Where In The World Is The Wardall Room? – A Guided Informational Tour Around the GSP Campus
Sunday, May 12, 11:45 a.m.
If you are new to the parish or if you’ve been here a long time and don’t know your way around the campus, now’s the time to learn. Meet Bruce Anderson on the front steps leading into the sanctuary and take the tour. You’ll be able to say: “I know where the Wardall Room is!”
Film & Fellowship
Fridays, May 17, June 21, July 19 & August 16, 6:30 p.m., McBride Hall.
How about a great gathering, an outstanding movie, and even some food to share? Film and Fellowship will give you all three – plus a chance to discuss the implications of the films as each one addresses elements of the Christian faith. This monthly event is led by Eric Carr and Kitt Cordero.
The Nonjurors’ Liturgy of 1789
Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
Professor Peter Foley, UA Religion Department, leads the discussion about this interesting element of our church’s rich history. Join him and your friends for discussion and conversation. Led by Dr. Peter Foley, professor at the University of Arizona and member of GSP.
Theology, Spirituality & Sex! Oh, My!
Mondays, May 20, June 17, July 15 & August 19, 7 p.m. Meeting in the home of Catherine Penn Williams.
Join us for a monthly book group to read and discuss Susan Howatch’s Starbridge Series, six novels that trace the history of the 20th century Anglican Church. We’ll read the novels in order and discuss one each month. This series is placed in the fictional Diocese of Starbridge, set in the west of England. We’ll focus our conversation on the themes of theology and spiritual development in each book. The books are readily available from amazon.com in paperback, Kindle and used editions (starting at $.01) Facilitated by Catherine Penn Williams, avid reader and experienced group discussion leader. Contact Catherine or the church office for directions.
So This Is The Way The Church Works? There Must Be A Better Way!
Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
Some of the things churches do to trap and hold members are sadly humorous. Tricks, strategies, plots and plans…some work, but not many. Examine some of the ways “not to do it” and enjoy a chuckle or two along the way. Led by Roger Pierce, GSP member and ordained minister who has tried most of them…there must be a better way!
Beginning A Deeper Conversation About Violence In Our Faith Community
Sunday, June 2, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
In this lead-in to a Fall 2013 series, we will begin to explore a conversation and experiential storytelling-reflection process on the “Spectrum of Violence.” Join us as we seek to enter a deeper conversation about this crucial topic. Discussion and reflection led by Fr. Alan Breckenridge, Episcopal Priest and consultant/owner of The Center for Creative Spirituality.
Where Will The Money Go? Leaving a Legacy with Your Estate After Taking Care of Family Needs
Tuesday, June 4, Noon-1:30 p.m., Bloom Room
A conversation about the importance of having an estate plan (regardless of your net worth), the reasons for considering gifts to church or charity as part of that plan, and a look at an overview of some of the most common ways to make such gifts – some of which can increase one’s income during life! Facilitated by Clyde Kunz, former President of the Planned Giving roundtable of Southern Arizona, with 25 years in nonprofit management and fundraising. Clyde was on the founding Advisory Board for the Center for Planned Giving at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and currently served on several Boards of Directors, including the Episcopal Church Foundation. A member of GSP, Clyde also serves on the Diocesan Council for the Episcopal Church of Arizona. Reservations are required through the church office.
Spirit Players: A Play Reading Experience
Fridays, June 7, July 12 & August 2, 6:30 p.m., Bloom Room
If you love the theatre this experience is for you! Join us as a reader or an observer as we give voice to comedies, dramas, social commentaries, and more. Scripts are available for these unrehearsed readings on the first Friday of each month. For information contact Nanalee Raphael or Halsy Taylor, or the church office.
The Soul of Money: Scarcity or Sufficiency?
Sunday, June 9, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
Are money and the soul linked in some way? Yes, and that relationship determines how we understand and use money in our lives. Some of us live in the world of Scarcity, while others live in Sufficiency. There is a huge difference between the two. All of us are residents of one or the other. Let’s explore the landscape of each and get some new insight about The Soul of Money. Facilitated by Roger Pierce, GSP Vestry member and Co-Chair of Adult Education & Spiritual Formation.
