Frazer offering class for those afraid to ask questions at church


Frazer United Methodist Church will be offering a class that gives people a place to ask questions they feel uncomfortable asking in church.

The Alpha Course, an international phenomenon that began in England and has swept the United States, allows participants to explore the big questions of life in a relaxed environment. Frazer United Methodist Church will offer the Alpha Course, beginning September 12, for 10 weeks on Monday nights.

Alpha is an introduction to Christianity designed for those who have no prior knowledge of the Bible. Participants explore the meaning of life, the purpose of existence, and the basic claims of Christian faith.

“Sometimes people aren’t comfortable asking questions or discussing their doubts in a formal church setting,” says Frazer Teaching Pastor Patrick Quinn. “The goal of Alpha is to provide a relaxed, non-judgmental, non-critical environment where no question is off-limits and everyone is assumed to be starting from zero in terms of knowledge about Christianity.”

Each weekly session will include a meal, short lecture time, and group table discussions. There is no cost to participants and childcare is available with registration. The course will run Mondays, September 12 through November 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

An introductory dinner will be offered on Monday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m. for those who want to learn more about Alpha.

2 thoughts on “Frazer offering class for those afraid to ask questions at church

    • I’ve taken a few days to read and think about your comment so that maybe I could do justice to answering your question. Bear with me if you will, I’m not sure that your question can be answered very easily or even concisely.

      First, it seems to me that “the church” doesn’t try to justify discrimination of any kind but instead gives a call to action through the Social Principles to act with justice and to honor all persons. “162 The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or economic status.”

      Secondly, Matthew 7: 1-2 is what I think you are referring to? (“‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.”) If so, let me offer up to you this observation found in a commentary of that passage and ask you what you think of this – “Many people have ripped this passage out of context, however. Jesus warns us not to assume God’s prerogative to condemn the guilty; he is not warning us not to discern truth from error. Further, Jesus does not oppose offering correction, but only offering correction in the wrong spirit.” I used this comment (which you can find here: because I think we are called to judge – right from wrong – good from bad – Biblical or human – and then to offer correction not condemnation!

      Does this help? What do you think?

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