Engaging Minds & Hearts

Contemporary Issues Class

First Baptist Church won’t tell you WHAT to think about today’s big issues, but we do want you TO THINK about them. And we’d love for you to join us on these upcoming Sundays as our CONTEMPORARY ISSUES CLASS grapples with the biggest concerns of our time. — Barb and Bernie Drake Co-Chairs

Contemporary Issues Class-Gun Violence - First Baptist Church

Gun Violence in Peoria

Sunday, May 22, 2022
11:15 am in the Sanctuary

SPEAKER: Peoria Police Captain John Briggs will be our speaker. He is the department’s captain over investigations and chairs its department of force board.

That’s a tough job, and we are fortunate to have him join us! Captain Briggs is a Peoria native and a graduate of Knox College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics while playing both football and baseball. He has a master’s in business administration from Bradley. Captain Briggs joined the Peoria Police Department in 2007, working in various capacities, including on a summer violent crimes task force and the FBI safe streets task force.

Please join us at 11:15 in the sanctuary to learn about this critical and difficult issue.

Barb and Bernie Drake, Class Chairmen

Pastor Martin will speak on a very important subject – racial justice and the church’s role in achieving it. As you probably remember, First Baptist has been exploring this issue for nearly a year. Learning through books, films and newsletter articles has been a focus of this effort. And now we are happy that Pastor Johnson has accepted our invitation to help us learn more. We’ll provide more details in a future newsletter but wanted to make sure you reserve the date – and invite friends.

            Welcome back!    Barb and Bernie Drake
Equal Justice Prairie State Legal Services- First Baptist Church of Peoria - Contemporary Issues Class

Legal Services for All

To be rescheduled
11:15 am
In the Sanctuary

April Foster of Prairie State Legal Services will talk about the work the non-profit does to make sure people have lawyers to use even if they have no money to pay them – and why local people need this help.

The class will meet at 11:15 in the sanctuary


International Trade

The Ethics of International Trade: Navigating Nationalism vs. Globalism.

To be Rescheduled
11:15 am
In the Sanctuary

James Foley, Director of International Programs for Bradley University’s Foster College of Business, will speak on the issue in terms of how anti-trade rhetoric and nationalism have become blurred. The resulting controversies make for tough ethical decisions for policy makers.  Besides teaching, Foley also directs the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Illinois International Trade Center at Bradley.

The class will meet at 11:15 in the sanctuary.