All Things Considered

This Sunday at ATC


All Things Considered is a drop-in group for adults that meets in the Chapel on Sunday mornings after worship for about an hour. We begin in September and end in mid-May.  Each program features a speaker who shares their expertise and experience with those in attendance. Speakers have included leaders from local mission organizations, newscasters, judges, authors and many, many more. Please look below to see upcoming speakers.

We also welcome your suggested topics for discussion. Please contact the church office with your suggestions.


This week at ATC:

On February 18  Dr. Tim Knepper of the Comparison Project will be presenting. 

Timothy Knepper is a professor of philosophy at Drake University, where he directs The Comparison Project, a public program in global, comparative religion and local, lived religion. He is the author of books on the future of the philosophy of religion (The Ends of Philosophy of Religion, Palgrave, 2013) and the sixth-century Christian mystic known as Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (Negating Negation, Wipf & Stock, 2014). He is also the editor of a student-written, photo-narrative about religion in Des Moines (A Spectrum of Faith, Drake Community Press, 2017) and The Comparison Project's lecture and dialogue series on ineffability (Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Springer, 2017). The Comparison Project programming currently includes a biennial lecture and dialogue series, a monthly series of open houses at faith communities, an annual interfaith youth camp, and online guides to the "religions of Des Moines." Tim's current projects include and undergraduate textbook and edited collection in "global-critical" philosophy of religion, an edited collection on The Comparison Project's 2015-17 programming on death and dying, and an essay on Jacques Derrida's and Jean-Luc Marion's interpretations of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. 

Born in Pittsburgh, raised in upstate New York, and educated at Boston University (Ph.D., 2005, Boston University), Tim moved to Iowa City in 2002, then to Des Moines in 2005. While desperately missing mountains, Tim is learning to love the expansive horizons of the Midwest.


We gather in the Chapel after worship. All are welcome.


Upcoming Topics:

February 25 is Westminster's Annual Meeting so All Things Considered will not be held.


On March 4 we welcome Interim Executive Presbyter Jim Koopman.


On March 11 there will be not All Things Considered due to Spring Break.


On March 18 we will learn about Family Promise


March 25 will be Westminster Visioning led by Pastor BIll


On April 1 we celebrate Easter, so All Things Considered is not held.




Previous speakers have included:

Mayor Frank Cownie

Izaah Knox, Assoc. Executive Director of Urban Dreams

Tabita Green, author of "Her Lost Year"

Sam Susanin, Young Adult Volunteer in mission participant

Mahmoud Hamad, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science at Drake University

Abe Goldstien, Jazz Historian  

Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of "One Iowa: Equality for LGBT Iowans"