Human Rights in Turkey: A Woman’s Perspective
Sundays, January 14 and January 21
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Join Lesley Salas and our Gables UCC friends from Turkey, as we hear testimony about the current regime and together seek strategies to build awareness about this crisis threatening human rights in Turkey.

A Book Study: The Way Forward
Sundays, January 6 through 27 (4 sessions)
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the Library

On Sunday mornings in January, church members Art Trotman and Sandy Leon will be leading a study of the book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported. The authors of the book are E.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann. E.J. Dionne, Jr., is a columnist for The Washington Post, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and professor at Georgetown University. Norman J. Ornstein is Resident Scholar the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic. Thomas E. Mann is a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The book is laid out in two parts, the first being an overview of “Trumpism” and all of the factors that led to the result of the 2016 presidential election. This will be the focus of the first class. The second part is titled “The Way Forward,” and it will be the focus of the remaining classes.

Sermon Feedback Café
Sunday, January 14
12:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Join us after worship for a conversation with the Rev. Bob Chase as we reflect on his morning sermon. Bob served as Founding Director of Intersections International, a global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, where he worked globally in the field of cross-cultural dialogue. Prior to Intersections, he served as Executive Director of the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Bob spent over a decade traveling across rural China, townships of South Africa, favelas in Brazil and the United States interfacing with diverse populations highlighted in his more than 100 documentaries. He has produced and directed such award-winning social justice documentaries as Troubled Waters; Strong Roots, Fragile Farms; LPFM: The People’s Voice; and Call Me Malcolm. He has also been featured on CNN, The New York Times, and Associated Press.

His book, Beyond the Comma: Life at the Intersection, explores how we navigate the changes after “comma moments” in our life journeys. Some of these moments are intricately planned and self-created like a sabbatical or the birth of a child; others are imposed by external forces—sometimes violently or without warning—like an act of terror or a devastating illness.

Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot, says, “Chase has written nothing less than a manifesto for how to live a reflective, active life in the modern world.”

Books are for sale each Sunday at the Spiritual Formation table for $20.00. They make great Christmas gifts.

Lunch and the Bible
Tuesdays, December 19 and January 16
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Join one of our pastors for lunch, fellowship and a discussion on one of their 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

Sophiology Course
Wednesdays, January 3 – February 28
8 Sessions – No Class on Ash Wednesday, February 14
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

There is a great hunger to recover the feminine aspect of the Divinity. In this challenging time of “me too,” join Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis, Phd., a Biblical Scholar and Greek Orthodox Priest, as we study and celebrate Sophia-the Wisdom of God. The course will give us the opportunity to study this fascinating and ‘esoteric’ window into the progressive and even proto-feminist thought of pre-revolutionary Russia. We are pleased and honored to welcome back Dr. Bouboutsis to Gables UCC.