The road to an authentic, reliable religious faith inevitably will run through the valley of the shadow of doubt. So the class will draw on the leader’s 2016 book, The Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers, Build Faith, exploring the reality that we live by metaphor, by myth, by allegory. The foundational assumption of the book — and, thus, this class — is that unless people are part of a community that encourages hard questions that can be discussed openly, they’ll never arrive at a faith that sustain them in hard times or even in joyful times. So participants will discuss various Christian doctrines and the idea that asking challenging questions about them can help clarify their meaning. Class members also will share their own experiences of doubt and faith, recognizing that there is more wisdom in a group than in any single individual pondering all this alone.
Bill Tammeus, a native of Woodstock, Ill., is a former columnist for The Kansas City Star. He came to The Star in 1970 as a reporter, spent nearly 27 years on the paper’s editorial page and then moved his column in March 2004 to the weekly Faith section. He took formal retirement in mid-2006 but continued as Faith section columnist on a freelance basis until late 2008. Since 2004 he has written his daily “Faith Matters” blog, which The Kansas City Star features on its website. He also writes columns for The Presbyterian Outlook, The National Catholic Reporter and for Flatland, KCPT-TV’s digital magazine.
A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Bill was a member of the Star staff that won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. His many other awards include several from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the American Academy of Religion, in addition to receiving the 2005 Wilbur Award given each year to the best religion column in the country. He received the David Steele Distinguished Writer Award from the Presbyterian Writers Guild in 2003 and is the author of A Gift of Meaning, published by the University of Missouri Press in 2001, co-author with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn of They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, published in 2009 by the University of Missouri Press, author of Visitation: A Century of Faith, published in 2009 by Rockhill Press, and Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans, published by AuthorHouse in 2014. In 2015 he wrote Jesus, Pope Francis and a Protestant Walk into a Bar, co-authored with the Rev. Dr. Paul T. Rock, which was published by Westminster John Knox Press, and in 2016 he authored The Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers, Build Faith, published by Skylight Paths Publishing.
Bill is an elder at Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Mo., and past president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He’s married to Marcia Tammeus. Between them they have six children and eight grandchildren.
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Cost $425 includes double occupancy room, board and tuitionFull Description