Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities

 

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.

Zoom link will be emailed
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

Zoom link will be emailed
Learn, Love, Grow Together Seven-Day Challenge
Join us for the theological background concerning LGBTQI+. Have you always wondered exactly what the Bible says about this and why? Have you ever wondered about
seemingly contradictory statements in the Bible? What exactly does the United Methodist Church say about homosexuality? How are churches in the Desert Southwest Conference and the Western Jurisdiction handling all of this?

An informational meeting on Sunday, Aug. 15 will give you all the specifics you need to participate in this challenge. A daily item (video, article, or podcast) will give you a better
understanding for inclusion of all people in our churches and society. A group discussion of the material will take place Monday, Aug. 23.

 

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Aug. 15-23

No cost

The format (Zoom, in person, hybrid) for this discussion will depend on the number of participants
The Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by William H. Willimon
Led by Linda Walker and Pastor Stuart. This most timely book deals with the divisiveness in our culture. How many of us have said, “I wish there were something I could do about this atmosphere of hostility where everyone feels compelled to take sides and demonize the others?” It has seemed hopeless, hasn’t it? Now there is a chance for us as followers of Christ to learn to lead the way and show that whether or not we agree, we can listen and work together in love.

 

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1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 23-Sept. 27 (five weeks)

Books are available on Amazon and Cokesbury. No class Sept. 6.

Hybrid class will be held in person with Zoom option
The 21-Day Wesley Challenge: To a More Authentic Faith
Leaders TBA. This study reminds us that intentional thought and deliberate action are transformative instruments of grace. The 21 questions will engage us in our physical, spiritual and emotional lives as well as our relationships with God and others. Each question includes Scripture, prayer and thoughts for reflection. A group discussion concerning the daily reading and activities will take place at the end of each week.

 

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Sept. 5-27

The book is available through Cokesbury or Amazon in various formats from $9.99+.

The format (Zoom, in person, hybrid) for the discussions will depend on the number of participants
Comparative Religions
Led by Marlyce Wright. Have you ever wondered what the main differences are between the major religions of the world – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity? Join in this video-based class to see what doctrines and beliefs underlie these. What are some basic similarities, and of course the differences? Come to a new appreciation of the diversity of faith in our world.

 

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2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 2-Oct. 7 This is an in-person class, location TBA.
Unnamed Women of the Bible
Led by Pastor Helen Schindler. NOT for women only! Who were those women who are simply referred to in Scripture as someone’s mother, or daughter, or simply a woman to whom something happened but no name was given to her? We all know about Mary and Elizabeth, Mary Magdalene and Lydia, and Rachel and Leah, but what about the Widow of Zaraphath or the Wise Woman of Tekoah? What role did the Shunammite Woman play in God’s plan and why is it important to us? Let’s explore these women and others in a five-week study and see what their lives have to tell us today.

 

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1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 5

Your Bible is the text for this study.

This is an in-person class, location TBA.
Justice or Just Us? by Rob Fuquay
Leaders TBA. Confronting racism is not just a social or political matter, but a theological one. It is the Bible that calls us to pursue justice, and the Bible that calls us to oppose racism. Justice or Just Us is a four-week video curriculum based on a sermon series and anti-racism commitment by the authors, with week five set aside for deeper discussion.

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 28

No cost.

The format (Zoom, in person, hybrid) for the discussions will depend on the number of participants
I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist
Leaders TBA. Ten personal narratives reveal the shared and distinct struggles of being Black in the Church, facing historic and modern racism. Ten Black women and men explore life through the lens of compelling personal religious narratives. They are people and leaders whose lives are tangible demonstrations of the power of a divine purpose and evidence of what grace really means in the face of hardship, disappointment and determination.

 

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6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 1-22

The book is available through Cokesbury and Amazon in various formats from $9.99+.

The format (Zoom, in person, hybrid) for the discussions will depend on the number of participants