“Jazzing Hellwards”: The Painful History of White Protestant Church Segregation and What It Means Today

“Jazzing Hellwards”: The Painful History of White Protestant Church Segregation and What It Means Today

July 4, 2019

“Jazzing Hellwards”: The Painful History of White Protestant Church Segregation and What It Means Today

June 28 – Marta Crilly, Historian and Archivist

From segregated seating in the 1840s to the Memphis Kneeel-Ins of the 1960s, America’s white congregations have a long and painful history of working to promote segregation in church pews. Examining the long tradition of segregationist theology, polity, and culture in the white church sheds light on the current racial situation in American churches, and helps us to understand why 11:00 on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour for American Christians. This lecture delves into the pro-slavery and pro-segregation theology accepted in many white churches in the 19th and 20th century and how that theology manifested in local church practice.

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The Butterfly Effect of the Gospel

The Butterfly Effect of the Gospel

May 31, 2019

The Butterfly Effect of the Gospel

delivered May 10th, 2019

Lecture by Peter Harris

Peter Harris is co-founder of A Rocha Internationalan international Christian orgainization that engages communities in nature conservation.

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There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You - The Life And Work Of Mr Rogers

There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You - The Life And Work Of Mr Rogers

May 22, 2019

There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You:  The Life And Work Of Mr. Rogers

by Joshua Chestnut

presented May 17, 2019

Children’s development specialist Margaret McFarland taught that “anything human is mentionable, and whatever is mentionable is manageable.” This simple yet profound insight into being human was also a guiding principle of Fred Rogers, one of America’s most beloved TV personalities. In this lecture we will consider Rogers’ life, work and faith through the lens of some of his most famous children’s songs in order to see the gentle wisdom of this quirky and endearing Christian man who was fiercely committed to the dignity, intelligence and emotional capacity of children in a culture which all too often overlooke.

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Space, Place, and Grace: Musings on the Meaning of Home

Space, Place, and Grace: Musings on the Meaning of Home

March 27, 2019

Space, Place, and Grace: Musings on the Meaning of Home

 

Mary Frances Giles

March 22, 2019

These days we are surrounded by conflicting messages of "home". An advertisement for a furniture store might be immediately followed by a report on the refugee crisis. Americans are more transient than ever, yet we are obsessed with home improvement shows. This lecture will use the Biblical narrative as a lens to examine what it means to build a home, both in the world and with God.

 

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There Is A Crack In Everything:  Learning From The Broken Hallelujah Of Leonard Cohen

There Is A Crack In Everything: Learning From The Broken Hallelujah Of Leonard Cohen

March 18, 2019

There's a Crack in Everything:  Learning from The Broken Hallelujah of Leonard Cohen

 

by Dave Friedrich

 

Come and listen to Leonard Cohen sing about what "everybody knows," but what we find hard to accept and express in life and faith.

 

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What is the heart and can it be ‘altared’?

What is the heart and can it be ‘altared’?

March 18, 2019

What is the heart and can it be 'altared'?

(given March 8, 2019)

 

Sarah Chestnut

From the muscle-pump that keeps blood moving through the body, to a symbol of romantic love, the heart is understood (and misunderstood) in a variety of ways.  How did the biblical authors understand the heart and what might it mean for Christ to "dwell" in our hearts--and change them?

 

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Political Polarization, Pervasive Loneliness and the Exhausted Middle

Political Polarization, Pervasive Loneliness and the Exhausted Middle

March 4, 2019

 

Saturday, Feb 23
9:30 AM

Political Polarization, Pervasive Loneliness and the Exhausted Middle 

Joshua Chestnut
A recent social survey found that the amount of Americans with no close friends has tripled since the mid-80's and that nearly 25% report having no one in their life who they consider a trusted confidant.  How might these epidemic levels of loneliness, combined with the echo-chamber nature of social media have contributed to our national crisis of political polarization and what are some ways forward for those who find themselves exhausted by the angry discourse by those on extremes of the political spectrum?

 

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A Tree Without Roots: How Can We Reconnect Contemporary Virtue With Christian Belief?

A Tree Without Roots: How Can We Reconnect Contemporary Virtue With Christian Belief?

March 4, 2019

Friday, Feb 22
7:30 PM

A Tree Without Roots: How Can We Reconnect Contemporary Virtue With Christian Belief?

Ben Keyes 
Contemporary psychologists say that it is good for us to forgive, to give thanks and to seek humility. These traditionally Christian ways of life are being recognized as important aspects of human thriving but without any connection to biblical belief. How long can the secular appreciation of Christian virtue last without Christianity. In what ways could this trend be an opportunity to communicate Christian Truth?

 

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