Jesus made everything. Jesus cares about everything. Jesus is at work restoring everything.

 

FAITH+LIFE FORUMS

We create forums where people help one another work out the teachings of Jesus and scripture in every aspect of life. As Denver Pres continues to grow, we will continue to include additional life-contexts most important to our community. See below for more info.

 

Adult Education

On Sunday mornings, we offer classes in 6-week sessions. 

The Spaces That Shape Us

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God made humans to not merely interact with creation, but to add to it. Architects dream and design the structures and spaces we inhabit, and when we pay attention to the built environment around us, we recognize how every space we interact with shapes us at a very deep level. Our culture often places beauty in an optional, “aesthetics” category rather than seeing it as a functional, necessary part of both our civic and our internal life. In this conversation, led by architect Will LoPatriello, we discussed how to become aware of the spaces we inhabit and how we can practice observing and interacting with the built environment around us.
 

Growing Together - Following Jesus with Your Spouse

For those who are married, it’s no secret that desiring spiritual growth in your
spouse, though a good desire, can create tremendous tension in a marriage!
How do you communicate your desire to see your spouse grow in maturity,
without nagging? How do you encourage your spouse in spiritual disciplines
and practices, without projecting your own areas of growth onto them? Jason
and Nina Walch led us in this discussion about what it looks like to follow
Jesus together as a couple - wanting better for your spouse, while also helping
your spouse thrive and settle into the unique person that God has created them
to be.

Shame Resilience

Shame has recently become a popular topic of conversation in our culture. But why do we talk about shame? What IS it exactly? Shame can be difficult to define. Distinguished from other emotions (like guilt, or embarrassment), shame is the belief that there is something fundamentally wrong with us, at a base identity level. The experience of shame is universal to every human, by virtue of living life in a broken world, and can show up in every life context - friendship, vocation, marriage, work, parenting, sexuality. Shame scrambles the signals in our brain and body in a way that disrupts our thinking and feeling, and this disruption teaches us to isolate ourselves.  A small, but stacked, panel of Denver Pres people in mental health professions (headed up by Nina Walch) guided us through this conversation, giving us vocabulary to process shame, and helping us maintain hope as we move forward on a path of growth and healing.

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The Reality of the Resurrection

Are the facts surrounding Jesus' life and death actually true? How can we know Jesus rose from the dead, as a real moment in history?  It's certainly a wild claim to hinge our entire Christian faith on. This conversation will help us to solidify not only our own belief about the resurrection but also help us know how to communicate the reality of it to others. Led by Pastor Bill Connors.

Faith+Parenting: Technology & The Developing Mind

Screens, messaging, social media… the benefits of increasing technologies come with costs. Some costs (data plans) are apparent; other costs are not. We considered the wisdom we need and practical steps we can take to help our children grow wise in a technologically savvy world. From strategies for screen time and filtering, to coaching our older children on how to be engaged without being controlled by our devices.

Faith+Life: The Spiritual Power of Physical Practices

Jesus gave the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as powerful gifts to his people, indispensable to Christian spirituality. Yet most Christians would struggle to articulate what Sacraments are, what they do, how they work, and why they are so important to our walk with Christ. This seminar will inform the mind, but more importantly deepen and enrich our celebration of these physical practices that Jesus gave to strengthen our spiritual life. Lead Pastor Bill Connors will guide this conversation about sacraments and spirituality.

Faith+Culture: Housing and Justice

If you’ve been around Denver for more than a few years, you may have noticed that the city is rapidly changing. Have you ever wondered who and what created your neighborhood? Did you know that, for many residents, there is currently a housing crisis, as property costs have grown, while income has not? What does the Bible have to say about land, housing, and cities? Housing issues are inextricably related to education, race, and socioeconomics, and if we don’t understand the history of where we live, it’s difficult to love our neighbors well.

This conversation on November 28, 2017 led by DPC member Meghen Brown provided education to participants about the racial history of Northeast Denver, as well as look at the people and events that have shaped Denver, particularly northeast Denver, over the past 50 years.  The conversation explored how housing policy and market forces have shaped our community, including segregation, discrimination, and gentrification. She also critiqued the two opposite extremes of the “free market” approach and the “social justice” approach to housing, and present a new way of addressing problems: through a more nuanced, hopeful, gospel-informed grid.

Meghan Brown is a Tax Credit Officer at Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) who grew up in the area and has worked with various urban ministries, nonprofits, and local and state governments. Meghan will be co-presenting with her CHFA colleague Kim Martin, First Lady of Zion Temple Church, a NE Denver native, and active with the National Organization for African-Americans in Housing and Metro Denver Fair Housing Task Force.

"No One Can Eat Just One": Food's Effect On Your Body and Brain

On November 7, 2017, DPC members Josh Messer (a physician) and Mark Miller (a counselor) led a fascinating conversation on the inter-play between the food we eat, our brain chemistry, and our faith in Jesus Christ. Of our 16 waking hours, we spend nearly 15% of our time centered around eating and food. We asked, "How does the food I eat relate to my spirituality and faith in God?" 

Faith+Culture: Media Wisdom

Our culture is incredibly fragmented and nobody likes it. We often find ourselves in echo chambers with people who agree with us, but it seems nearly impossible to overcome the current cultural divisions. On October 24, 2017 people gathered for a great conversation, led by Christie Thurstone, on the role that the media plays in this divisiveness. 50 years ago, there were considerably less options for media consumption, but in today's world we are able to consume media that suits our own sensibilities and ideologies. What does it mean for Christians to wisely consume media and faithfully follow Jesus, becoming truly more informed in our opinions and less tribal? Christie is Denver Pres member and nationally recognized journalism professional (former president of the American Society of Professional Journalists, and writer for Chicago Tribune and Denver Post). She now owns her own media company and thinks critically about these issues every day. 

Faith+Life: Understanding Trauma

In the Denver Pres community we seek to love each other well, being known and being seen, even in dark places. As a result, we deeply care about mental health and healing. Christian Swan, a Denver Pres member and therapist who specializes in trauma, led a seminar on October 17, 2017 and provided education around the effects of trauma on the brain and human development, and implications for soul care.  Participants came away with a greater understanding of what trauma is, how to better serve those affected by it, and how to improve personal health of caregivers.

Faith+Culture: Rethinking Normal

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Denver Presbyterian Church hosted a panel discussion, asking questions like:

  • If we are a post-racial society, why are racial inequality and division so stubbornly persistent?
  • Why are the experiences of white and black Americans so different? 
  • How can you help Denver to become a more racially just and harmonious city?

           We also fielded questions from the audience.

Faith+Culture: Recreational Marijuana

No matter who you talk to, substance abuse is not something normally condoned or endorsed. For this event, we held a conversation with Chris Thurstone, a member of Denver Pres, who is a leading voice at the state, national, and international levels regarding substance abuse and a medical director of one of Colorado's largest youth substance-abuse-treatment clinics, as well as an associate professor of psychiatry at CU Denver. 

 We discussed questions like:

  • How should Christians approach occasional, recreational marijuana usage?
  • What does science say about moderate recreational use?
  • How should we think about the data that exists?
  • How does marijuana impact our bodies and brains?
  • At what level is it safe to use?
  • Is it a safer alternative to alcohol?
  • Are there health benefits?
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