Explorers Forum video archive

Recordings from our "Live at 11" Zoom discussions.
Thanks to Margaret Anne Butterfield for compiling and editing the videos.

January-February, 2021

Racism in America—The History We Didn't Learn in School

Archives of this series are found in this YouTube playlist.

Presented by Sue Linderman, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Which Gospel? Whose Good News? November-December, 2020

Week 1: November 29

The Reverend Sam Massey leads a Bible study for Advent. In the first installment, he explores the Gospel of John in a session entitled, "Out of Time: The Mystical Jesus."

Week 2: December 6

The Reverend Sam Massey leads a Bible study for Advent. In the second installment, he explores the Gospel of Luke in a session entitled, "All are Welcome: Jesus, Global Citizen."

Week 3: December 13

The Reverend Sam Massey leads a Bible study for Advent. In the third installment this week entitled, "Yippies and Hippies: The Counter-Cultural Jesus," Pastor Sam explores the Gospel of Matthew and asks how we might rethink our identity as individuals and as a church.

Week 4: December 20

The Reverend Sam Massey leads a Bible study for Advent. In the fourth and final installment entitled, "No Deferral, No Denial: The Revolutionary Jesus," Pastor Sam explores the Gospel of Mark.

 

Explorers Forum will resume on Sunday, January 10, 2021. See you then!

Gratitude and Thanksgiving, November, 2020

Week 1: November 8

This series begins with a presentation by John Hanson about his sabbatical experience, the unexpected turns it took during a global pandemic, and how he turned challenges into positive outcomes. John teaches middle school social studies and history at Wilmington Friends School, and he is a friend of the F&C congregation.

Week 2: November 15

This series continues as The Rev. Shannon T. Hanson leads us through an interactive session:

“Are We There [Muted!] Yet? Gratitude and the Zooming Thanksgiving."

Week 3: November 22

This series concludes with a focus on "Graceful Gratitude." Our guest speaker, Marla Blunt-Carter, shares her journey through life, and how being grateful plays a role in her response to significant challenges.

Resources:

The Importance of Begin Colorful: A Journey in Black & White - TEDxWilmington with Marla Blunt-Carter https://youtu.be/ycZALZVF4MA

 

"You've Been So Faithful" - Eddie Jones & the Phoenix Mass Choir

Democracy, Values, and the 2020 Election, October, 2020

Week 1: October 4

Sue and Bill Getman launch the series with a discussion of how political forces have worked (both in the past and in the present) to suppress minority voices.

Week 2: October 11

Sue and Bill Getman continue the discussion by focusing on "Protecting God's Creation: Climate Justice." They are joined by Shweta Arya, the outreach director for Delaware Interfaith Power and Light.

Week 3: October 18

Sue and Bill Getman continue the discussion by focusing on "Moral Health Policies in a Time of Pandemic." They are joined by Scott Siegel of ChristianaCare.

Week 4: October 25

Sue and Bill Getman continue the discussion by focusing on "Respecting the Dignity of LGBTQIA+ People." They are joined by Clarinda Choice and Liz Getman.

Helpful resources include:

The History Around the Word "Queer" on YouTube

https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/

Transequality.org/

The Human Rights Campaign

https://www.genderbread.org/

This Ted Talk on intersectionality

How to use gender-neutral language

https://www.glaad.org/how-sexual-orientation-different-gender-identity

Week 5: November 1

Sue and Bill Getman conclude the discussion by focusing on "Restorative and Racial Justice." They are joined by Rebecca Cotto, Director of Racial & Social Justice for YWCA Delaware.

Helpful resources include:

https://www.delcf.org/take-action-forum/

White Privilege and Racial Realities, September, 2020

Week 1: September 13

Jesse and Judie, an interracial couple, talk about their experiences with work, church, and family, over the decades of being a blended family.

(Note: we neglected to click "record" until after introductions were complete, about 5 minutes into discussion. The video begins after the moderator asked Jesse if he felt he had experienced racial discrimination in the workplace.)

Week 2: September 20

Noble and Patrick, an interracial gay couple, talk about their experiences with work, the police, family, and acceptance within the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Week 3: September 27

Glen and Rich talk about their decision to adopt biracial children, and how First & Central will play a part in their children's lives.