LCPC Kicks off Election Year exploring Faith in the Public Square
On January 12, La Cañada Presbyterian Church began a five-week sermon series called “Faith in the Public Square” exploring how our faith interacts with the public/political sphere of life. It focuses on the virtue of civility and maintaining strong relationships in the midst of different convictions. According to Senior Pastor, Jeff Hoffmeyer, “An election year is the perfect time for our church to consider, learn, and practice the Christian virtue of civility, and to learn about what is the relationship between faith and politics. This season prompts us to seek to answer questions like, How should we treat each other? How can we listen to those who have vastly different points of view than we do? Is there such a thing as faith and politics? Was Jesus political? How are Christians called to engage politically?” With this sermon series, LCPC hopes in a non-partisan way to provide a theological frame for faith and politics as well as a toolbox for civility to be used with social media or at the dinner table.
In conjunction with the sermon series, LCPC hosted a series of Faith in the Public Square Forums on select Tuesday nights in January and February. The first, on January 21, was on the topic of “Convicted Civility” with speaker, Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary and professor of Ethics. (See video below if you were not able to attend.) This was followed by two topical forums. The first topical forum, “Creation Care & Climate Change,” on January 28 featured speakers, Rick Lyon, local psychotherapist and Kevin Bowman, JPL Climate Scientist. (See video below if you were not able to attend.) The second topical forum, “Race and Reconciliation” on February 18 was led by Mark Labberton, current president of Fuller Seminary and Presbyterian pastor and John Williams, former attorney who is the founder and director of Fellowship Monrovia’s Center for Racial Reconciliation. (See video below if you were not able to attend.)
All are invited to attend worship services and forums at 626 Foothill Blvd, LCF. Sunday worship services are at 9:00am (traditional) and 10:30am (contemporary). Forums will be at 6:45pm on Tuesdays, January 21, 28, and February 18.