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.
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!
The next meeting of the Contemplative Group will be on Wednesday, January 16 at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room. Join us for a 20 minute period of contemplation/meditation followed by a teaching with Fr. Richard Rohr. In this chaotic time, these moments of silence and reflection are imperative for our spirituality.
The first Adult Forum for 2019 will be on Sunday, January 6 following the 10 a.m. service in the Conference Room. We will focus on Part II of our study of Buddhism. All are welcome to join us!
The December Taize Service will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the 5:30 p.m. service. This is a contemplative service focused on chant, scripture and silent reflection, followed by the Eucharist. Take time from the chaos to reflect on the true meaning of this holy season.
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.
Our next Adult Forum will meet Sunday, December 2 at 11:30 a.m. We will continue our series on World Religions with a focus on Buddhism.
Because 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.
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.
We will begin this new study this Thursday, November 1, 9:30-11 a.m. in the Conference Room. Participants are encouraged to read the first 54 pages in Part 1 – “There’s Something Going On Here.” (Even if you haven’t read the material, come join in the discussion!)
This Saturday, October 27, the 5:30 service will be a Taizé Contemplative Service with Eucharist. Join us as we pray scriptures, hear or sing chant, and bask in the silence of reverence and awe, followed by coming together at the Table of the Lord.
This month (October 7) we will begin a series focused on major World Religions. The first in our series will be a look at Hinduism. We meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.
CONTEMPLATIVE GROUP will meet this Wednesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room. Following our time for contemplation we will continue with Fr. Richard Rohr’s teaching on “Stages of Consciousness”.
We will begin a new series on Thursday, September 20. We meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. Our series this time is called Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine will analyze and illuminate Jesus’ parables, helping us to understand how the people in Jesus’ time would have understood these parables. This will enable us to understand the meaning they hold for us today – 2000 years later! Just come and join us.
SPECIAL ONE-TIME BIBLE STUDY featuring controversial Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong on his book “The Sins of Scripture”. Bishop Spong will lead us through a summary of the history of Christianity to understand how scripture has been abused in order to foster hatred, prevent the acceptance of modern science and ultimately to inhibit the bringing about of God’s Kingdom. We will meet in the Conference Room on Thursday, September 6, 9:30-11 a.m. To view video go to: Special One-Time Bible Study
Adult Forum will meet on Sunday, September 2, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. This month we conclude our study of “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith”. The focus presentation will be “An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism”. Who are the mystics? Are there any walking among us today? Are WE called to be mystics? All are welcome to join in our discussion!