In different ancient communities of Jews and then Christians, over fifteen hundred years, faithful leaders, inspired by God, helped their people ask who God was and what God was doing and what that meant for their lives and the world. These writers didn’t know they’d become a team; but they did, when first Jewish then Christian leaders gathered the letters and books that most helped them answer these questions. The Bible is the product of that God-devised ancient teamwork of authors, editors and compilers with one another. Dr. Allen Hilton helps FPC begin with the Bible to ask those same ancient questions now: who is God, what is God doing, and what does that mean for our lives and the life of God’s world? Other gifted teachers join in the work.
What does doing theology look like in our time? Nearly two millennia of Christians have worked to make sense of the Bible and God’s character in ways that spoke meaningfully to their generation. We call that historic conversation Christian Theology. Some of the greatest Christian minds across that history have joined this exchange of ideas, and now God invites us, 21st-century Christians, to gather at the table with them to God’s glory and the development of thoughtful Christian disciples.Organizing a cadre of teachers and opportunities, Dr. Michael Hegeman is helping FPC build a growing theological community through occasional classes and online resources. Through these, God inspires our own engagement with the questions, “Who is God?” and “What is a reasoned and faithful Christianity today?”
Church & World
The Park Center engages both members of the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church and friends from our region, nation, and world on topics of broad contemporary concern. Issues include justice, shelter, education, the interaction of faith and science, civility in public communication, stewardship of the earth, human vocation, and human transformation. Over our ten years as Pinnacle Theological Center (before being renamed), the Center established a tradition of hosting these conversations. Through a 2011 Templeton Foundation grant, Interface: Faith and Science at Pinnacle was established and began to host a series of lectures, sermons, and programs, along with a monthly Faith and Science Roundtable that is now completing its fifth year.
Of particular concern is the promotion of civility in public discourse. Promoting common good in ways that allow individuals to learn from each other and diminish unhelpful conflict across difference. To that end, FPC partners with House United (a non-profit initiative to address theological and political division) to host Courageous Conversations, facilitate reconciliation, and inculcate civic virtue in church and in the community. Dr. Wesley Avram guides this effort in company with a corps of helpful other voices.
Through a program of learning experiences, travel, educational innovation, leadership development, and the arts, the Park Center will invite members of Pinnacle, partners in other churches, and members of the community to explore the practical dimensions of religious awareness today. These will include opportunities to encounter diversity, build compassion, enhance understanding, and inform action.