Adult Religious Explorations

People of Courage

What does it mean to be a people of Courage? For me, here and now, it is getting up out of bed and putting one foot in front of the other and carrying on in a world without hope. For the first time, hope seems to be missing and as it turns out, it takes … Continued

Our Chalice Circles 2017-2018

What does it mean to be a people of …  September: Welcome October:  Courage November:  Abundance December:  Hope January:   Intention February:  Perseverance March:  Balance April:  Emergence May:  Creativity June:  Blessing _________________________________________________________________________ Chalice Circles are an important part of our church life. They provide an opportunity to be in a smaller group and explore ideas and possibilities … Continued

Upcoming Programs and Events in Adult Religious Education

Living and Working in the Middle East Saturday, August 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In the Church Sanctuary Dr. Fatmeh Kassem, an educator, researcher, and group conflict resolution facilitator, will present a talk on life as a Palestinian in Israel, her deep interest in gender studies and peace pedagogy, and her longstanding work with … Continued

Upcoming Adult Religious Exploration Programs and Events

Living and Working in the Middle East Saturday, August 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In the Church Sanctuary Dr. Fatmeh Kassem, an educator, researcher, and group conflict resolution facilitator, will present a talk on life as a Palestinian in Israel, her deep interest in gender studies and peace pedagogy, and her longstanding work with … Continued

Monday Meditation Group will host guest speaker, Amoda Maa

The Monday Night Meditation group, along with the Awakening Together in Sumner Spiritual Discussion Group, will co-host speaker and author, Amoda Maa, on Monday, July 17, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. She is the author of several books, including her most recent book, Embodied Enlightenment: Living Your Awakening in Every Moment. Come … Continued

What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Joy?

Recently on “This American Life,” they did a segment on “Coming Out as Fat.” I had recently started a Living Body Positive group with Alana Franklin and Cynthia Hackett, and so several people had recommended that I listen to it. I was born fat. I was three months old when the doctor told my mother … Continued

What Does It Mean To Be a Community of Embodiment?

I was delighted when I opened the Soul Matters packet this month and read the words of Barbara Brown Taylor. She really speaks to me and my life-long “issue” of self-loathing my body. Here is what she has to say: I think it is important to pray naked in front of a full-length mirror sometimes, … Continued

What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Transformation?

“How does one become a butterfly?” Pooh asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar,” Piglet replied.  ~ A.A. Milne   Here are two suggestions for a transformative spiritual practice this month: Option A: A Long Hard Look Author Barbara Kingsolver is a master … Continued

What Does it Mean to be a People of Risk?

Last month we talked about what it means to be a people of identity. Identity for me means I can no longer hide on the fence. I can no longer be so wishy-washy about carefully couching my position on things so as not to be offensive to anyone. Risky business, but Identity was last month’s … Continued

What Does It Mean To Be A Community of Identity?

“Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities from each other. In the process, we become separated from our own souls. We end up living divided lives, so far removed from the truth we hold within that we cannot know the ‘integrity that comes from … Continued