The Sistine Chapel: The History of its Art and Propaganda
Sunday, June 16, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
This one-time presentation looks at the Sistine Chapel, its architecture and art, in terms of its historical, political and theological context. Facilitated by Professor Pia Cuneo, UA Art History Department and GSP member.
In Our Own Voices: Exploring Issues of Mental Illness
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-Noon, Bloom Room
In this 90-minute presentation, a short video takes participants into the lives of people who are living with mental illness. The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) presenters will share experiences and cover the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Mechanisms, and Hope & Dreams. A take-home packet will be provided with fact sheets and lots of resources. Facilitated by Rev. Nancy Meister Book and NAMI leaders. For further information contact Rev Nancy at the church office.
The Line: Faces of the New Poor
Sundays, June 23 & 30, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
Poverty in America – it’s not what you think! View and discuss a documentary from Sojourner’s Magazine portraying several different people who are the face of the “new poor.” The video series is produced by Sojourner’s, Oxfam and Bread for the World. Facilitated by longtime GSP member Lynne Albright.
How Do We Forgive? A Film Series
Fridays, June 28, July 26, August 23, 6:30 p.m., Bloom Room
Violence is an increasingly familiar and distressing reality in our world, at local, national and global levels. As the Body of Christ, how do we respond to violence perpetrated against ourselves or someone we love? Join us for this remarkable film series and some helpful conversation. Led by Catherine Penn Williams and Steve Williams of GSP.
The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job & Creation
Sundays, July 7 & 14, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
Nationally known author, creation activist, and Middlebury College professor Bill McKibben examines the Old Testament Job in contemporary terms…especially in reference to creation and ecology issues. The book, short and inexpensive, is available through local bookstores or Amazon. Discussion facilitated by Roger Pierce, GSP member.
Resources for Mental Illness
Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-Noon, Bloom Room
Mental Illness touches many lives – 1 in 4 persons are diagnosed each year with some aspect of mental illness. In this workshop, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) leaders will present an overview of the main categories of mental disorders and provide valuable information and resources. Facilitated by the Rev. Nancy Meister Book and NAMI personnel. Questions can be addressed to Rev. Nancy at the church office.
Adult Education & Spiritual Formation Planning Meeting
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m., Weeks Room
Here’s a chance for you to share ideas and suggestions about Adult Education at GSP. You can even bring a completed Class Proposal for something you would like to present. You are encouraged to join us as we plan for September-December of this year. Your ideas, suggestions, and help are invited and appreciated! Everyone is welcome!
Spiritual Approaches to Chronic Illness and Death
Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
We will discuss the issues of chronic illness and death as well as how to be a caregiver. The discussion will be based on the Terry Tempest Williams book “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place.” It is recommended that you read this fine book before attending... but not a requirement. Discussion led by Chris Ledyard and Beth Miksa, GSP members who are skilled in this important areas.
Music In The Air
Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
More details to come.
The Hand of God: Thoughts and Images Reflecting the Spirit of the Universe
Sunday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
The remarkable book “The Hand of God” brings together stunning photographs from the Hubble Telescope with some of the most thought provoking observations every written. From the book’s introduction: “It is becoming ever more apparent that the discoveries of astronomy and cosmology are offering today what in eras past only religion has: a sense of wonder and of awe, a sense that the world is rational, a sense of the sacred with hints to believers about the nature and character of God.” Discussion will be led by Brian Arthur, GSP member.
Journaling Our Spiritual Lives
Saturday, August 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bloom Room
Where am I on my spiritual journey? Where has God been in the choices and decisions I have made? Where do I go from here? Join us for a contemplative morning of journaling and reflection on these and other questions. We will use a guided journal method to explore not only our own inner depths but also to catch a glimpse of the mysterious and unseen hand that guides us all. This interesting morning will be led by Catherine Penn Williams, a psychotherapist who has facilitated journal work in spiritual groups for more than 20 years.
Painting The Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith
Sundays, August 11, 18 & 25, 9 a.m., Bloom Room
Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. The video presentations feature a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Come for thought provoking presentations and conversation. Facilitated by Peggy Scott, GSP member and Co-Chairperson of Adult Education.