Zeteo Class – it’s for seekers
Zeteo is a Greek name chosen for a self-directed adult Sunday School Class that has a less-structured, more open style than usual. Zeteo (dzay-TEH -o) means: “to seek in order to find out by thinking, meditating, reasoning, inquiry” in the Christian tradition of “faith seeking understanding” pursued by Protestants over the centuries, inspired by Augustine, whose Confessions envision faith as a journey-toward understanding.
Who we are
We are works in progress; a back-and-forth of question-marks and exclamation-marks – shaped by personal histories in education, engineering, theology, law-enforcement, health-care, living and travel abroad, parenting, marriage, divorce, other languages (ancient and modern), military intelligence, and biblical studies.
What we do
We meet Sunday in Classroom B (aka the Session Room), First Presbyterian Church, Murray, KY. 9:30 – 10:25 unless our schedule is modified temporarily.
We read and discuss books and other texts. Recognizing the historical limits of language, embedded in time and culture, we are mutually challenged by texts and each other to grow, affirming tentatively, in good humor, knowing that what we affirm today we may question tomorrow. There is no curriculum or textbook. What we read is chosen by consensus.
Class members take turns reading short portions and anyone can contribute to the discussion. We feel a certain freedom to wander apparently off-topic, which the Moderator or other class member links back to the text at hand.
Current and past readings
We are currently studying the Gospel according to John.
Over the last decades, we have most often studied biblical texts, as works embedded (as are we) in time and culture, endeavoring to witness to truth. We consult what scholars say and, as needed, check the original Hebrew and the Greek NT and OT versions circulated in the ancient churches.
Psalm 25:4-5: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me. for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
The Pathfinder’s Sunday School Class will resume meeting at 9:30am beginning on August 27, 2017 in the Church Sanctuary. We read and discuss theology related to our personal situations and past experiences. Some examples of books we have studied include:
“Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White” by Adam Hamilton
“Who is this Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus” by John Ortberg
“Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today” by Adam Hamilton
“Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, a Lenton Study” by John Indermark
“The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” by Adam Hamilton
“24 Hours That Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton
“The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton
“Twelve Ordinary Men: How the Master Shaped his Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You” by John F. MacArthur
“Forgiveness: A Lenten Study” by Marjorie J. Thompson
“Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life” by Marjorie J. Thompson
“Near Death Experiences” and “Proof of Heaven” by Dr. Eben Alexander III M.D.
“Why This Jubilee?: Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season” by James C. Howell
Living the Questions Video Class
This class meets in the Fellowship Hall from 9:30-10:30. Progressive Christian theologians and church leaders discuss a wide variety of subjects. If traditional theology and scriptural interpretation have not been very satisfying to you, then this may be the class for you. This is a place where we can ask the hard questions and recognize that most questions cannot be answered easily or sometimes at all. This perspective understands that the journey of faith is all about questioning and that it is through our questioning that faith develops and grows. Some of the theologians and church leaders you will hear from are: Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Barbara Brown Taylor, and many more. For more on the perspectives represented research Progressive Christianity. Come and join us–it may be what you have been looking for but have not been able to find anywhere.