Small Groups

Improv your Faith – Shaped for Mission by Paul’s Improvisatory Hermeneutic

This six session study will explore Paul’s improvisation on a them, improvising with scripture and improv with God’s mission. We will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM beginning October 8. The facilitator will be Rev. Tom Wiles.

  • October 8 – Intro to study, focus on principles of improvisation
  • October 15 – Reading Paul – discovering his use of the Old Testament
  • October 22 – Interpreting Paul – looking for improvisation
  • October 29 – Imitating Paul – tracing the script of Scripture
  • November 12 – An Improvisational Theology – God’s improvisation
  • November 19 – Improvising our Future – preparation for mission

Ongoing groups

There are currently two ongoing 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 women’s  group will start Wednesday, Sept 10. We are reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s The Luminous Web  Essays on Science and Religion. Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest who has read extensively about science. She describes her own journey as a preacher who is trying to learn what insights of physics and the new biology can teach the believer. She seeks to discover ‘why scientists sometimes sound like poets, and why physicists often use the language of imagination, ambiguity, and mystery also found in scripture. ‘

The Thursday group begins September 11 and will be reading and discussing Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill. This book is a part of a series which Cahill calls The Hinges of History, in which he explores “crucial turning points in the formation of Western culture.” In this book Cahill shows Jesus from his birth to his execution through the eyes of those who knew him and in the context of his time.

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

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