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 Challenge of Paul
A Video and Bible study, based on the work of John Dominic Crossan
Sundays, January 12 – March 29
Paul is one of Christianity’s most impactful, yet most debated and misunderstood figures. In The Challenge of Paul, John Dominic Crossan gives us the benefit of his lifelong search for the Paul of history to create a new understanding that sheds new light on Paul and why he is more relevant than ever today.
John Dominic Crossan brings Paul “alive” with his distinctive presentation style. In this provocative series, Crossan confronts our traditional understanding about Paul that seems to support anti-homosexuality, slavery, patriarchy, and the subjugation of women.
Refreshments and childcare are provided.
The Gospel According to Mary Oliver (and Other Women Poets)
Sundays, April 19 and 26
Mary Oliver was the kind of old-fashioned poet who walked the woods most days, accompanied by her dog and a notepad. She picked up the habit as a child in Maple Heights, Ohio, where she found walking the woods, with the poems of Walt Whitman in her knapsack, as an escape from an unhappy home life. In these walks, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself. Like Rumi, another of her models, Oliver seeks to combine the spiritual life with the concrete: an encounter with a grasshopper, the wagging tail of a dog, or the beauty of rising before dawn. “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” she writes.
In this season of Eastertide, we will spend two weeks looking at the poems of Mary Oliver and other women poets who teach us about using nature as a springboard to the sacred and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, and resurrection joy in all that is. Led by Pastor Laurie.