Category Archives: Adult Formation

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

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!

Contemplative Group This Wednesday!

The Contemplative Group will meet Wednesday, October 2 at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room at Good Shepherd.  We begin with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer/meditation, followed by a teaching and discussion. This month we will begin a new series by Fr. Richard Rohr called Exploring and Experiencing The Naked Now – a program based on the main themes of his best-selling book. Contemplative seeing is the “lost treasure” from our Christian Tradition. This series opens Scripture to reveal the goal of religion.

New Schedule for Contemplative Group!

The Contemplative GroupFr. Rohr will now meet twice a month – on the first and third Wednesday of the month.  So, mark your calendars for September 4 (next week) and September 18 at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room.  We begin with 20 minutes of Contemplation/Meditation followed by a teaching and discussion We will continue with our study of Fr. Richard Rohr’s “The Naked Now”.  All are welcome – members and guests. Invited a friend!


The August meeting of the Contemplative Group will be this coming Wednesday, August 21, at 10 a.m.  We will begin with Contemplative Meditation, followed by a teaching from Fr. Richard Rohr’s series “Exploring and Experiencing the Naked Now.”  In this series  we will explore why our ego resists change and growth; what Jesus (the first mystical leader in the West) can teach us, what is useful about popular ideas such as the ‘law of attraction’ and how we can enhance our spiritual awareness without sacrificing reason. All are welcome – invite a friend!