Journey Groups

Feb. 9,16, & 23 | A Study of The Course of Love

The Rev. Ron Smith
The Rev. Ron Smith

Leader: The Rev. Ron Smith
Dates: Sundays, February 9-23, 4:30-6 p.m., Crail C
Optional Book: The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton

Join us for this three-session exploration of what Alain is suggesting to us about how to be married or in any long-term romantic relationship.The British author Alain de Botton appears to believe that there is no problem of human life that cannot be cured or ameliorated through the application of philosophy. His latest book, The Course of Love, is a novel. In this narrative, the relationship of two people is traced from its romantic beginnings through the various changes that time and stress bring. Interspersed in the passages are philosophical reflections that highlight the ethical dimensions of relationships. Alain paints a target on our understandings of romantic love and disabuses the notion that romance is enough. Instead, sacrifice, disappointment, forgiveness, and virtuous character are what keep the two heroes of this tale together. Contact Director of Adult Formation Rebecca Hall for more information. Registration opens in 2020.

Journey Groups Lent 2020

Learning to Speak Truthfully About Jews

We are in an age when once again Christians must confront the problem of anti-Judaism in our culture. As Christians, we have a responsibility to stand with our Jewish neighbors. In this four-week course, we will learn about why Christianity has sometimes offered a distorted view of Judaism. We will look at challenging New Testament passages and look for ways to better understand them and use those insights for the sake of speaking boldly and truthfully about Jews today.

Leader: The Rev. Dr. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski
Dates: Sundays, 10:15-11:10 a.m., March 1, 8, 22, 29
Location: Crail C, 2nd Floor

New Life in Growing Old(er): Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Every phase of life—from our first breath to the last one—has both challenges and blessings. But in what I like to call the last quadrant of life, when we’re growing older (rather than being old), we have the opportunity to live with a new kind of fullness and clarity. In this Journey Group we will approach aging as a dynamic phase of life, exploring questions such as: In this phase do we have a new vocation, a new calling? What spiritual practices can help us reckon creatively and meaningfully with the reality of our changing physical selves and with the number of our days? And, finally, what does all of this have to do with discipleship and with God?

Leader: Ellen Jockusch
Dates: Sundays, 10:15-11:10 a.m., March 1, 8, 22, 29
Location: Crail A

Praying the Scriptures

Come explore an ancient form of holistic prayer, Lectio Divina. This reflective way of Praying the Scriptures provides a contemplative pathway into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Consider making this form of prayer your Lenten practice or simply grant yourself the gift of resting in God’s spirit and love as you go deeper into the Word.

Leader: Lynda Young-Kaffie
Dates: Sundays, 10:15-11:10 a.m., March 1, 8, 22, 29
Location: Crail B

Healing the Open Wound: An Exploration of Border Encounters

In this group we will explore Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, a memoir which describes Cantú’s experiences as a border patrol agent on the U.S. Mexico border. This book offers a nuanced, empathetic account of a timely political issue and immerses us in the physical environment of the borderlands. He also uses many Christian allusions to invite us to reflect on how we create and cross borders, how we grapple with violence, and how we seek healing and transformation. Participants are recommended to purchase the book, in order to gain the most from our weekly discussions.

Leader: Laura Hernández-Ehrisman, PhD
Dates: Sundays, 10:15-11:10 a.m., March 1, 8, 22, 29
Book: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú (please purchase from Amazon or another book seller. Holy Grounds will not carry Journey Group books).
Location: TBD

Signs of Life: Video-based teaching with the brothers from Society of St. John the Evangelist

This group will take up the major themes and symbols of Christian worship, exploring the deep levels of meaning they convey and revealing how God is prepared to meet us in and through these sacred signs. Each week in Lent we will explore a fresh theme – Light, Water, Food, Shelter, Community – drawing from Scripture, Christian tradition, and worship. We invite participants to consider the deeper meaning of these themes and of the symbols that convey them, especially as it relates to their own lives. This year, St. David’s will again join with the Brothers of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge MA. for a weekly video presentation.

Leader: Roger Temme
Dates: Sundays, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
Location: Library

Learning to Walk in the Dark

This group will explore a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find God even in darkness, and giving us a way to let darkness teach us what we need to know. Participants are encouraged to read the Introduction and Chapter 1 before the first gathering. This study is offered by The Fellowship, The Abbey’s recovery community. All are welcome.

Leader: The Rev. Carol Petty
Dates: Sundays evenings, time TBD, March 1, 8, 22, 29
Book: Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor
Location: Guild Parlor