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Bible Study

Adult Bible meets Sunday Mornings, 9-10 am, downstairs in Dewitt Hall.

Bible Study Winter 2019: Study of Luke January 13-Aporil 7

Winter Bible Study will start on January 13 with an introduction of Luke.  Please join us this winter as we study Luke using the  Seattle Pacific University Lectio Bible commentary for Luke. We use a shared lay leadership approach to our study. We serve coffee and tasty snacks to keep up our strength. We pray and reason together, care for each other and work to make sense of our world from the Christian perspective.  Please join us on the journey. All disciples and seekers of the Good News are welcome!

For more information or questions contact Bill Fay bfay23@comcast.net or Jane Stockert dstockert@comcast.net.

Wednesday Evenings in Lent – Study Program – Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Diana Butler Bass, the author of the multiple award-winning Grounded and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.

More and more people are finding God beyond the walls of traditional religious institutions, but these seekers often miss the church community itself, including its shared spiritual practices such as gratitude. While four out of five Americans have told pollsters they feel gratitude in their daily lives, cultural commentator and religion expert Diana Butler Bass finds that claim to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society.

There is a gap, she argues, between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully—a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself. In Grateful, Bass challenges readers to think about the impact gratitude has in our spiritual lives, and encourages them to make gratitude a “difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world.”

Grateful is partially an individual, emotional response to our circumstances, but research has shown that what we often miss is how much more it is a communal, actionable response. Bass examines this more unexpected experience of gratitude, and reveals how people and communities can practice it and thrive, whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community.

On Wednesdays during Lent, we will gather together to share a simple supper and then to engage in study and discussion to support each other in our Lenten preparation. This year we will read and discuss this book by Diana Butler Bass.

Each evening will begin with a simple soup supper.  Sign-up sheets to provide soup, salad, or bread and help with setup and clean up will be on the Narthex bulletin board. There will also be sign-up sheets for those planning to attend so that we know how much food is needed.  After supper, Debbie Crouch and Mother Mary will guide a discussion of the book. The evening will close with a brief service of Night Prayer or Compline.

The book is available in hardback (unfortunately the paperback edition won’t be released until April) and on Kindle and other e-book platforms. Check your favorite bookstore or local library.  Do join us!

Adult Forums

At various times throughout the year we schedule Adult Forums to augment our intentional Christian Formation program. Through the insights and wisdom of outside speakers, discussion of contemporary issues seen through the lens of our faith, and conversation about how our beliefs integrate our life as Christians in the world, we are formed and transformed. Adult forums are often held between services on Sunday. Extended programs may be offered on Wednesdays in Lent or Advent.

Adult Forums in recent years include: community organizing for gospel justice, sacred conversations on race and racial justice; webcasts from the Trinity Institute; Creation Care documentary film nights; and Living Water.  Our 2018 Lenten program studied “The Book of Common Prayer”.  Planning is underway for our 2019 program which will be announced soon.  Watch for more information at this page.