We explore Christian identity and mission under the biblical vision of reconciliation with prayer, biblical reflections, and social analysis.
In the Mosaic Gathering, we desire to equip our learning community as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation. To do so, we offer short teachings that expand and deepen our theological and biblical foundation for lifelong faithfulness. After these 10-15 minute talks, we spend at least 30 minutes in table discussion, where we learn from one another. View a session in which Dr. Peter Cha introduced the concept of creative dislocation to help our community think through our identity in Christ.
We also desire to address “hot topics” that are currently affecting our communities. In doing so, we hope to model how the church can create spaces for dialogue, learning, and mission around these challenging areas. For example, one series we explored, “Criminal Justice: Racialized? Colorblind?”. During that month, we heard from a lawyer who gave us insight from the streets to the courtroom, from a theologian who gave us a robust theological framework, from a panel of pastors and jail chaplains, including one formerly incarcerated, who gave us insight from the inside of jails and prisons, and finally from a PhD student who helped us integrate and process our learnings and experiences. To complement our on-campus learning, Mosaic offered a field trip to Lake County Jail, and we also collected Christian books to donate to the jail. We concluded our series in corporate prayer and worship.
The Mosaic Gathering takes place in the Waybright Center on our Deerfield campus every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:20pm, and participants include students, faculty, staff, and local pastors.