The Adult Learning and Spiritual Enrichment Team (ALSET) is excited to offer opportunities to grow in faith and community through small group study this fall. Book, video and prayer studies will begin Sunday, September 16, and meet weekly through November. For questions or more information, contact ALSET Chair Elizabeth Dunens, elizabethdunens@gmail.com.

 

My Grandmother’s Hands

Sundays, 12-2p, Sept 16 – Dec 2 or

My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.
 
 
 

The Mystic in You

Wednesdays, 7-8pm, September 19 – December 5

What is a mystic? Bruce Epperly defines mystics as people who see holiness in everyday life. We can be mystics without leaving our families, disengaging from daily responsibilities, becoming a priest, or joining a monastic order. Epperly shows how we can experience the living God in the midst of daily life and never again take everyday events for granted.
 

The Mystic in You

Sundays, 10am-11am, September 16 – December 2

See above.
 

Prayer Study

Wednesdays, 7-8pm, September 19 – December 5

Co-facilitated by Kathy Parker-Witzke and Julie Konrardy, this study is open to all, whether you find prayer doesn’t come naturally, have mastered Paul’s call to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:16), or fall somewhere in between. Praying out loud is not required of participants. Drawing from Teresa Blythe’s book 50 Ways to Pray, this group will meet weekly to explore and engage a variety of methods for connecting with God and one another through the act of prayer.
 

Drop in Darkwood Brew video series

Hope: A Pessimist’s Guide, Sundays, 10am – 11am September 16 – November 4 What’s the point? Who cares? Who knows? If you’ve ever felt this way, the folks at Darkwood Brew go deep into hope for a world that so often feels hopeless. In Hope: A Pessimist’s Guide, DWB and Scott Russell Sanders, who wrote the book Hunting for Hope, explore different facets of hope in this new 8-part series. Each episode includes an interview with Scott Russell Sanders, as well as interviews with guests such as Scott Russell Sanders, Richard Foster, Phyllis Tickle, Carrie Newcomer, and Bob Ravenscroft, word-class jazz music, and maybe even the unexpected.
 
On Earth as it is in Heaven, Sundays, 10am – 11am November 11 – December 2 Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being – exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Each episode includes interviews with guests such as John Philip Newell, Bruce Epperly, Catherine Foote, Kit Evans, Sonsiris Tamayo-Dewitt, and Meighan Pritchard.
 
 
 
The size and number of the small groups will be determined by the number of individuals who sign up. If you have any interest to use your gifts in facilitating one of these small groups, please indicate this within the sign-up form below.
 
Sign up for small groups below!