Adult Religious Explorations

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

Marching as a Community of Prophecy

What does it mean to be a Community of Prophecy? For me, today, in this “post-truth” world it means, taking responsibility to find the truth, striving to always speak the truth and committing to speak truth to power, even when it’s scary. Meryl Streep did this recently and I call her a modern day prophet … Continued

What Does It Mean to Be a Congregation of Presence?

Our theme this month is presence and I am immediately reminded of a saying I learned long ago: The past is gone; the future hasn’t happened yet; and the present is a gift. One of the long playing stories of my life that I frequently tell myself, is how I am on a path to … Continued