Carroll Café: Valentine’s Day with Tom Prasada-Rao

February 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

TOM PRASADA-RAO is a musician’s musician — an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early ‘90s. His voice complements his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden, with its homage to Ravi Shankar, to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. In addition to being a sought-after producer, Tom has performed with Janis Ian, Peter Yarrow, Michael Hedges, Ani Difranco, Odetta, David Wilcox, and Richie Havens and been featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas. David Wilcox calls him “a rare and brilliant performer [whose] fine voice and thrilling guitar work hold you spellbound while he heals your heart.”

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Tasty treats available in the kitchen!

Show time is 7:30 PM.

Make your reservations now at the Carroll Café website.

School for Christian Growth Spring 2020 First Term

Tuesday evenings 6:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
February 4–March 10, 2020

The Universal Christ

Led by Kolya Braun-Greiner & Glenn Clark

Kolya Braun-Greiner and Glenn Clark invite you to join them in exploring Richard Rohr’s book The Universal Christ. Father Rohr introduces a concept of “Christ” as a worldview in which matter and Spirit are not separate—where Christ is a name for the transcendent within everything in the universe. Rohr says that “the proof that you are a Christian is that you can see Christ everywhere else.” The class will explore key chapters and themes through small and large group discussions seeking to cultivate an experiential awareness of the Christ Mystery that “rewires you on the physical, neurological, and cellular levels.” All class members should obtain the book prior to the start of the class.


Jeremiah: A Prophet for the 21st Century?

Led by David Lloyd & Deborah Sokolove

Jeremiah prophesied the destruction of Judea if both the political leadership and the people didn’t turn back to God’s ways as well as providing a pathway to new hope. Join Deborah Sokolove and David Lloyd as we explore what relevance Jeremiah’s prophecies may have for us. The class will have short reading and writing assignments and partially meets a Hebrew Scriptures requirement for becoming a Steward in Seekers Church.

School for Christian Growth Poetry Night

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:45 p.m.–9 p.m.

Poetry Night

Led by John Morris

Published poet John Morris will lead us in an annual night of poetry. Bring 10 copies of a poem you have written or that someone else has written. During our time together each of us will read our poems and share why and how they speak to us. We’ll explore together the images and structure of the poems and their potential meanings.

If you would like to join us for dinner, bring a brown bag at 6:45. The poetry begins at 7.



Carroll Cafe — Friday, January 10th, 2020

Victoria Vox

VICTORIA VOX is a passionate, award-winning songwriter and performer. In 2003 she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment and her acoustic style shifted to chanson tinged with jazz, which has settled in nicely with her songwriting flair. She loves to make an audience laugh and cry with genuine, and genuinely quirky, songs. Vox performs mostly as a one-woman band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos on mouth-trumpet and echoing the tones of trumpet genius Chet Baker with her own, pure voice.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Tasty treats available in the kitchen!

Show time is 7:30 PM.

Make your reservations now at the Carroll Café website.

School for Christian Growth January 2020 Short Term

Tuesday evenings 6:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
January 7 and January 21, 2020

Optional follow-up class after church on Sunday, February 23

Anyone who would like to bring their own dinner is welcome to join us to eat dinner together at 6:45. The class will begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00.

Sign up on the clipboard in the sign-up area just outside the sanctuary or by emailing marciasprague(at) Required text: How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price. Please indicate whether you would like to purchase the book at Busboys and Poets across the street (where we can order copies) or buy the book some other way.

Getting a Grip: Bringing Awareness to Our Use of Smartphones, Social Media, and the Internet

Led by David Novello and Erica Lloyd

Smartphones, introduced only 12 years ago, allow us to do many things we could not have imagined earlier. At the same time, they were designed to addict, and there is no doubt that many people cannot break away from them. The same is true for social media and the Internet in general. There is increasing evidence that as a result our attention spans are shorter and we are suffering in various ways. In this two-night class, we will consider how paying attention can help us to act with more intention, in a way we wish.

Class participants will complete the first 16 days of the 30-day program in the short and inexpensive book How to Break Up with Your Phone, by Catherine Price, and will be expected to have read some of it before the first class. The book’s exercises are not time-consuming, but awareness and discipline are required to get the most out of the class. Because there will be two weeks between the two sessions, we will have time to complete over half the program, and will discuss in class what has arisen for us. Everyone will be encouraged to finish the program on their own afterwards. On Sunday, Feb. 23, there will be an optional gathering after service to talk about our efforts and what may have changed for us. Everyone will need to have completed a short amount of reading in the book before the first class.