- Faith In Action
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2017 Spring Adult Education/Spiritual Formation Classes
Lent Class: Beyond Borders- Faith Without Fear of the Other
Facilitator Rev. Herb Miller (6 sessions) Location: At the church
Sundays - 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Anti-immigrant sentiment, racism, hate crime and xenophobia, have taken a major hold on our culture. Fear, an important part of our coping mechanism, can also lead us to make all sorts of mistakes in judgement. We will explore how our fear of the other plays into the rising negative sentiment towards outsiders. We will examine questions such as: How do we understand fear in light of our faith that calls us to live without fear? What do two of the major themes of our Judeo-Christian heritage, loving the other, and God coming to us through the outsider, immigrant and those without status, affect the way that we approach the immigrant and outsider? What makes us into a culture of fear? Is fearlessness a good idea? What is the relationship between security and vulnerability, risk and generosity? What might it mean to accept the other without any need for them to become like us?
We will be using two books as our texts: Fear of the Other;No Fear in Love by William Willimon and Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye
Inward / Outward Journey Class- Led by Rev. Herb Miller (6 sessions) Location : At the parsonage
Thursdays - 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20.
Six session beginning March 9 (no class April 13)
This class is for those who are sensing a call to go deeper in their lives of faith. It will explore themes important to those hungering to combine deep spirituality with a Jesus-focused social activism and service to the world. Topics will include: contemplative prayer, more intentional community, lectio-divina prayer, "being with" the marginalized, call, discernment, and loving accountability. We will use as our texts, Finding Our Way Home, by Killian Noe, scripture, and various other articles. The practices used in this class will also prepare individuals well for joining a small group.
In addition to assigned readings, participants will pray with each other, have opportunity to share something of themselves and the practical relevance of what is being explored. To encourage serious reflection, we will be writing one-page reflection papers and have the option of sharing those papers with others in the class.
Confirm Not Conform Led by: Rev Herb Miller
Sundays, 5:00 - 6:30 PM; 7 group classes and brief online meetings on alternating weeks.
A Confirmation class for grades 9-12. This class will provide youth with a safe place to explore the breadth and depth of Christianity and the counter-cultural life of Jesus called us to. It will be a time for asking questions, expressing doubts and discovering what we truly believe. Youth may decide for themselves whether or not to be confirmed at the end of the program. The class will meet together every other week. There will be short web meetings and an opportunity to view short online videos on the alternating weeks. (Seven classes together and a brief online meeting on alternate weeks). We will begin with two sessions together March 5 and March 12, and then continue on alternating Sundays. The class will culminate in confirmation for those choosing to be confirmed on June 4 or another date decided upon by the group.
Growing a Rule of Life - Videos and Workbook http://ssje.org/ssje/growrule/
At Home Study; Option of joining a discussion group before Taize, Wednesdays, 6:30-7PM or Sundays after church. Come to one or both.
This series focuses on God as the Chief Gardener of our souls and helps us use a tool from monastic spirituality and the early Methodist movement called a "Rule of Life" to nurture the growth of our relationships with God, Self, Others and Creation. Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. Join us to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ.
This at-home class uses a workbook to lead us through the major steps of the growing process and helps us create our own unique and balanced rule of life or "Garden Plot" to sustain and expand beyond the 40 days of Lent. This series has been developed by the brothers of the society of Saint John the Evangelista, a religious order for men in the Episcopal Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching of the Virginia Theological Seminary. All are welcome all who are part of the ministry of PSUMC or strongly encouraged to join us on this journey.
Peace Be With You: Bible, Grief, Celebration and Song
Facilitator: Rev. Kathryn Dickinson, Minister of Spiritual Life
Meetings by appointment with Kathryn
Is there a person you were mourning? An event that needs closure in your life? Someone's life you would like to celebrate? Peace Be With You project offers one an opportunity to work with Kathryn and a group of composers and musicians to create new music addressing our grieving and celebrating. We make time to share the wonder of our of lives shared and/or event of a loved one's death, which mutual informs us about possible scripture to use as lyrics. The music score is composed and arranged by one of our musicians and we gather to rehearse. We schedule the sharing of these songs during our Sunday worship service. No experience with biblical mileage required. Join us.
Good Friday Tenebrae Passion Play
Director: Rev. Kathryn Dickinson, Minister of Spiritual Life
Meeting times TBA
Be a part of an ensemble that explores the biblical story leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. We work carefully through the biblical text, adding music and light movement throughout the story. This is a very meaningful experience-- sharing a central story in our faith journey. No performing experience necessary!