Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lenten Small Groups Schedules


Lenten groups, offering both fellowship and a time for reflection, begin in March. Childcare is provided for all groups by calling 626.583.2781 to reserve at least 24 hours in advance.

6:30 p.m…A History of Christianity with Jim Prendergast | Viewing the BBC presentation of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s “A History of Christianity – the First Three Thousand Years.” The episodes are The First Christianity; Catholicism: The Unpredictable Rise of Rome; Orthodoxy: From Empire to Empire; Reformation: The Individual before God; Protestantism: The Evangelical Explosion; and God in the Dock. Our faith tradition is more complex than we realize, and MacCulloch is a great tour guide, making for lively discussion.
March 6 – April 17 in the Forum.


6:30 p.m…Forgiveness for Lent with Martin McIlvenna & Candace Elliott | Connie Domino asserts, “There are some wrongs that people will never agree with or accept, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be forgiven. It also doesn’t mean that people should forget or accept any sort of similar mistreatment in the future.” She advises “we should forgive the ones who have hurt or angered us, which then allows us to unblock our energy, feel more peaceful and fulfill our desires. Forgiveness is done more to benefit the individual rather than the one being forgiven.” Join Martin McIlvenna & Candace Elliott for a small group on the Law of Forgiveness by Connie Domino that will explore the basis and basics of the book.
March 22 – April 12 in Learning Center 5.

7:00 p.m…Historical Jesus with Dan Stracner | Over the past three decades, scholarship and debate about the historical Jesus have grown exponentially, driven in part by the work of the Jesus Seminar and its supporters and detractors and the proliferation of internet sites devoted to the topic. Viewpoints range from those who support orthodox Christian doctrines to those whom claim Jesus never existed, with many variations between. Dan Stracner will survey this fascinating field, exploring the various stages of the quest for the historical Jesus and touching on the work of thinkers who have visited All Saints, and a host of others. Reading materials and detailed bibliographies will be supplied.
Six Tuesdays, starting March 8. The first meeting will be held in Learning Center 1.


11:00 a.m…Experiencing the Scriptures with Richard Wingell | Each week this group will read and discuss the readings for the coming Sunday. We will look at the Old Testament selection, the Psalm, the Epistle, and the Gospel to see how they work together to illuminate the same theme or message, how they relate to the changing seasons of the liturgical year, and how we can apply them to our lives. Bring your Bible. This group is ongoing,
Wednesdays at 11 a.m., in the Guild Room.

6:30 p.m…The New Monasticism with Carissa Baldwin | Come explore a new movement of contemporary monasticism that seeks to live life close to God,
whether married or single, healthy or not.
Five weeks, March 16 – April 13, in Scott Hall 2.

7:00 p.m…The Lemon Tree with Erica Hahn & Randy Heyn-Lamb | The Lemon Tree, by USC Professor Sandy Tolan, tells the story of the unlikely relationship between a Palestinian activist and an Israeli Jew, and the home and lemon tree they each owned and cherished at different times. Their 40 year relationship of friendship and pain is shaped by the events of the ongoing conflict. The book was named as the 2011 "One Diocese, One Book" selection by the Bishop Jon Bruno's Commission on the Middle East.
Wednesdays, March 16 – April 13, in Scott Hall 4.


7:15 a.m…Managing One’s Self in a Sea of Uncertainty with Anne Peterson | Whatever you believe or disbelieve about Jesus, you have to admire his nerve. He challenged the way-we’ve-always-done-it thinking of his age, while operating out of the House of Love—never appearing to even visit the House of Fear. What kept him going? Using Edwin Friedman’s book, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, we will explore ways to live out of the House of Love and remain centered in this era of uncertainty. Bring your life experiences, a copy of the book, and a journal.
March 10, 17, 24, April 7 + 14 [no meeting on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31] in the Learning Center.

6:30 p.m…Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life with Jeremy Langill | Based on Karen Armstrong’s new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, in which she explores
ways to bring more compassion into your life.
Five weeks, March 10 – April 14 [no meeting Cesar Chavez Day, March 31] in Learning Center 5.

7:00 p.m…RECALCULATING: Aligning your spiritual GPS with God’s Love, Justice and Compassion with Susan Russell | From the beginning of time human beings have faced the challenge of choosing between right and wrong – of making ethical decisions – of staying on course. For some Christians the answer is simple: “The Bible said it, I believe it, that settles it.” For others it is less about following a set of rules than it is about following Jesus – about incarnating God’s self-giving love as we journey into God’s future. For Episcopalians the guideposts for that journey are our baptismal promises. This Lent,spend five weeks reprogramming your spiritual GPS to move toward God’s values. March 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14 [no meeting Cesar Chavez Day, March 31] in the Guild Room.

Sign up at the Small Group table on the Lawn or email amccormick@allsaints-pas.org.

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