Spring 2020 Discussion Groups

Throughout the semester we explore different books and topics through our discussion groups, offering a community and a context in which to discuss together different aspects of life and culture in relation to the Christian faith.

These groups are open to everyone—students, faculty, and community members. All the groups meet at the study center.  Find a reading group that interests you and sign up below!

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Veritas Forum Discussion Group

Thursdays, 11am-noon
Starting February 13 (6 weeks)

What does it mean to flourish? How do strength and weakness have important roles in our lives? This group will be a primer to Andy Crouch’s Veritas lecture on April 1 as we read Strong and Weak together. Students who participate regularly in this group will have a chance to meet and have dinner with Andy when he’s in town. 6-week study led by Kylie Garrety and Dr. Bryan Katz.

How Do We Read Complicated Bible Passages?

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm, led by Debbie Carlier and Mary MacDonald
Starting January 29

How do scholars and theologians land on different answers for controversial issues? Come explore this question as we are guided by the text Women, Slaves, and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermenutics of Cultural Analysis by Dr. William J. Webb.

Poetry Group

First Tuesday of the month, 4pm, by VT Adjunct French Professor, Esther Van Dyke, and her husband John
Starting February 3

Come join as we engage with and discuss beautiful poems that will invite us to, in the words of poet Mary Oliver, “pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.” Our monthly time together will be guided by VT Adjunct French Professor, Esther Van Dyke, and her husband John, a Physics post-doctoral researcher at VT. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4pm. 

What does it mean to be part of the Multiethnic Kingdom of God?

6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdays, led by Kylie Garrety, Nick Garrety, and Jefferson Jones

Do you long for more diversity in the body of Christ? Do you wonder what racial justice and racial reconciliation have to do with the gospel? Join us as we seek God’s multiethnic kingdom together by exploring scripture, examining the present, and building hope for the future. Led by Nick and Kylie Garrety and Jefferson Jones. Co-sponsored by CCO and Surge Ministries.

The Drama of Scripture: Finding Your Part in God’s Plan

Mondays, 5:30-7pm, led by Mike Weaver, Director of the Bradley Study Center
Starting January 27 (12 weeks)

Sorry, but this group is closed to new members.  We’ll offer it again in the Fall 2020 semester!  This seminar provides deep immersion in Scripture as we trace the arc of the biblical story from creation in Genesis to new creation in Revelation.  We will consider how all parts of Scripture are connected to one another in the unfolding of God’s purposes and we will explore how our own respective purpose in life is found in God’s larger plans for the world, and particularly what this means for how we live now as college students.  Led by Mike Weaver. Meets Monday nights at 5:30-7:30pm. 

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Previous Discussion Groups

Fall 2019


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