Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Friday, 5 April 2013

Porterbrook - Bologna Campus

Tomorrow from 3.30 to 7.00 pm we'll have the plenary session of the Porterbrook - Bologna Campus.

The meeting will be held in Forte Torre Church and we expect about 25 students
from 5 different churches in Bologna.

We'll continue the third and fourth modules of the 3rd volume foundation course.

The third module is Church History in Missional Perspective, taught by Gianpaolo Aranzulla, pastor of Forte Torre Church.

In this session, students will interact with these units:
3. The Reformation
4. The Anabaptists
5. The Puritans
6. The Great Awakening
7. The modern mission movement

"This module looks at the history of the church over the past 2000 years. Henry Ford once famously asserted that, 'History is bunk'. While such negativity reveals much about the ambitions of the great industrialist, it offers little insight into the nature and purpose of historical study.
The gospel teaches us that God has revealed not only his character, but also his will and purpose for his creation. History must be understood as his-story."

The fourth module is Culture, taught by Stefano.
In this session, students will interact with these units:

7. Music: Lady Gaga - Born This Way (2011)
8. TV: Romanzo Criminale (Italian TV fiction on Rome's in the '70s)
9. Book: The Hunger Games

"The goal of this module is to help students to 'engage with culture' in:
1. Understanding what culture is;
2. Looking at the typical Christian approaches to culture;
3. Exploring how the Gospel interact with culture.

The intention of this module is to help students to analyse their culture in the light of the Gospel. Particular attention will be given to analyse more 'products' (films, novels, etc.) than 'structures' (business, politics, etc.). We want to learn at how to share the Gospel in a more meaningful way
to our own culture. So we'll look at tools that will help us to relate the Gospel in normal conversations at pubs, children's clubs, offices, etc.!"

For these units we'll interact with the following clips: