First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

Insight Study Group

Please join us on Sunday from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public. Christian Practices for a New Day: Stewardship and Our Impact on Creation

[Insight @ FPC CR] Christian Practices for a New Day: Forgiveness

Almost all of us yearn for resolution to unresolved conflicts. Incidences of horrifying evil make us wonder how forgiveness can make a difference. It even takes courage to forgive in smaller, day-to-day conflicts. Dr. Damsteegt will be speaking on how the ability to forgive impacts us body, mind and soul. 

Dr. Damsteegt is the owner of Family Psychology Associates, P.C. and is a Licensed Psychologist and a Health Service Provider in Psychology for more than 30 years. He is also an emeritus professor of psychology at Mount Mercy University, and past president of the Iowa Psychological Association. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.

3/24

In the Bible, offering hospitality is a moral imperative, but what are some of the barriers we face to welcoming and engaging with those who are different than us? Angela Weekley, Community Inclusion Manager, Veridian Credit Union will be speaking to us about biases we all carry, even implicitly, how to identify them, and how to overcome them. 
 
Angela Weekley is a foster parent, received the Governor’s Volunteer Award this past summer, and was elected to the Waterloo school board this past fall. She continues to serve on a number of other local and state boards. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public
 
 
3/17
In the face of environmental challenges, the Christian practice of stewardship calls on us to manage our lives for the well-being and livelihood of the small planet home we all share. Our speaker will be sharing about the connection between our actions and the impacts they have on our world.
 
This discussion will be led by Kelii Kennon-Lane, Director of Education, Indian Creek Nature Center. Prior to her work at the Nature Center, she had a decade’s experience in public education, and degrees from Wartburg College (journalism education) and Coe College (education, emphasis in language arts). Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.
 
 
3/10
Christian Practices for a New Day: Singing Our Lives
 
What we sing and how we sing reveals much of who we are, and entering into another’s song and music making provides a gateway into their world, which might be much different from our own. Something is shared in singing that goes beyond the words alone.
 
This discussion will be led by Laura Behrens, a longtime member of the First Presbyterian choir. She is a principal at Red Pen Communications, and has had a long career in broadcast journalism and media research. Please join us from 9 am to 10 am in the Wernimont Room at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Cedar Rapids. These sessions are free and open to the public.