Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities

 

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Led by Margaret Synhorst 

The author has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. Doesn’t God work in the nighttime as well? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all God has to teach us “in the dark” – to move away from our “solar spirituality” and ease our way into appreciating “lunar spirituality” (since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes). Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. Taylor provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers, giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments.

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 17 

Book available online from $15; $8 on Kindle

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The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Led by Rev. Sharon Ragland 

Umrigar vividly captures the social struggles of modern India in a novel of honor, tradition, class, gender and family. It is a portrayal of two women discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against the confines of a rigid caste system. Set in modern-day India, it tells the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than 20 years.

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 14

Book available online from $13; $10 on Kindle

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Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup
Led by Sandi Heilman 

In her award-winning memoir, “Here If You Need Me,” Kate Braestrup (a chaplain with the Maine Game Warden Service) won the hearts of readers across the country with her deeply moving and deftly humorous stories of faith, hope and family. Now, with her inimitable voice and generous spirit, she turns her attention to the subjects of love and commitment in “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.”

Part memoir, part observation of modern marriage, and part meditation on the roles of God and love in our everyday lives, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity is a unique and unforgettable look into why, and how, we love each other, and proves yet again why Kate Braestrup’s writing is “inspirational in the best sense.”

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 28 

Available online for $16; $10 on Kindle

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The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life by Henri Nouwen
Led by Rev. Dr. Roger Pierce 

Nouwen, author of more than 40 books, was considered one of the premier spiritual writers of modern times. From his vast collection of spiritual writing, short excerpts have been gathered and put into this fine book, very readable and helpful thoughts about many aspects of the spiritual life that enrich our understanding of the practice of coming close to God. You will find the book to be inspiring as it flows from the compassionate heart of this remarkable man.

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 26

Books available only in paperback through Cokesbury, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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God on a Harley: A Spiritual Fable by Joan Brady
Led by Susan Putt 

At 37, Christine Moore had a world-class case of burnout: a frustrating career, a few dead-end romances, no husband, no children and a less-than-perfect figure. Little did she know that her life was about to change completely. “God on a Harley” guides us on an inspiring odyssey of self-discovery and authentic, powerful love. As we follow this extraordinary
fable, we join one woman’s triumphant quest for healing and life-changing truths. Every woman who believes in her soul that hopes can be attained, real happiness can be found,
and that each of us can be loved for herself will find in these pages the simple, profound secrets to an enlightened and enriched new life.

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16

Books available online from $14; $12 on Kindle

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Wednesday Morning Study Group
Led by Joylee Gathings, Joyce Flick and Alberta Farnsworth 

New study begins April 7: “Christianity and World Religions” by Adam Hamilton. He examines the world’s major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity – helping Christian readers gain a better understanding of the similarities
and differences between Christianity and the faiths of some of their next-door neighbors.

 

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10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Books available through Cokesbury and Amazon.

This is the revised edition (2018).

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Family Life & Sharing Class
Led by Terry Majewski and Rick Farnsworth 

New study begins April 11: “Sermon on the Mount: A Beginners Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven” by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. The author introduces the major topics in the Sermon on the Mount, explains historical and theological contexts, and shows how the words of Jesus echo his Jewish tradition and speak forward to reach hearts and minds today. Matthew 5‒7 contains some of Jesus’ most profound and most memorable teachings. What might these teachings have meant to his disciples, and to the others who first heard them? How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today? How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live?

 

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1 p.m. Sundays through May 16

Books available through Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Open Minds One-Session Book Discussions
Led by Celeste Pardee and Ann Reaban 

April 23: “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story,” by Hyeonseo Lee (2015). At age 17, Lee escaped from North Korea and fled to China. This memoir offers insight to life in one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships as well as one woman’s terrifying struggle to guide her family to freedom.

 

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9 to 10:30 a.m. Zoom link will be emailed