Here are our plans for Adult Sunday School this Spring. As with our Fall series, our Spring series will be entirely virtual or (weather permitting, and group-members willing) outdoors. We are again running three separate discussion groups, led by different facilitators. Each group will meet 3 - 6 times before the middle of May on a schedule to be set up once it is known who has signed up for each one. You can sign up for more than one group if you like. Descriptions of each group are pasted below my signature, and there is also a brief video below the text. To sign up for a group, please email the person listed as the group’s facilitator no later than Sunday, January 24. The groups will begin meeting after the signup deadline has passed and exact dates and times have been worked out between the facilitators and attendees. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the facilitators of the group or me for more general questions (michael.rea2@gmail.com).

Yours in Christ,

Mike Rea

The Liturgy of the Ordinary, by Tish Harrison Warren

facilitated by Linda Hanstra (linda@miwoods.net)

Do you wonder how the very ordinary moments in life–like making your bed, checking email, and sitting in traffic–can be sacred moments? Do you feel that the liturgical life of your Sunday worship rarely intersects with your daily grind? Would you like to find ways to bring the ordinary into the sacred and the sacred into the ordinary? If so, this class is for you! Linda Hanstra will lead us through the book Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. We will meet for 6 weeks in a one-hour evening Zoom meeting; day of the week TBD.

The Art of Neighboring, by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon

facilitated by Julia Lincicum (juliapiers@hotmail.com)

In their book The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door, Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon ask, what would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves literally? Drawing on the success of their own church campaigns, Pathak and Runyon invite their readers to explore ways to more deeply connect with the people who live in their neighborhoods. This group is an opportunity to read Pathak and Runyon's accessible, pragmatic reflections and imagine together how we may engage those around us more readily. We'll meet three times together, every other week, to discuss together a handful of chapters each session. While we'll begin our meetings via Zoom midwinter, we can meet at social distance in my backyard if weather eventually permits.


Discussion on Forgiveness

facilitated by Cris Mihut (cristimihu@gmail.com)


This group explores the nature and function of interpersonal forgiveness. Is forgiveness best understood as a duty, a virtue, an action, or a process? Paul urges the Ephesians to forgive one another as God in Christ forgave them. Well, how does God forgive? Is it good and right, or even possible, to become imitators of God with respect to forgiveness? This group will meet online three times, one hour each time. Dates to be decided.