Sunday Morning Adult Spiritual Formation Classes

Each Sunday Morning
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge
Childcare is always provided.

The Parables of Jesus
Sundays, May 6, 13, and 20
Led by the Rev. Kathryn Carroll

Jesus: itinerant miracle worker, preacher and teacher. He compelled his audiences to understand the world in a new way through his use of parables–meaning, literally, to “lay alongside.” Parables are stories that take common images and “lay them alongside” a larger, and often groundbreaking truth. Some of Jesus’ parables are no more than a few verses; others involve multiple characters and scene changes. During May we will explore some of Jesus’ parables and seek to understand them both in their original context and in their significance today.

The series will be led by Kathryn (Katie) Carroll, an ordained clergy in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). Katie served in various roles at Christ the King in Pinecrest for over twenty years and now works at a private grammar school in downtown Miami. Katie and her husband Phil attend CGUCC regularly. They have four grown children.

Meditation for People Who Don’t Like Meditation: Deep Spirituality in a Modern Age
Sundays, June 10 – July 8
Facilitated by Rick Walters

Have you ever tried meditation but found your mind clogged by worries, schedules, and to-do lists and given up after a few minutes? Have you thought of meditation as an eastern culture thing and not really part of the Christian tradition? Or have you thought it’s boring, empty or not constructive as part of a useful, fulfilling practice to bring joy to your life? Then perhaps this is the class for you. Open your senses to a richer spirituality through arts and media, nature, creative activities like writing and gardening, and cooking. See meditation as something that can happen throughout our daily lives and not just seated in an isolated room. Try some new techniques in a class where you can experience them, not just talk about them, in a safe space for asking questions and sharing ideas with others.

Sunday Bible Study
Sundays, August 5 – August 26
Facilitated by Pastor Megan

During the month of August, we will engage with the four lectionary bible scriptures assigned for each Sunday. We will read from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Psalms, the New Testament and the Epistles each week in a relaxed and conversational atmosphere.

Wednesday Evening Adult Spiritual Formation Classes

What is Pilgrimage? Spiritual and Practical Insights from a Pilgrim
Wednesday Evenings, May 2, 9, and 16
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge
Childcare is provided.

Please join us as we learn about the spiritual practice of pilgrimage, the ancient El Camino de Santiago in Spain, and discuss practical advice for all walking pilgrims like what to pack and how to care for your feet! Our time together concludes with a ¡Buen Camino! reception. Recently returned Gables UCC- member and El Camino de Santiago pilgrim Pierce Withers will lead our conversation.

Wednesday, May 2: The Way of St. James Slide Show: From Sarria to Santiago Practice: Being Present, Travel Light

Wednesday, May 9: Pilgrimage in Western Christianity Group Activity: Walking with Intention Practice: Daily Devotionals, Body Care

Wednesday, May 16: Pilgrimage as Interfaith Practice Group Activity: Tapas Tasting Practice: Hospitality, Journey Home

Lunch and the Bible
Tuesday, May 15
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Join Pastor Laurie for lunch, fellowship and a discussion on one of her favorite Bible passages. Sandwiches, chips, cookies and beverages will be served. Free will donations accepted. Please RSVP to Pastor Megan at 305. 448-7421 ext. 119 or by email at

Upcoming Spiritual Formation Events