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Thank you for considering a visit to Park Slope United Methodist Church! Whether you are interested in joining us for worship or a community event, we welcome you as our honored guest.  We are located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.  We offer a loving, supportive, inclusive fellowship that celebrates the diversity of our neighboring community.   For more information, contact us at [email protected]

2017 Fall Adult Education/Spiritual Formation Classes

You may register online for any of these classes, or by emailing:   [email protected]

 

A Path Toward Forgiveness: 

Why you should forgive and how to do it. 

A Path Toward Forgiveness: Why you should forgive and how to do it. 
Facilitator Rev. Herb Miller (6 sessions)  Location: At the church
Sundays - 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Recovering  after being hurt by a friend, being a victim of a crime, divorce, layoff  or other upset is very challenging. We all long to be free from these negative experiences, yet often find forgiveness to be too difficult. This experiential class will explore various facets of forgiveness and teach a gentle but realistic plan for achieving it. Each participant will identify one circumstance in which they desire forgiveness and then make use of various exercises to help work toward experiencing forgiveness.

On-Line Course:  People in the Bible: Love and Power
Let by Minister of Spiritual Life, Rev. Kathryn Dickinson 
First in-person meeting: Monday, October 16 at 7:00 — Dinner provided. 
Modeled after our "Women in the Bible" series where we explore how a person’s life intersects with women in the Bible. This round of People in the Bible will explore a relationship --taking a look at how love and power play out in biblical times, while also how love and power are playing out in our contemporary lives. Participants will meet in-person once at the beginning of the process, with subsequent on-line discussion. Our conversation and reflection will culminate in a Sunday worship service. Absolutely no Biblical knowledge necessary — just a willingness to study, reflect and share your experience. 

Workshop: Straight, Gay and What Else?  
Led by:  Linda Mandracchia & Judy LeVan Fram
Class, offered on 2 dates: Thursday, September 28, 7:00 or October 13, 7:00
Have you heard the words, 'queer', 'gender fluid', 'non binary' and wondered what they mean in 2017? Come and explore the recent conversation surrounding gender identities and sexual orientations and discover how we can be a truly accepting, inclusive community.

Workshop: A life changing prayer: the Ignatian Examen. 
Saturday, October 14, 10:00-12:00
Facilitator: Rev. Herb Miller
At the heart of Jesuit spirituality is The Examen, a form of prayer dating back to St, Ignatius of a Loyola in the thirteenth century. It is a form of prayer that focuses on God's presence in our world and active in our lives. It is a form of prayer that is helpful for discernment and seeking direction in life. We will briefly learn some background for the prayer, the steps that make up the prayer, and practice the prayer twice in the time together. 

 

Pop Up Theology: Open and honest conversation with friends about things that matter. 
The format is simple. We gather at a local restaurant for a fun, relaxed, and informal conversation on some topic related to faith, religion, or ethics. Everything is up for discussion -no assumptions, no barriers to entry, no theology you need to prescribe to, no proselytizing, no correct answers.
Alternating Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm, 
Park Slope Ale House, on the corner of 6th Ave. and 5th Street.  
October 3,17, Nov. 7, 21 Dec. 5, 19
Facilitator: Rev. Herb Miller

Why Pray? -Oct. 3   If God already knows what we need, why do we need to pray? 
Saved by the Blood of Jesus? -Oct. 17  Do you find the idea of someone dying for you offensive or life-saving? Is there a sense in which Jesus died for us? What is atonement? What do we mean when we talk about being saved?
The Reformation:Brilliant or Bust? - Nov. 7. 
For many Christians, October 31 is celebrated as “Reformation Day.” Is this something to celebrate? What was gained, what was lost with the Protestant Reformation?
Whatever became of sin? -Nov. 21  People shy away from labeling anything a sin. Have we lost an important concept? How should sin be dealt with? Have we become too lenient in holding people accountable for their actions?
Rapid Fire: True or False? -Dec. 5  This will be a fast moving conversation in which we will look at a bunch of often heard “truths” and decide whether they are true or false, and of course, why? Things like: “Less intelligent people are drawn to conservative ideologies.” “Our choices make us what we are.” “Children should be told the truth about Santa.”
Beer & Hymns - Dec. 19  We will take a short fore into a night of singing. A casual gathering for those who like the idea of singing old-school hymns over a beer or beverage.  Maybe you grew up singing these songs. Maybe you are over church. Maybe it just sounds like fun. Bring a friend and join us. We’ll be sure to do plenty of Christmas tunes as well!

 

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.

Clearness Committees
Are you wrestling with a weighty question or looking for some clarity on a personal issue? PSUMC will help gather a “Clearness Committee.” Clearness Committees, from the Quaker tradition, are based on the conviction that each of us has an inner teacher, a voice of truth, that offers the guidance we need to deal with our problems. But that inner voice is often garbled by various kinds of interference. A clearness committee, made up of a handful of people, provides a safe  space in which one is listened to closely and then  offered non-directive questions to help one listen to their inner voice. No advice is given. We will provide instructions and help facilitate a meeting. For more information, contact Rev Herb Miller or Rev. Katherine Dickinson at [email protected]

You may register online  for any of these classes or email:  [email protected]