EXPLORE THE FAITH THROUGH JOURNEY GROUPS
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“Us Vs. Them” – Is It an Illusion?
As long as there is a “them,” you will always be someone else’s “them.” And, you give up the power you have when you dis-own “them,” when you forget that we are all connected through the human network, the system. In this class, I will teach you how to think in systems where there is opportunity for overcoming polarized thinking, gaining awareness and owning your power in your part of the human system. You can make positive ripple effects for “us” all. This will be a challenging class with homework, so prepare to dig deep.
Leader: Jeanette Hargreaves, MDiv., author and former news producer.
Dates: Sundays 3-4:30 p.m., February 18 & 25, March 4, 18, 25 (no class on March 11).
The Mothers and Fathers of the Church spoke of the importance of otium sanctum or “holy leisure.” More recently, Thomas Merton wrote, “We cannot give ourselves to spiritual things if we are always swept off our feet by a multitude of external activities. Business is not the supreme virtue, and sanctity is not measured by the amount of work we accomplish.” In our fast-paced culture, it can be challenging to set aside time for re-creation. Gathering for Holy Leisure during the first three weeks of Lent, we will engage in a series of creative and meditative practices as a form of otium sanctum and a means of building and sustaining community. Participants are encouraged to bring their journals to guide their personal engagement with each week’s activity.
Leader: The Rev. Denise Muller, SSW Seminarian
Dates: Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m., February 21-March 7
The Music of the Episcopal Church (and how it got that way)
An opinionated (and hopefully entertaining and informative) historical survey of Anglican church music from its origins in the late-medieval Church to the present. The presentation will focus on conditions, practices, and repertoire of choirs and congregations in Britain and its Empire on the one hand, and the special conditions shaping the music of the Episcopal Church in the US on the other. The history and development of the Hymnal of the US Church will also be covered.
Leader: Howard Burkett, Compline Choir Member
Dates: Sundays, 4-5 p.m., February 18-March 25
(no class on March 11).
Suggested Listening/Reading: BBC Choral Evensong, The Hymnal 1982. Further resources will be suggested during the sessions.
The Art of Engaging Holy Scripture
Slow down and soak in the scripture during this preparatory season. This small group bible study will introduce us to the unique spiritual practice, known as The Art of Engaging Holy Scripture. This contemplative method involves personal reading, study, and group sharing. The method enables each person, whether new to bible study or a life-long scholar, to bring our unique questions, experiences, and insights to the contemplation of the Scriptures. As we study, pray, and share together we learn to be alert for the Holy Spirit in the texts and in our personal lives.
Leaders: Rev. Michael Horvath, Sandi Boone, Tom Bell
Dates: Thursdays, Noon-1:30 p.m., February 15-May 3, (skipping Spring Break)
This is a 5-session discussion group on a video teaching series by New Testament Professors Rev. Dr. John Lewis and Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson. Each session will include a video teaching, and then a facilitated discussion.
Session One: Jesus disrupts the status quo
Session Two: Following Jesus means diagnosing what is wrong
Session Three: “What do you want me to do for you?”
Session Four: Recognizing grace points to mission opportunities
Session Five: Paul’s “collection” demonstrates the power of our common life
Leader: Ellen Jockusch
Dates: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., February 18-March 25 (no class on March 11).