Sunday Forums
9 am Every Week Before Worship (September through July)

     Our SUNDAY FORUMS are thought provoking discussions for adults which cover current events, issues, and other topics of interest to contemporary Christians. They are held on Sundays, 9:00 - 10:00 am, September through July in Lawritson Hall at The Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach, 2088 Beryl Street, San Diego, CA. The Rev. Elvin Harrison will lead the forums unless otherwise noted. Elvin is always open to suggestions for Forum topics.

September 10

"Liberation Theology"

     Simply put, liberation theology is a movement that attempts to interpret Scripture through the plight of the poor. True followers of Jesus, according to liberation theology, must work toward a just society, bring about social and political change, and align themselves with the working class. Jesus, who was poor Himself, focused on the poor and downtrodden, and any legitimate church will give preference to those who have historically been marginalized or deprived of their rights. All church doctrine should grow out of the perspective of the poor. Defending the rights of the poor is seen as the central aspect of the gospel.

September 17

"Abraham Heschel"

     Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Jewish American rabbi, scholar, and philosopher who was very active in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Heschel descended on his father's side from Dov Baer (the Maggid) of Mezeritch and Abraham Joshua Heschel of Apta (Opatow); on his mother's side from Levi Isaac of Berdichev . After traditional Jewish studies, he obtained rabbinic ordination (semikhah). At the age of 20 he enrolled in the University of Berlin, where he obtained his doctorate, and at the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums, where he also taught Talmud and received a second, liberal rabbinical ordination. In 1937 Martin Buber appointed him his successor at the central organization for Jewish adult education (Mittelstelle fuer juedische Erwachsenenbildung) and the Juedisches Lehrhaus at Frankfurt on the Main. Deported by the Nazis in October 1938 to Poland, he taught for eight months at the Warsaw Institute of Jewish Studies. He immigrated to England where he established the Institute for Jewish Learning in London. In 1940 he was invited by Julian Morgenstern to teach at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati where he was associate professor of philosophy and rabbinics for five years. From 1945 he taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) as professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism. In 1946 he married Sylvia Strauss, who gave birth to Susannah Heschel. Susannah followed in the footsteps of her father as a scholar of Judaism. Heschel visited Israel and called for the renewal of the prophetic vision in Zion. He served as professor at JTS until his death, combining his professional activities with extensive social action.

September 24

"Free Speech"

     What does freedom of speech and freedom of expression mean for us today? How should we use this freedom? Can this be abusive. And, what type of restrictions if any should be placed on our freedom of speech and expression?

Sunday 9:00 am:
  Adult Forum
     Check this month's schedule of topics to the left and come be a part of what always promises to be an interesting discussion.

Sunday 10:30 am:
     Our regular Sunday Service begins at 10:30 am and all are welcome.

Tuesday 10:00 am:
  Prayer Group
     Call the church for more info.

Tuesday 10:30 am:
  Bible Study

     Currently we are studying The Book of Romans. Call the church for more info.

2088 Beryl Street
San Diego, California, 92109
Phone: 858-274-6600