“Ash-Wednesday” T.S. Eliot Poem Study Group
When he heard the passages from the prophet Joel read on Ash Wednesday, the poet T.S. Eliot responded not only that he couldn’t turn back to God as Joel urged but questioned why he even should! Indeed, he wondered why anyone would repent, alter what one believes or change one’s life and how one lives? What would cause such changes and lead someone to become committed religiously? Why does anyone need “salvation”? Why Christianity? If someone must change, what happens in the process?
T.S. Eliot raised these and other serious spiritual questions in his poem “Ash-Wednesday” (no that’s not a typo–Eliot spelled the title with a hyphen!). In this study, we will listen for and discuss these and others questions Eliot raised. We will pay special attention also to how, in raising them, Eliot employs frequent allusions to the Anglican liturgy and bible.
Living Room Conversations at St. David’s
Leader: Joyce Palevitz
Be part of a national movement designed to foster respectful, thoughtful conversation. You’ll participate in a small group (5-6 people) engaging in a 90-minute structured conversation on the given topic. This is a wonderful Lenten discipline for those who yearn to truly connect with others, bridge divides, and learn to listen and respond with compassion.
Topics will be:
- Faith in Politics – How we incorporate our faith into our lived experiences
- The Search for Purpose – How we establish what we value most in our lives
- Righteousness and Relationships – How we shape our world through relationships
The Voyage of St. Brendan
Come sail the seas with St. Brendan and his monks! For more than a thousand years, the Voyage of St. Brendan exemplified the pilgrim quest to leave the comfortable and familiar in pursuit of God. Together we’ll explore this ancient story and learn what it has to teach us about living adventurously into the life of a disciple of Jesus.
The Sacred Enneagram: Discover and Understand Your Type
Book: The Sacred Enneagram, by Chris Heuertz
Using The Sacred Enneagram as a guide, this group will explore how this ancient tool can help us awaken to the gifts God has given us, find freedom from our personal patterns that may be obstacles, and grow in acceptance of our identity as children of God. The Sacred Enneagram is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding ourselves in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom to transform our lives. Far more than a personality test, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul. It offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to God and to our true identity as God created us.
The Righteous Mind Discussion Group
“Don’t talk about politics or religion” is popular orthodoxy for families and groups of friends across the country. And yet, most would agree that these two topics occupy a lot of our personal bandwidth as well as an enormous swath of our cultural air space. Why are these two topics so wrought with anxiety? Why are they so difficult to discuss openly and honestly?
Author Jonathan Haidt tries to get to the heart of this question in his 2013 book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by reflecting on the science of moral decision making. Come join us for civil conversations about these potentially uncivil topics!
Lent Madness: What’s Lent and Why the Madness
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Leader: Marty Newkirk
Join us as we explore Lent and the madness of the Saintly Smackdown. Each year, for the past 10 years, the SEC (Supreme Executive Council-the Rev. Tim Schenck and the Rev. Scott Gunn) has selected 32 deserving women and men to vie for the coveted Golden Halo. With its unique blend of competition, education, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants (thousands of Christians across denominations) to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of these saintly women and men.
We will start on Shrove Tuesday so you will know the contenders before you fill out your bracket and the competition begins on March 7 between sisters Mary and Martha of Bethany. Time permitting, we will look back to the combatants from previous years.
We will not meet during SXSW unless you just can’t stand missing out on the latest rumors and upsets.
Spring Adult Confirmation Class
Dates: Sundays, March 10-May 5 (not meeting Easter Day)
Time: 10:15-11:10 a.m.
Leaders: A variety of St. David’s staff members and parishioners
This set of classes is intended to prepare those interested in being Confirmed or Received into the church at the Bishop’s May 12 visit. We will use the Baptismal Covenant as a way of learning a few basics about the Bible, Church history, theology and ethics, liturgy, and the sacraments. This class is also open to anyone who wants a refresher on the basics! For more information, please contact Amy Moehnke to register.