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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

The book of Jeremiah can be seen as a traumatic response to the political events and destruction of Judea in the 6th century BCE, and a way forward that provided hope. Join Deborah and David as they explore Jeremiah’s relevance for us as we cope with traumatic events in our lifetimes. 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

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

Bring a brown bag for dinner at 6:45. The poetry begins at 7:30.

Poetry Night

Led by John Morris

 

Poetry fills me with joy
and I rise like a feather in the wind.
Poetry fills me with sorrow
and I sink like a chain flung from a bridge.

But mostly poetry fills me
with the urge to write poetry.

From Billy Collins, The Trouble with Poetry

Poet John Morris will lead us in an occasional 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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)mindspring.com. 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.

School for Christian Growth Fall 2019 Second Term

Tuesday evenings 6:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
October 29–December 3, 2019

Note new times for dinner and classes!
Dinner begins at 6:45. Classes begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00.

Rethinking Call in a Changing World

Led by Marjory Bankson

  • Does God have a “good work” for me now? At this time in my life?
  • Is there a new way for us to listen and respond together?

Explore the concept of call as a spiritual journey, unfolding throughout our lives. This six-week course will include individual and group exercises, along with discernment of gifts and ministries in the ordinary structures of our lives — at home, at work, and in the hurting world around us. Come ready to listen, learn, participate, and pray together. Marjory’s books Call to the Soul and Creative Aging will be the primary texts for this class.

 

The Good News of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel

Led by David Lloyd

Luke believed that his account of Jesus’ life, passion, and resurrection was good news to Jews and Gentiles in the Roman Empire. Is Luke’s account good news to us? In our study we’ll explore a number of his parables that may help us answer such questions as: What is the kingdom of God like? What does the commitment of one’s life to bringing about God’s kingdom involve? and Why should we make that commitment? Each week’s homework will include reading excerpts from the Gospel, a few questions for reflection and journaling, and a question or two for a written response and discussion in class.

Seekers Gallery in November and December

“Inspired”

Handmade Paper & Mixed Media Sculpture

November 10 – December 15, 2019

Opening Reception is Sunday, November 10th at 11:30

This installation features sculpture created from handmade paper by Sandra Miller. Sandra is the curator of the Seekers Church gallery and a long-time Member and Steward of Seekers.

To arrange a viewing, other than Sunday mornings after worship services, please contact Sandra: sandra@seekerschurch.org.

Click here for a flyer with more images.