Small Groups

There are currently two small groups meeting at the church for discussion of topics related to spirituality. One is for women and meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30. The other is for both men and women and meets weekly Thursday evenings at 6:00. One does not need to be a church member to join. We have had folks from other churches or with no current religious affiliation. Group size ranges from 6 – 10 participants. Everyone is welcome and we are always glad to include new members. We typically use a book as a lead-in to discussions. Participants are expected to read a chapter (15-25 pages) each week and be prepared to talk about their reactions (positive and negative) to the reading. Some of our most lively discussions have come out of sections with which someone disagreed! Each meeting begins with sharing of concerns and celebrations and prayer followed by an open-ended discussion of the chapter.

The Wednesday group  is reading The Naked Now by Richard Rohr. Richard Rohr is a Catholic priest and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Drawing from the Gospels, Paul and the great Christian contemplatives, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present.

The Thursday group is reading Selected Writings by Hildegard of Bingen and Mark Atherton. Hildegard of Bingen was a visionary writer, philosopher, poet and music composer who lived in the 12th century. Her writings writings address many issues which are still important today – oppression of the poor, our relationship to the environment and the role of women.

New members are welcome at any time!!  For more information about the groups, please contact Linda directly

 

Books read by Spirituality Groups

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem
Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
Here and Now: Living in the Spirit
God and You: Prayer as a Personal Relationship

 

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