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Parish Groups and Activities

Adult Education

Sunday Mornings 8:30-9:15am.

Living the Questions 2.0

LEARN THE FAITH TO LIVE THE FAITH

Living the Question 2.0 features highly acclaimed scholars and theologians in an open, inclusive and progressive program of Christian adult learning.  Used by thousands of broad-minded Christian communities, this DVD series includes concrete spiritual practices and suggestions for social justice engagement.  The 20-minute episodes allow time for discussion afterwards.  Starting May 7th.

TOPICS:

1. An Invitation to Journey

2. Taking the Bible Seriously

3. Thinking Theologically

4. Stories of Creation

5. Lives of Jesus

6. A Passion for Christ: Paul

7. Out into the World:  Challenges Facing Progressive Christians

The second segment for this series, Honoring Creation, begins June 25th.  

TOPICS:

8.  Restoring Relationships   

9.  The Prophetic Jesus  

10. Evil, Suffering & A God of Love   

11. The Myth of Redemptive Violence    

12. Practicing Resurrection

13. Debunking the Rapture      

14. Honoring Creation

 

 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.



Book Group

Join us at 10:30 Tuesday mornings in the Susan Baker Room.  

Those interested may join at any time.

 A group dedicated to personal growth in faith and understanding, we meet weekly to discuss a book or other publication chosen by consensus. Our book and DVD selections change frequently, so there's something for everybody.  Do you have suggestions for a book you'd like to read and discuss?  If you're interested in getting involved, this is a great time to get your feet wet.  Contact the church office for information about the current study.

The Book Club has decided to switch gears with its next selection starting June 13th, meeting to discuss the British comedy The Vicar of Dibley, based on the arrival of a boisterous female minister to an English country church. This series includes a cast of characters that only a small English country church could conjure up, or maybe not. 

 

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.