The Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton is sponsoring a series of presentations that will delve into the general topics of faiths and religions.
Henry Rietz, chair of the Grinnell College Religious Studies Department will lead the first session to be held at the church, 308 E. 2nd St. N. (east of Fareway), at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, where participants will discuss the topic "Is the Bible True?"
Rietz will draw on examples from the Hebrew Bible, Christian Scripture and Dead Sea Scrolls to help those attending reflect on how people use texts and contexts to create meaning. The goal of the session is to equip people to respond to those who invoke the Bible in making truth claims.
Rietz will also lead the second session, set for Wednesday, March 7, where the topic will be, "The Truth is Out There." This session will introduce different ways of thinking about religion.
A subsequent session will address Islam in a session lead by Caleb Elfenbein, an assistant professor at Grinnell College. Dr. Harold Kasimow, the George A. Drake Professor of Religious Studies, who is on senior faculty status at Drake University, will discuss Judaism in a later session. He is a Holocaust survivor.
The gatherings are designed to be informal with ample opportunity for questions. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited. For more information, contact the church at 792-3773.