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New Bible Study!

Our Thursday Bible Study will begin studying “Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening” beginning on Thursday, February 7, 9:30-11 a.m. in the Conference Room.  Using a curriculum presented by Fr. Richard Rohr, (a Franciscan and founder of the Center of Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM and James Finley, a former Trappist monk who studied under Thomas Merton at the Abbey of Gethesemani in Kentucky), we will take a close look at the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the teachings of Jesus found in the gospels.  This will be an 8-week series.

Taize Service

A service of Prayer and Contemplation called Taize, will be held this Saturday night at 5:3O p.m. in the Sanctuary.  It will include chant, quiet reflection, prayer, and scripture.  This contemplative time will be followed by the Holy Eucharist.  All are welcome to join us and all are welcomed at God’s table!

contemplative group

The Contemplative Group will meet on Wednesday, December 19 at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room.  We will begin with a 20-minute meditation period, followed by a teaching.  We continue with Fr. Richard Rohr’s presentation called “Falling Upward” which is a focus on what is called the two halves of life.  He states that “great love” and/or “great suffering” aides in moving one from one half to the other.  Join us for this special time of reflection and discussion.

Contemplative Group

Fr. RohrBecause of the upcoming holiday, the Contemplative Group will meet on Wednesday, November 14, at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room. We will begin with a 20-minute meditation/prayer. Following we will continue a new teaching series from Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr called “Falling Upward.” This series is based on his book of the same title in which he describes how in the first half of life we are preoccupied with establishing our identities. In the second part we begin to embark on a further journey that leads into challenges and mistakes that actually shock us out of our prior comfort zones. He states that the message of ‘falling down’-that is in fact moving upward is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions, including and especially Christianity.

Adult Forum – Nov. 4

On Sunday, November 4, the Adult Forum Class will continue their study of world religions with a focus on Taoism.  The classic Tao Te Ching…reveals how both action and contemplation are paths to experiencing harmony, peace, and unity amidst diversity.  Join us following the 10 a.m. service for a closer look at this religion which has existed in China for over 2,500 years.  Taoism2 (1)