Journey Groups


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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Author Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son. Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel, living with the conviction that she can control the shape of her life with “a surge of determination.” Even as this type of Christianity celebrates the American can-do spirit, it implies that if you “can’t do” and succumb to illness or misfortune, you are a failure. Kate is very sick, and no amount of positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before.  Join us for three weeks of discussion on this beautifully written book.

Leader: The Rev. Carol Petty
Dates: Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Location: Russell’s on Kerbey Lane
Book: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler

Practical Jewish Mysticism

In these two weeks, we will begin to cultivate spiritual practices steeped in Jewish mysticism.  As part of our learning, we will participate in the study of Mussar, which is a Jewish spiritual practice that gives concrete instructions on how to live a meaningful and ethical life.  We will discover our inner lives and develop strategies to improve ourselves.  Curiosity, mindfulness, and thoughtfulness will be encouraged.  No previous background is required.

Leader: Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Dates: Tuesdays, July 31 and August 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Bethell Hall, St. David’s

Work and the Spiritual Life

In this group we will examine the connection between our spirituality and our work lives.  Do we live dis-integrated lives that banish spirituality and faith to Sunday mornings?  Or, can we imagine a work-life that flows from our core values and authentic selves? How is that good for both us and for the organizations for which we work? Using a variety of readings as guides, we will examine how or if our faith feeds or guides our work; how or if our faith is lived out through our work; and how our faith might challenge the way we move through the world, especially at work.

Leader:  Rebecca Hall
Dates:  Fridays, July 13 – August 17, noon – 1 p.m.
Location:  Online videoconference on Zoom (join us from your desk at work)
Readings: readings from a variety of sources will be posted online for participants to read before each class.
Limit: 8 participants

Caring for the Super Senior

Do you have an older parent, in-law or other loved one who can no longer able to care for themselves? Jess Chapin and Laurie Eiserloh will provide a forum to explore the spiritual grace and challenges that accompany the experience of caring for a super senior.  This group will focus on:

  • Relationships as adult children take on the role of parents and siblings learn to relate to each other in new ways
  • Practical considerings such as durable medical equipment, wheelchair accessibility issues, making delicious purees, entertainment, church, memory aides, medical considerations, transportation and hospice
  • Aging in place, nursing homes, medicare and money
  • The joy, challenges, and spiritual growth that are available to families who care for a super senior

Laurie, Jess, and their two children, Oliver and Helen are members of St. David’s, and helped care for Laurie’s mother Helen during the last five years of her life.

Leaders:  Jess Chapin and Laurie Eiserloh
Dates:  June 10, 17, & 24, 10:15 – 11:10 a.m.