Writing to Deepen One’s Spirituality – Labyrinth (weather permitting)
What does it mean to deepen one’s spirituality and how can writing promote such growth? We will spend our time together writing our way towards a deeper connection with God and with our own spiritual paths. No matter where you are on your journey from stagnant and doubting to faith filled and curious, the writing prompts I provide may encourage your soul’s river to flow. We will also review important rules of thumb and rituals that can help tap into your inner core. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary and we will not share our writing, but we will share ideas, experiences and revelations. Come prepared with an open heart, a pen and a journal or notebook to write in.
Robin Lentz Worgan is the author of Journaling Away Mommy’s Grief: A Book and Journal for Mothers after Stillbirth or Infant Death, 2010 and her essays have appeared in Brain, Child and ADDitude magazines, Literary Mama, The Philadelphia Inquirer and other local newspapers. She has taught grief journaling classes and has been a peer counselor to parents of loss.
JESUS AND THE LAW – Hutchinson Room
Jesus is often accused by the religious leaders of doing things that are unlawful. What is “The Law”? What is Jesus doing and teaching that is so ‘wrong’ in their eyes? How does Jesus respond to their accusations? Looking at the first 5 books of the Bible, along with Gospel accounts of some of the early activities in Jesus’ ministry, we will explore the roots of this escalating conflict.
Discussion will be facilitated by Sarah Elliott and Ginger Goodrich, longtime members of St. Thomas’ Church, who lead on-going Gospel study groups using Approaching the Gospels Together, a way to read and discuss the Gospels in a parallel format with the help of thought-provoking questions. For more information about this approach, see our website www.approachingthegospelstogether.com.
Mindful? Or Mind full? McCausland Chapel
What is the difference between Mindfulness and Meditation? When does spiritual meditation practice become a non-spiritual science?
Join Richard Lyntton for a short ASF series to include definitions, group discussion, practical lessons, tips and techniques on energy exercises, visualization and mind-calming techniques that bridge the gap between spiritual and scientific mindfulness and/or meditation. We invite beginners and seasoned practitioners to join us for this insightful event where we will explore how to just “be” using the unappreciated art of silence.
Richard Lyntton, a St. Thomas parishioner, has practiced daily meditation since 2002. He has attended numerous silent retreats, Mindfulness conferences and seminars, and studied and practiced several techniques. He has also offered Mindfulness Meditation to students, faculty and parents at Germantown Academy over the last five years. Richard believes passionately that the world be a much better place if everyone had the ability to sit in a room, alone and in silence… We hope you will join us.
The Way of St. Benedict – Rev. Marek Zabriskie – MacColl Auditorium
This class will be facilitated by our Rector and will focus on the wisdom of St. Benedict, the Patron Saint of Europe. Our Rector traveled to Italy on his first sabbatical to study the life of Benedict and visit Benedictine monasteries. Benedict grew up in a small town north of Rome, studied in Rome and later lived as a hermit. He was renowned for holiness and established one of the world’s most famous monasteries at Monte Casino, where he wrote a small book known as The Rule of St. Benedict. It is said to be the most influential Christian book after the gospels. Benedictine spirituality has inspired Anglican spirituality and influences how Episcopalians view and practice their faith. Class members will be encouraged to read Esther de Waal’s short book Seeing God: The Way of St. Benedict, which is one of our Rector’s favorite books on spirituality. Books will be on sale at the church. We will explore creating balance and moderation in our lives with time for silence, solitude, study, prayer and work and the value of humility, obedience and welcoming of strangers as timeless gifts for encountering God and experiencing joy in life.
Episcopal 101 – Beck Room (Parish House)
Join us for an introductory course on the life and ministry of the Episcopal Church. While this course is designed for persons preparing to be confirmed, received, or who wish to reaffirm their faith on May 20; it is open to anyone interested in renewing their lives as Episcopalians. The three sessions will cover a smattering of topics, ranging from: church history and governance, theology, scripture, worship, and service. While each session will build upon the next, the series is designed so that participants can come to one or all sessions. For more information, email, the Reverend Liz Costello at:firstname.lastname@example.org.