Facebook & Other Social Media Connections
Sunday, April 15 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Bloom Education Center
Want to know what Facebook is all about? Are you new and tired of trying to figure it out all by yourself? Join us for this informational and hands-on session on social networking through Facebook. Find out how to use it to increase a sense of belonging and community at Grace St. Paul's. Those who are already on Facebook are invited to come and share stories and tips. Bring a laptop if you have one.
Facilitated by Eric Carr and Kitt Cordero. Eric is a parish communication's leader; Kitt is a GSP member.
Emerging Church--"Embracing Emergence Christianity"
Sundays, April 15 & 22 9-9:45 a.m., Bloom Education Center
Using the DVD series by Phyllis Tickle, we will discuss how the emerging church may impact your personal faith. As noted on the DVD, which quotes the Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, "Where do you believe God is leading? Tickle takes us on a pastoral journey, of which we cannot see the end detail, but into which the Spirit continues to invite us. This is an invitation to be disturbed, moved out of comforts and into the new thing God is doing among us. This is the Jesus road, that always leads us out of death to resurrection."
Facilitated by Rick Hanson, a pilgrim searching for different expressions of progressive Christianity and its potential replacement.
Adult Spiritual Formation & Education Planning Meeting (open to all)
Thursday, April 19 7-8:30 p.m., Weeks Room
Come and meet your new co-facilitators of Grace St. Paul's Adult Spiritual Formation and Education ministries. Have you ever wondered about a special topic in your spiritual life? Alternatively, have you read a book that you think would help others grow in their spirituality? Ever wanted to facilitate a class or small group? If so, come to the Adult Education planning meeting. Topics and class facilitators for the Summer, 2011 Schedules are wanted and needed. The more the merrier! If you need a class proposal form, or have any immediate questions, contact the church office at 520-327-6857.
Film & Fellowship Festival
Fridays, April 20 & May 18 6:30-9 p.m., Bloom Education Center
You are invited to enjoy a film viewing, potluck meal, and discussion. The movie will be selected by the group attendees each prior month, with themes ranging from social justice to romance. The potluck starts at 6:30; the film starts at 7. Following the film, expect a lively discussion on the film as it relates to life's journey--from the humorous to the serious.
Coordinated by Kitt Cordero and Eric Carr, facilitators and/or contributors to the film and fellowship series earlier this year.
Common Security Clubs: Building Supportive Community for Hard Financial Times
Sunday, April 22 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Bloom Education Center
The Common Security Clubs (CSC) provide a context where people can come together to understand the greater economic system that creates local conditions; to break down the stigma, isolation and shame associated with financial distress; and to share support and resources, such as referrals, opportunities for bartering, and rotating credit. Following this introductory class, participants will choose times and dates for the follow-up sessions. Education materials provided by the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Public Good will be provided free of charge. The curious as well as the new and continuing participants are invited to attend.
Coordinated by Ana Teresa Ortiz, a GSP member, ordained Interfaith Minister, and member of the Union of Religious Progressives.
Lenten Themes & Practices Developed through Film
Friday, April 27 7-9 p.m., Bloom Education Center
Through film and discussion, we explore pre- and post Lenten themes as a way to enhance your spiritual practice during this time of preparation and waiting. Movies planned are "The Way," "Grand Canyon," and "Slumdog Millionaire." Be sure to check the Sunday bulletin for the current details.
Facilitated by Steve Williams, an avid movie watcher on a spiritual journey.
Communication & Etiquette with Persons with Disabilities
Sunday, April 29 9-9:45 a.m., Bloom Education Center
How can you make your relationships with those who are blind, deaf, and/or in wheelchairs easier and more relaxed? Laugh and learn by watching a DVD "Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities."
Led by The Rev. Anne Strong, from the Diocesan program group on disability concerns, and sponsored by GSP's Community of Hope.
The Grand Inquisitor
Sunday, April 29 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Bloom Education Center
What if Christ returned to earth in the 16th century, was recognized, imprisoned, questioned, and threatened with death by the Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition? How might Christ respond to the Inquisitor as he insists that Christ rejected the temptations in the desert to give mankind unwanted freedom and this doomed mankind to suffer? This short play, based on a parable told in "The Brothers Karamazov" poses troubling questions for people of faith about the conflict between human nature and our need for freedom.
The GSP Spirit Players will lead the discussion following a reading of the play.
