How Do We Live Our Faith?



Date(s) - 11/10/2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the next LIFE at Eden, “How Do We Live Our Faith.” Again this month, this is a Saturday only event at Eden Theological Seminary.

Click here to see the agenda.

Certificate Course

Church History

Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd

How can we cover 2000 years of church history in one day? Come find out as we use two biblical questions as our guides: “Who do you say that I am?” and “What must I do to be saved?” The answers may surprise you!

Rev. Dr. Ployd approaches the study of history not simply as facts about the past, but as a resource for our current and future ministries as a way to broaden our theological imaginations. “We are able to take a journey in our faith alongside those who have come before us and learn from them.”

Recommended Reading: Church History: An Essential Guide, Justo Gonzalez, (Abingdon, 1996).

About Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd
Rev. Dr. Ployd is an Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Eden Seminary and a commissioned Deacon and member of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC).

Elective Course

Mindfulness and the Mind of Christ: Exploring intersections between Buddhism and Christianity

Rev. Bill Perman

This course will explore where and how Buddhist thought and practice shed light on the life and teachings of Jesus and St. Paul. For instance, how can the Buddhist concept of No-Self (anatman) help us understand Jesus’ demand that his disciples deny themselves? How does the Buddhist understanding of interbeing help us more deeply experience Paul’s understanding of the church as the Body of Christ? Because Buddhism is more concerned with practice that with ideas we will take time to practice walking, sitting, guided and deep relaxation meditation. We will also attend the Saturday morning gathering of the Midwest Moon Sangha which meets each week on the campus of Eden Seminary.

The elective course will be assisted by Rev. Charles Allen Lingo Jr.  See below for more information about Rev. Lingo.

Recommended Reading: Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn and
Thich Nhat Hahn’s Five Mindfulness Trainings (various versions are available on the internet)

About Rev. Bill Perman
Rev. Bill Perman is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis in University City. Bill is married to Deborah Krause who teaches NT at Eden Seminary. Bill is also a member of the Midwest Moon Sangha, a Sangha (church) practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.



About Rev. Al Lingo
Rev. Charles Allen Lingo Jr is a lay Dharma teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Plum Village and a Protestant minister. Al Lingo guides the Breathing Heart Sangha in Decatur, Georgia, and mentors aspirants for the Order of Interbeing in North America. He has led mindfulness practice retreats, and offered training events highlighting the psychosynthesis program called “Unconditional Love and Forgiveness.”

Eden Theological Seminary
475 East Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

Directions to Press Hall

For More Information Contact
Jill Schantz
Phone: 314-918-2554
E-Mail: [email protected]

The LIFE (Lifelong Learner Institute of Faith Exploration) program welcomes laity and clergy seeking to explore their Christian faith. Participants spend Saturday on campus in fellowship with others, taking either a certificate or an elective course, worshiping and eating together.


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