Beginning the week of July 5th and ending the week of August 16th, St. Cecilia will be offering small group “Zoom” sessions to discuss the Ken Hensley series that was sent out to the parish earlier this year through Word on Fire. The series is a collection of 7 essays with a synopsis below. Sign-up will be limited to 50 people, so if you are interested please do so early for a group spot. Here are a few details:
- Groups will be small (8-10 people) and will be through the online Zoom format.
- Each group will have a facilitator to help guide the discussion.
- Each essay will be provided via email prior to that week’s discussion.
- The first session will be on the same day, possibly a Saturday, and then each group is free to choose a different date & time to meet for the next 6 weeks.
Each of the 3 to 4 page essays deal with the conversion experience of former Baptist minister, Ken Hensley. He explains how he became disillusioned with the Protestant teaching on how one is saved…otherwise known as “Justification”. Though he questioned what he had been taught at seminary, he knew one thing for sure, the Catholic view on this topic was “A damning system of works righteousness” that he would never accept. It took him 10 years to come to the conclusion that this in fact was a gross misrepresentation of the Catholic understanding of Justification.
So what is the purpose of us studying these essays? We Catholics have been poorly catechized and have limited understanding of the differences between Protestant (reform) theology and Catholic theology. The purpose of this study is to equip us with the knowledge we need to defend our faith tradition both scripturally and rationally. This is called apologetics. However, it is important for us to understand that it is not our intention to create an “us vs. them” mentality. But we do need to be able to “always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). If and when we are challenged by non-Catholics (or anyone for that matter), we must be able to understand both the reform teaching and the Catholic teaching so we can properly defend and promote our beliefs. That will be the ultimate goal of this 7 week Catholic Appetizers series. A secondary purpose is to help us explain these truths to family and friends who are thinking of leaving the faith or who have already left. This is especially important for our younger members who are wooed away by non-Catholic traditions that give the appearance of being more “fun” or sounding more theologically convincing.
Please join us in this important discussion! To sign up or for questions, please contact Susan Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-327-7558.