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The Perry Gresham Lectures

Clergy Spiritual Formation Day

Friday,   September 21, 2012



Theology, Ministry, & Disability

A one-day seminar designed for clergy and church leaders that explores the biblical, theological, and ministry-related challenges presented to the church by persons with disabilities by focusing on two major questions: What ought we to think about disability today and how might the church engage with disability in ways that are more welcoming to and inclusive of all people, especially those with disabilities?   

 Participants are asked to read Dr. Yong’s book, The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God (Grand Rapids and Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011). xiii + 161 pp. [Paper ISBN 0802866080), before coming to the seminar.


Registration: $60 ($75 after September 11, 2011). Includes lunch and CTS certificate for continuing education hours

Community Bible Lecture

Saturday, September 22, 2012



The Bible & Disability:

Toward Inclusive Christian Communities

                  This year’s Perry Gresham lecture to be given by Dr. Amos Yong focus on our  growing awareness as a culture of disability.   Often the church is unaware of ways in which they can be more welcoming of persons with disability whether in their programming, facilities, and conversation.  Dr. Yong, whose younger brother has Down Syndrome, speaks from personal experience and a deep engagement with the Bible, and in this presentation will seek to open our eyes to the way in which the Bible speaks to this issue, so that the church can be a truly welcoming and inclusive as a community of faith.

     Participants are encouraged to read his book The Bible, Disability, and the Church, (Eerdmans, 2011) before coming to the presentation.  

Registration: $10  - includes lunch



United Nations International Day of Peace 

International Day of Prayer for Peace

(observed) Sunday, September 16, 2012


The World Council of Churches (WCC) calls on the churches and congregations around the world to observe an International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September. The day coincides with the International Day of Peace initiated by the United Nations. The participants are especially invited to pray and act together for a just peace in communities, nations, and the world.

Come join us at Central Woodward Christian Church as we observe this important Day of Prayer for Peace on Sunday, September 16, 2012



Rippling Hope in Detroit

The Gospel in Action - Sept 8

Come work with Rippling Hope in Detroit!


Join members of Troy Interfaith Group for Gospel in Action - Detroit work project from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, September 8 helping weatherize and make minor repairs on homes of families and neighbors of our Detroit churches.

All ages are welcome to participate. Work day begins at Northwestern Christian Church, 13650 Ilene, Detroit, with orientation and devotions followed by seven to eight hours at the worksites, including lunch break. Registration cost of $25 includes a lunch, an afternoon snack, building materials and project support.


REGISTRATION Deadline is Sept 5th.

To register,    

         contact the Central Woodward Church office at 248-644-0512



Faith in the Public Square: A Conversation with Pastor Bob Cornwall

Central Woodward is sponsoring this conversation about living faithfully in the public square, which will be led by Pastor Bob Cornwall, who recently published a book focusing on just this topic -- Faith in the Public Square (Energion Publications, 2012).  

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New Books by our August Preachers

This August we will again welcome Sara Barton, Assistant Professor of English and Religion at Rochester College and a regular preacher at CWCC (August 12), and Rubel Shelly, President of Rochester College (August 19), to the pulpit.  

Both Sara and Rubel have published new books lately. 

Sara's book is called A Woman Called:  Piecing Together the Ministry Puzzle (Leafwood, 2012).  In this book Sara tells the story of her call to preach, a calling that her faith tradition found it hard to affirm.  That's one of the reasons why Sara so enjoys coming here to preach.  If you've enjoyed hearing Sara preach, you'll want to get a copy of the book.  

Rubel has written many books during his lifetime, but his most recent book has an intriguing title:  I knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian . . . and I liked Him Better Then (Leafwood 2011).  Rubel has been a major voice within the Churches of Christ calling for an end to a rigid sectarianism that led to legalism.  

You can purchase the books through our Amazon bookstore by clicking on he titles.