Parish Groups and Activities

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Parish Groups and Activities

Adult Education

Sunday Mornings 8:30-9:15am.

 "FROM POLARIZATION TO INTEGRATION"

Beginning September 16th

  

Ken Wilber and Corey deVos explore some of the causal factors behind so many of the regressive tendencies in our culture and politics these days, from new social pressures coming from social media technologies like Facebook, to the historic evolutionary trends that have formed and informed our major schools of political thought in the first place.

Ken also offers a fascinating “brief history” of today’s political parties, explaining how we can recognize different flavors of political extremism and emphasizing how important it is that we step beyond ideological polarization toward a much fuller alignment and integration of the fundamental polarities at play within and between each party.

Finally, Ken offers his own hopes and visions for the future of Integral itself.

Topics include:

 

    • Social Media and the Shape of the Machine

 

    • Polarization and a Brief History of Poltics

 

    • Quadrants and the Crime of the Enlightenment

 

    • The Emergence of Green

 

    • How to Recognize Political Extremism

 

    • From Polarization to Polarity Management

 

  • The Future of Integral

 

Join us at 8:30 in the Susan Baker Room  All are welcome! 

  Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer group meets every Tuesday from 5:15-5:45pm.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
"Centering prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift.  It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form.  It is not meant to replace other kind of prayer.  Rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on other kinds of prayer.  It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.   It is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.  The desire for God is God's gift to us."  Thomas Keating The Guidelines

  • Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God's presence and action within.
  • Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God's presence and action within.
  • When engaged with your thoughts (including body sensations, feelings, images, and concepts), return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
  • At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

 

 

Prayers and Squares

 Nature's pocket quilt.

What is Prayers & Squares?
Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need.  The essence of this ministry is in the prayers offered for the recipient; it is not about the quilts.

What is a Prayer Quilt?
Very simply, a prayer quilt is a quilt that is made with love and tied with prayers. Each knot tied into the quilt represents a prayer that is offered specifically for someone in need of those prayers. As our congregation gathers for Sunday worship, the quilt is blessed and all present are invited to tie knots into the quilt representing prayers, love and concern for the recipient. It is also our custom to sign a card for the recipient with brief notes of encouragement and love.

Click here to download a quilt request form.