This fall we are introducing the City Church Forum--a speaker series that will engage a variety of topics of life and culture from a Christian perspective. Too often our lives Monday-Saturday are separate from our religious lives on Sunday. The City Church Forum will challenge us to think and live in ways that are integrated with Christian belief. Each of the presentations will take place on a Thursday evening, from 7:30-9 PM at Beth Ahabah Synagogue's Joel House (1123 W. Franklin St.). The first City Church Forum will be Thursday, October 6, and will feature Richmonder Fritz Kling, speaking on 'Global Mission and Local Commitment.' Fritz runs his own philanthropy consulting firm and has also written a recent book exploring the changing face of Global Missions: The Meeting of the Waters. In addition to his expertise in global missions and philanthropy, Fritz has been involved for many years in a variety of causes within Richmond. With others, he has started non-profits like Carver Promise and Richmond Christian Leadership Institute. He also serves on the Board of several organizations making a positive difference in Richmond.
Amy Julia Becker is the second City Church Forum speaker. On Thursday, October 27, she will present her most recent book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny. This 'momoir' is an insightful theological reflection on being the mom of a daughter born with Down Syndrome and grace she has received from the experience. Amy Julia is a former Richmond resident who pioneered the work of FOCUS ministry in area private schools. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and currently lives in Lawrenceville, NJ, with her husband and three kids.
The final City Church Forum of the fall will feature Katie Nienow on Thursday, December 1. Katie is the Director of Development for Hope International, a micro finance ministry, where she has worked for the last five years. Katie will speak on the topic of 'Your Money and Your Heart'--a particularly relevant subject for consideration during the holiday rush of spending and consumption. Katie currently lives in Dallas, TX, but used to live in Richmond while she worked as an Area Director for Young Life.
All City Church Forum events are free and open to public. Come and be challenged intellectually and provoked spiritually.