Upcoming Course

Restoring Community in a Divided Countryside: Anger and Healing in America’s Heartland


Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson and Rev. Dr. Rick MacArthur

Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Friday, Nov. 15

(Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day)

Location: Koinonia in Grand Junction, CO

Course Description

This course focuses on how today’s political polarization undermines one of the most resilient traditional values among rural communities in America’s Heartland: the capacity and willingness of people in local communities to work and live together as good neighbors, who look out for each other instead of harboring suspicion of each other.


This course will probe the sources of the anger, pain and anguish of rural communities that are routinely ignored by our politicians and the mass media. It will also challenge the destructive justification of using this pain and anger in blaming, shaming, and scapegoating others. We will discuss different examples of religious anger in order to differentiate and ‘weed’ out the negative images of anger above—from the prophetic and truly biblical understanding of ‘rightful’ (‘righteous’) anger in protecting ourselves and all those who are unjustly treated.


Only when we responsibly care for our constructive anger in caring for each other, while

enjoying and learning from our differences, can we restore and heal our increasingly vulnerable communities in the spiritual transformation from enraged to engaged citizens.

Two Ways to Take This Course & Fees

Option 1: Open & Curious Class (open to public)

Participants may register and pay in advance for the public offerings scheduled during the week.

  • $15 per public lecture or $40 for all three 


Option 2: Delving Deeper Class (for those eager to study and delve deeper)

Participants can register and pay in advance for the “in-class” sessions.

Participants agree to read the advanced readings and will be prepared to attend all of the

“in-class” sessions scheduled throughout the four days.

  • $675 per participant 

Daily Schedule for Delving Deeper Class

Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Friday, Nov. 15

Morning class session: 9:15 am-12:00 noon

Lunch 12:15-1:15 pm

Sacred time 1:15-2:30 pm

Afternoon class session 2:30-5:15 pm

Supper/Dinner 5:30-6:30 pm

Daily Schedule for Open & Curious Class

(which includes the Delving Deeper class)

Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Thursday, Nov. 14

Tuesday, Nov. 12: 7:00-9:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 13: 4:30-6:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 14: 7:00-9:00 pm


Marvin Anderson

Rick MacArthur



To register and secure your space:

1) Contact Rick MacArthur and indicate your participation in this class.

Email: coloradopastor@gmail.com   |   Phone: 970-270-1639

2) Bring a check to the first day of class and make it out to:

Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality


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