Fall 2020 Adult Formation


Events at The Abbey

Spiritual Legacy Book Club
Sundays, Aug. 30-Dec. 20 (not meeting: Sept. 6, Oct. 25, & Nov. 1).
This fall we will read The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century, by Joan Chittister, O.S.B. There are short, assigned, daily readings. We will come together on Sundays to discuss what we have read each week.

Introduction to The Enneagram
Saturday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join us and bring a friend to a quick overview of the Enneagram, a powerful tool for personal transformation, based on a collection of nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others, and the world. No book required. After attending this introduction, make sure to check out these monthly Enneagram discussion groups.

Trisha Taylor

Sunday Morning Lecture: The New Normal
Sunday, Sept. 6, 10-11 a.m.
The New Normal and the Next Normal: Coping and Thriving in a Changing World, Trisha Taylor helps leaders, congregations and couples work toward emotional and spiritual health and maturity so that they can live with joy in loving relationships and can meet the adaptive challenges of our rapidly changing world. She is an ordained minister, counselor in private practice, author of two books and co-owner of the coaching/consulting business The Leader’s Journey.

Thursday Meditation Group
Sept. 17-Nov. 19, noon-12:30 p.m.
Leaders: Lynda Young-Kaffie & Ellen Jockusch
Join fellow meditators for a restorative time of quiet and peace in the middle of your day. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome.


Men’s Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Topic: Soul Brothers: Men in the Bible Speak to Men Today, by Richard Rohr. Leaders: The Rev. Dr. Chuck Treadwell & the Rev. Joseph Perez, Vice President, Pastor Services, Valley Baptist Health Systems

Women’s Retreat

Friday, Oct. 9, 7-8 p.m. & Saturday, Oct., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Topic: What we have lost, what we have gained and what we do with it Leader: The Rev. Katie Wright


New Journey Groups

Racial Healing Dialogue Circles through the Beloved Community
Groups are being formed now. There will be 2-3 conversation circles occurring simultaneously each with 10-12 participants. These programs are intended to be safe places for loving conversations about racial injustices that have been part of our culture for far too long. 

Medieval Reading Group: The Letters of Heloise and Abelard
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 3-Oct. 8
Led by Charles Calhoun Book: Letters of Heloise and Abelard, (Penguin Classics, translated by Betty Radice). This group will discuss Heloise, who is accorded an important place in French literary history and in the development of feminist representation.

The Art of Stillness
Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m., Sept. 12, 19, and 26, Oct. 3, 10, and 17 
Book: The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer. In this season of pandemic, stillness is an uninvited guest. Perhaps, this guest has something to teach us. A six-week long conversation about how we might begin to receive this unexpected stranger of stillness with curiosity, openness, and, in time, even gratitude.

Abbey Enneagram Circle
Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13
Leaders:Caroline Kibler and Calan Thurow. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for personal transformation, based on a collection of nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others, and the world.  

Writing & Sharing Your Spiritual Autobiography
Wednesdays, 7-8:00 p.m., Sept. 16, 23, and 30, Oct. 7, 14, and 21
Leader: Christina Wisdom. A spiritual autobiography is your story of faith in God (or something bigger than yourself), including seasons of belief and unbelief, significant events in your life, tragedy, triumphs, relationships and everything in between.  

Adults of EYC (Youth Group) Wellness Circle 
Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, Nov. 2
Leader: Jenny Campbell. We will assess our current state of balance and wellness, learn important lessons about change, and set weekly goals for changes we feel called to make. The hope is to foster thoughtful conversations during a time of social distancing.  

Navigating Difficult Conversations in an Election Year
Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13
Leader: The Rev. Chuck Treadwell. Join Fr. Chuck for a three-week series on having difficult conversations during an election year. We will address dealing with conflict in general, building trust among people who disagree about important things, and how to find common ground. 

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