The Wednesday Study group is an adult class that meets to grapple with Scripture or books on faith in a seminar-type study with discussion and sharing. The class meets from 10 – 11:30 am in the chapel, September through May.
On November 13, the class will begin discussing Calling – a Song for the Baptized by Caroline A. Westerhoff.
The author begins her exploration of the Christian life with the memory of childhood afternoons spent rocking in green wicker chairs on her grandmother’s front porch, listening to the stories of women who came to call. The image of calling as baptismal vocation, the sharing of time and conversation, the vision that informs our choices and actions is vividly described through Westerhoff’s stories drawn from her life and work. Narratives of what it means to live as a Christian provide the variations on the baptismal themes of ministry, community, and responsibility in this “song for the baptized.”
Many in the group also stay for the 12 pm worship service in the chapel, to share prayers and the sacraments of healing and Holy Communion.
Previous topics and books have been: A Journey Through Acts, the 50 day Bible challenge, Jesus and Nonviolence, a Third Way by Walter Wink, Keep Christianity Weird by Michael Frost, Advent with Evelyn Underhill, A Journey with Luke: The 50 Day Bible Challenge by Marek P. Zabriskie, Thanking & Blessing – the Sacred Art: Spiritual Vitality Through Gratefulness by Jay Marshall, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a life of Faith by Marcus J. Borg, I witness: Living Inside the Stories of Advent & Christmas by Kate Moorehead, The Apocrypha, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, a collaboration between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; The wisdom of Richard Rohr lecture series; Nutrition with functional nutritionist Annette Presley; Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr; Our Religious Brains by Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger; Forgiveness, Healing and Reconciliation; The Jesus Driven Life by Michael Hardin; world religions; Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John by Cynthia Briggs Kittredge; A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent by Martin L. Smith; Radical Hospitality: The Next Step; Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott; The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg; The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr; and from the Bible, the miracles of Jesus and the books of Romans, Amos, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Mark.