Confronting Moral Dilemmas--A Play Reading Experience
Friday, May 4 6:30-8 p.m., Bloom Education Center
A continuation of the evenings without technology in the tradition of 20th century literary societies when neighbors gathered to read plays aloud. Plays to be read include "The Crucible," "Lysistrata," "The Devil's Disciple" and "To Kill A Mockingbird." Everyone is invited to attend and participate in "cold" readings of each play. No theatre or public speaking experience is necessary; parts will be randomly assigned to anyone who shows up. Non-readers are welcome as well and can participate as an "audience". All the plays are appropriate for all ages.
Coordinated by Halsy Taylor and Nanalee Raphael. Both enjoy sharing all aspects of theatre with others.
Parish Wellness & Monitoring Update
Sunday, May 6 9 & 11:30 a.m., McBride Hall
Please join the Senior Warden and Fr. Steve Keplinger in an ongoing discussion on key issues affecting Grace St. Paul's, including our various ministries, how your pledge and plate contributions are spent and other items related to Grace St. Paul's financial health. Bring your questions and thoughts.
Facilitated by Martha Whitaker, Grace St. Paul's Senior Warden, and members of our Vestry.
Ancient-Future: The Emerging Church Movement
Mondays, May 7 & May 14 7-8:30 p.m., Bloom Education Center
This presentation will follow-up on the previous class on the Emerging Church with a multi-media look at the different voices, values and practices that are part of the "emerging church" movement. We will watch and discuss short video vignettes of selected emerging church leaders and compare these with the values and practices of "progressive Christianity." Come prepared for some lively conversation!
Facilitated by Catherine Penn Williams. Catherine has spent the last year pondering what the emerging church movement has to offer the Episcopal Church. A long-time member of GSP, she is currently a postulant for the priesthood in the Diocese of Arizona.
Sex & the Early Church
Sunday, May 13 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
Using the book, "The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity," this class will focus on the practice of permanent sexual renunciation--continence, celibacy, and lifelong virginity--in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. and early Christians' preoccupations with sexuality and the body in the work of the period's great writers. As one reviewer for Amazon.com wrote, "An understanding of early Christian spirituality and asceticism illuminates early Christian doctrine and church structure even more." Although not required reading, this book will be available for purchase at Grace St. Paul's Rector's Bookshelf.
Facilitated by Beth Miksa, Anthropologist and Grace St. Paul's Verger.
Are We Safe Enough, Yet? A Social Justice Issue
Sunday, May 13 11:45 a.m.-12:45 a.m., Bloom Education Center
Since the tragic events of 9/11, U.S. citizens have allowed for an unprecedented erosion of their civil rights, including the Patriot Act, the censorship of journalism in war zones, and intense and widespread domestic wiretapping. Muslim-Americans have been under particular scrutiny and suspicion. These assaults
against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been accepted as necessary steps to protect the country. In this class we remember another time in U.S. history when citizens were forcibly detained into internment camps, supposedly for national security and their own protection. What can we learn from this piece of the past?
Michi Yamasaki was involved as a community activist in the successful campaign to achieve monetary compensation for internment camp survivors. Both her parents were internees, in locations ranging from Wyoming to Arkansas. Ana Ortiz is a long-time GSP member and member of the Union of Religious Progressives.
Gospel-Based Discipleship & 'Disciple's Prayer Book'
Sunday, May 20 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
In commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of The Disciple's Prayer Book, a new version will be released at General Convention--and we'll be able to preview and discuss some of the new version. Although widely used in many parts of the church, The Disciple's Prayer Book was born out of the need to develop a simple resource following the daily offices so that lay and ordained leaders in the Native community could engage the gospel with persons of all ages. Gospel-Based Discipleship has empowered communities of faith and their wisdom has enriched the church. The book will be available following General Convention, at the Rector's Bookshelf.
The Rev. Debbie Royals is the project manager for the new Disciple's Prayer Book. Her work in theological education, leading and developing the ministry of all the baptized, and as a leader in Native American ministry is being shared here as we get a first glance into the new release. She is a priest associate at Grace St. Paul's.
Liturgy--Worship or Dance?
Sundays, May 27 & June 3 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
What are the interpretations of the Liturgy? According to Wikipedia, "Typically in Christianity, the term "the liturgy" normally refers to a standardized order of events observed during a religious service, be it a sacramental service or a service of public prayer." What goes in on planning this weekly event at Grace St. Paul's? What changes would you like to see made to the Grace St. Paul's Sunday Eucharistic Celebrations? This class will provide a forum for learning and discussion on this important presentation of our faith and beliefs.
Facilitated by Beth Miksa, Verger at Grace St. Paul's, who has a life-long fascination with Liturgy.