Happenings and perspectives from Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor
Here you can find news, articles and resources of all sorts from our first few years as a Blue Ocean Faith congregation. As we enter our third year, we look forward to adding many new posts. Enjoy!
Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer is a Jewish scholar, author, and founder of Zera Avraham, a messianic congregation in Ann Arbor. Mark will speak on the Jewish Mind-Set of Engaging Scripture, as part of our Making Contact series.read more
We’ve seen a great deal of distress post-election, including visitors prompted by the election to look for the support of a faith community. To give you a feel for how we’re approaching this, we offer the following resources…read more
Emily Swan provides an introduction to the work of René Girard, a theorist who developed scapegoat theory—a helpful lens for understanding violence from a biblical perspective. The talk was originally given…read more
Ken Wilson and Emily Swan were interviewed by the Ann Arbor Observer. The interview discusses our history and the events that led to the launching of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor.read more
Join us for worship on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 11am for a celebration of our first anniversary together. Emily Swan will share our vision for 2016, followed by a luncheon after church in the Social Hall. Hope to see you there!read more
Check out Ken Wilson’s response to well-known pastor Tim Keller’s recent book review of A Letter to My Congregation along with Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian. Wilson addresses important gaps in Keller’s review. He speaks to their differences on the role of experience, the value of applying Roman’s 14 to this situation, and what makes a disputable matter.read more
Emily Swan and Ken Wilson call pastors and leaders to end the suffering inflicted on gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender people by simply refusing to enforce exclusionary policies.
Ken and Emily tell a bit of their own story and sketch out an approach to controversial issues called “Third Way” that is rooted in Romans 14–15.read more
Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor (BOFA2) will hold its first “open to the public” service at 11 a.m. on February 8, 2015 in the Social Hall of St. Clare’s Episcopal in Ann Arbor, Mich. The church has been meeting with founding members and friends for several weeks in preparation for this Sunday’s first official service.
The church is grounded in the Christian tradition but has an approach to worship and involvement that is unique in several ways that the pastoral team hopes will provide a welcome home to those who have felt distanced or rejected by some aspects of religious institutions. BOFA2 is part of a growing affiliation of churches known as Blue Ocean Faith.