• “From Shared Trauma to Imagining the Future” Retreat
• “Faith Talk About Race” 6-session program
• “Deeper Relationships with God” 5-session small groups
Last week I shared with the parish that a one-day retreat will be offered likely in July entitled, “From Shared Trauma to Imagining the Future”, which will give participants time to share their thoughts about living the last year during a pandemic. The purpose of this retreat will be to help those who attend an opportunity as well as to create a more ideal future through storytelling and appreciating those things that give life. Chris Lee, a member of the parish and a member of the small group that wrote this course, will help me plan this retreat which will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude no later than 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating in this retreat, please email me at email@example.com.
After the murder of George Floyd, a year ago last week, I invited a small group to meet with me about how the parish might come together to have a conversation about racism. This led to three Zoom conversations last summer and fall that focused on personal story-telling, reflecting on racism in America, and police reform. In December Sue Linderman, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, taught a six-week course on “What we Did Not Learn in School about Racism.” Members of SsAM and Westminster met for six weeks, and this led to small groups forming. These groups are still meeting and include members from SsAM, Westminster, and First and Central Presbyterian Church. The Episcopal Church has developed a ten-week program focused on how we as people of faith talk about race. You may learn more at the following web site: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/. My desire is that a small group of no more than twelve people would commit to participating in this ten-week course. We would meet every other week for from September to December for an hour and a half. Participants have to complete weekly assignments and be prepared to share what they choose in the group. My hope is that after this group, more small groups will form and participate in the sacred ground program. Please email me your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in August, I invite all members of SsAM who are interested in going deeper in their relationship with God to join me in small groups to meet once a week for five weeks. Each meeting will include a teaching on a different form of prayer/meditation and a teaching on other spiritual practices. Participants will be invited to share their spiritual journey in confidence with a small group. These groups will meet in August, September-October, and November-December of 2021. You only have to commit to five weeks. I would love to see parishioners walk with me as we go deeper into the knowledge of God’s love and presence in our lives. Again, please email me at email@example.com if you are called to be a part of one of these groups. Let me know your preference: August, September-October, or November-December.
All of these offerings are chances to build and deepen the community of SsAM as well as friendships which will be vitally important during the transition to a new rector that will begin in January, 2022.