Adult Religious Explorations

What Does It Mean To Be A Community of Hope?

A few months ago while writing about what it means to be a Community of Courage, I made the point that I was feeling courageous simply by getting out of bed in the morning in light of my complete lack of hope. And then something beautiful happened. I began noticing people performing acts of kindness. … Continued

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