Theology on Tap
- Categories: Faith
- Event posted: June 14, 2012
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Henry's on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
Tonight at TaP we'll be talking about prayer. Here are some jumping off questions/thoughts....
Why do you pray? What role does prayer (or other contemplative practices, such as meditation, Lectio Divina, etc.) have in your life? Do you believe that prayers are answered, or that prayer can change circumstances? Does that conflict with rational thinking? Why/why not? Do you think that having a strong prayer life or contemplative focus helps you? The contemplative lifestyle is often contrasted with more engaged, politically or publically oriented forms of Christianity. Or even with ministry. How do prayer/contemplation and works relate with each other?
What are your thoughts on structured or recited prayer versus unstructured prayer? What about public versus private prayer?
Is having a close relationship with God important? If so, how do we achieve that/how do we know we have a good relationship with God? Is prayer central to your relationship with God or to your faith? It's often assumed that religious people pray - or that prayer is the measure of someone's level of faith - but that's not always true.
What about creeds/statements of faith or principles? To what extent do you identify with the UCC's statements of faith, or the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds? Do you have your own personal creeds/statements of faith/principles?
Jesus on prayer... “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:5-8)
A few articles... http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2005/08/credo.html http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2011/02/this-is-spiritual-life.html http://servelearngrow.com/2011/08/17/livin-on-a-prayer/
See you in a few hours!