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On next Thursday, March 25, we will discuss the Netflix 4-part series, “Unorthodox”. This series is based on the true story of Deborah Feldman, as told in her book, about her life as a Hasidic Jew in New York and her journey out of that lifestyle.

Anyone who has watched this series, or would like to, is welcome to join us at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the many-layered psychological implications and messiness of marriage, family and community relationships – especially is a strict conservative lifestyle.

Meeting ID: 891 1467 1362
Passcode: 684514

Lenten Study

Join Fr. Dave, Fr. Don and Mel tomorrow night, 2/17, as we journey through this Lent taking a close scrutiny of the Lenten Disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, Good Works, Study and ending the Thursday before Holy Week (3/25) with Repentance: Preparing for Holy Week.

Members of Good Shepherd, St. David’s in Cranbury and St. John’s in Chews Landing have been invited, but please feel free to extend an invitation to all.

Class begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 8:45 p.m. Zoom ID is 451 815 3355 (no password required).

Thursday Study

Join us this Thursday, January 28, for our new study of the Book of Revelation. We’re using the book by Barbara Rossing “The Rapture Exposed”, but if you choose to not get the book, feel free to participate anyway – there’s a lot of additional information for discussion and learning. 9:30 a.m. Zoom ID 891 1467 1362 -password 684514.


NEW THURSDAY STUDY to begin on Thursday, January 28.  In the preface to her book, The Rapture Exposed, Rev. Barbara Rossing (a New Testament Scripture Scholar at Lutheran School of Theology, writes “Love and healing – not Armageddon and war – are the messages people of faith must keep lifting up as God’s vision for our world.  The message of the biblical book of Revelation is not of despair or war, but of transformation and justice. It’s tree of life and river of life give hope for each and every one of us and for our whole war.” If you would like to participate in this study, please order your copy of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation by Barbara R. Rossing. This will be an eight-week study, so order your book Today! We meet at 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Mel Caron for more information at Zoom ID 891 1467 1362 and password 684514,

Thursday Study Group


The next study for our Thursday Group will be of Bishop John Shelby Spong’s book Why Christianity Must Change or Die.  During last spring and the course of this school year, the predicament Christianity finds itself in with declining attendance and membership has become paramount in our discussions.  Bishop Spong wrote this book about 20 years ago.  We decided that we would read it and discuss which insights have come to past, which ones we agree on and those we don’t (of course we all may not be in full agreement on these either!)  However, the discussion should prove interesting.  Purchase a copy of the book (available on Amazon) and come prepared having read the first Chapter for our meeting on February 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.  Questions?  Contact Mel Caron at

Contemplative Group

We meet this coming Wednesday, February 5 at 10 a.m.!  Join us in the conference room, spend 20 minutes in quiet contemplation followed by a section of Fr. Richard Rohr’s talk on The Naked Now. We welcome our group members who come from other churches or have no church affiliation, along with our Good Shepherd members. Our door is open to everyone.

Thursday Study Resumes

Due to Mel’s accidental fall, we were unable to resume last week, but we’re back on schedule for tomorrow!  Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room as we pick up with Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith.  This week’s focus will be on our Evolving Faith lives.  Each session in this series can stand alone, so if you haven’t participated before, please feel free to ‘drop in’.

Thursday Study Resumes

The Thursday Study Group will resume this week, January 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.  We continue with Session Four of “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith.”  At our last session we took a closer look at the Creation Stories.  In this session we will take a closer look at An Evolving Faith.  Faith isn’t stagnant.  We’re not meant to carry the faith of our childhood, but rather allow that faith to mature in it’s depth and understanding as we moved into and beyond adulthood.  My faith isn’t the same now as it was even five years ago and I don’t expect it to be the same in the next five years!  I’d be disappointed if it was as it would mean I haven’t been growing spiritually.  Come and join us for this video presentation by scientists, physicists, theologians and biblical scholars and a discussion by the group.

Contemplative Group

Below is the schedule during the upcoming holidays for our Contemplative Group which normally meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays.  Please mark your calendars for these changes:

November 20 – We meet

December 4 – No Meeting (Holly Fair Setup)

December 18 – Meet

January 1 – No Meeting (New Years)

January 15 – Meet


New Thursday Study!

Beginning this Thursday, November 6, we will begin a new study titled “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith.”  This is a study of the communion of faith and science, exploring the promise of evolutionary Christian Spirituality. Rachel Held Evans said that it is risky to continue to evolve as a person – “Risk is harmonizing my conviction, my faith, my desire to follow Jesus Christ with what I see in the world, with what I observe, with what I’ve been taught growing up versus what I encounter as a young adult myself.”  Join us at 9:30 a.m. as we look at this week’s topic, “Toward Healing the Rift.”

Contemplative Group

Fr. RohrThe Contemplative Group will meet on both the first and third Wednesdays of November – November 6 and 20.  We will continue with our study of Fr. Richard Rohr’s “The Naked Now” starting the second talk of the series.  In this talk, Fr. Richard leads us to experience a new way to process reality, not knowing by thinking, but by encountering.  Join us at 10 a.m. on these two Wednesdays for a quiet time of meditation followed by a talk and discussion!

Adult Forum Tomorrow!

Living in the Bible Belt for almost half a century, I cannot tell you how many times I was asked “Are you saved?”  Being the flippant person I can be, I sometimes responded “From what?”  Most often I said that wasn’t my theology.  In our Adult Forum this week we will hear what Marcus Borg’s theology is on the topic of “Salvation”.  We’ll also discuss what each of our participants believe on this subject.  Join us in the Conference Room at 11:30 tomorrow and share your perspective!