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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)

Thursday Bible Study

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

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!