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Teaching Sessions with eric barreto

eric barretoEnjoy daily class time with Dr. Eric Barreto exploring the Book of Acts in Easter Worship. Class sessions take place in the mornings of January 6, 7, and 10 and in the afternoon, or evenings on January 8 and 9.

The Book of Acts is often associated with worship in the season of Easter, particularly in lectionary traditions. Barreto’s teaching sessions will consider how key passages from Acts can shape a series of worship services from Easter to Pentecost that touch on key public issues, such as immigration, racial justice, and environmental issues. Particular attention will be given to Latinx theology perspectives and bilingual worship resources. Dr. Martin Tel and Dr. Maria Cornou will share in the teaching.   Participants will outline a sermon series based on Acts for the Easter season, including bilingual (Spanish/English) selections for congregational singing.

Pinnacle Presbyterian church


Congregation-based Theological Education 
Travel to Pinnacle Presbyterian Church for a conversation about congregation-based theological education. At 25 years, Pinnacle Presbyterian has built ministry around doing traditional church programming in innovative ways. Five buildings on 20 acres, including a sanctuary designed to integrate themes indigenous to the Southwest, are a case in point. Their Fran Park Center for Faith and Life is another, developing a national model for congregation-based theological education. On Monday afternoon, January 6, we will explore these themes in a tour and conversation with Rev. Dr. Wes Avram, pastor of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.

Mexican Baroque Organ Concert 
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church (PPC) invites us to experience their internationally recognized Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ. We ask, how can a pipe organ build bridges, bond cultures, and open a dialogue around the topic of cross-cultural relationships? PPC’s organist, Illona Kubiaczyk-Adler, will present a concert of Mexican composers from the Baroque to the present and offer a discussion in the evening on Monday, January 6.

Meeting the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry Today 
Join with Seminary students as Dr. Wes Avram, pastor of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, leads a conversation about the challenges of congregational ministry in our time, holding traditional visions with a nontraditional spirit. Monday evening, January 6.

Sing for Life 
Learn about Sing for Life at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Sing for Life is a newly formed chorus for individuals suffering with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia. Singers are accompanied by a care partner for a two-hour gathering that includes fellowship and singing. Studies show that the results are life-changing for both parties as music is not forgotten for those with the disease. Students and attendees will observe the rehearsal and engage in fellowship with singers and their partners in the morning on Thursday, January 9.


Conversation on Religion and Immigration in Arizona 
Take part in an excursion to Arizona State University for a conversation about religion and immigration, led by Dr. Jason Bruner, associate professor of religious studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Participants will have dinner on their own in Phoenix. The conversation is planned for Tuesday afternoon, January 7.

Reflection and Hike 
Dr. Michael Hegeman, associate director of the Fran Park Center, will lead a group on a hike in the beautiful Phoenix mountains, tackling Piestewa Peak. This time will be spent reflecting on the historic place of Native Americans in this region, current immigration concerns, and our call as Christians to address these matters. Participants will hike at their own pace and cover the full hike or only a portion. Finding a shaded spot to read and rest is an option as well. The hike is set for Wednesday morning, January 8.