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Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

Sept. 1 & 8, others dates TBD; 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
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 the Adult Education ministry.

Spirit Players: A Play Reading Experience

Fridays, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3; 6:30 p.m., Bloom Education Center
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 at these unrehearsed readings on the first Friday of every month. Readings are open to everyone. Coordinated by Nanalee Raphael and Halsy Taylor, career professionals in theatre design, direction, and performance who love to introduce others to a variety of scripts.

Hidden Attitudes: Using Money The Right Way

Sunday, Sept. 15, 11:45 a.m., Weeks Room
All of us have certain attitudes about money and how to use it. Those attitudes come from our culture and our religious traditions… so how do they interconnect? In this one-time workshop, Viriginia Zuelow will explore attitudes, patterns of spending, and wise ways to use and understand your money. Child Care will be provided; Registration is required through the church office. Virginia is a member of GSP and an experienced professional in areas of financial planning and money management.

Women Priests? Yes!

Sundays, Sept. 15, 22 & 29, 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
This class, taught in three sessions, offers the historical background on women's struggle to be ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church in the mid 1970s, focusing first on one Ohio parish in Oberlin. Kay Bigglestone was a member of this congregation and will tell her story. The Rev. Rosanna Kazanjian was ordained in 1985 in New England and soon after was sent to the Diocese of Dallas, Texas, not the most welcoming area for women priests at that time. She too will tell her story. Finally, both Kay and Rev. Rosanna will lead a discussion of the role of women priests today in parish work and in the roles of Bishop and Presiding Bishop. Led by the Rev. Rosanna Kazanjian, priest associate at Grace St. Paul's and Kay Bigglestone, co-ordinator of Lay Eucharistic Visitors and EfM, and Community of Hope leader. Both are members of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC).

Where in the World is the Wardall Room? A Guided Informational Tour of the GSP Campus

Sunday, Sept. 15, 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!”

Theology, Spirituality & Sex! Oh, My!

Monday Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at the home of Catherine Penn Williams
This is the final meeting of the book group discussing Susan Howatch's Starbridge Series dealing with the history of the 20th century Anglican Church. This meeting will deal with the sixth book in the series. Facilitated by Catherine Penn Williams, avid reader and experienced group discussion leader. Contact Catherine or the church office for directions.

Film & Fellowship

Fridays, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20 & Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., Bloom Education Center
How about a great gathering, an outstanding movie, and even some food to share! Film and Fellowship will give you all three—plus in-depth discussions about the themes presented in the films and how they apply to our lives and society today. This monthly event is led by Eric Carr and Kitt Cordero.

Introduction to Centering Prayer Practice by Father Thomas Keating

Sundays, Sept. 22 & 29, Oct. 6, 13 & 20, 11:45 a.m., Bloom Education Center
An introductory course on meditation in the Christian tradition known as Centering Prayer. While this is listed as an introductory course, long time meditators should find it inspirational. Each 30- to 45-minute class will feature an audio presentation by Father Keating and is meant to be heard sequentially to get the most out of the course, but can be beneficial to anyone that just drops by for one or more of the scheduled talks:

  • Sept. 22: Prayer in Secret
  • Sept. 29: The Discipline of Centering Prayer
  • Oct. 6: What Centering Prayer is Not and What It Is
  • Oct. 13: The Method of Centering Prayer I
  • Oct. 20: The Method of Centering Prayer II
Facilitated by David Clements.

EfM Graduates' Forum

Mondays, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, 10 a.m., Weeks Room
This monthly forum is for graduates of EfM. The purpose of the forum is to provide an on-going format in which we can continue to participate in the transformation of the world within a supportive group. Each month's forum is a two hour meeting with a theme, a short reading or video, reflection and discussion, and ending with worship. Advance registration is required. Please call the church office to sign up. This forum is convened by Brian Arthur, member of GSP and current EfM facilitator.

Gifted by Otherness Women's Group

Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, & Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Mary of Bethany Room
We are encouraged by L. William Countryman and M.R. Ritley in their book, Gifted by Otherness, to adopt a positive attitude to spirituality and to take a proactive role in the Church through telling our own stories, recognizing our spiritual gifts, interpreting spiritual writings in our own context, and refusing to apologize for who we are. Along the way, we'll review aspects of progressive theology and take plenty of time to share our stories. This free course is intended for gay and lesbian women, but is open to all who are contending with spiritual issues relating to sexuality and who have a willingness to respect the many faces of human sexual orientation. Facilitated by Chris Eastoe, long-term member of GSP, former Senior Warden and Treasurer, current vestry member

Co-Creation and Giving at Grace St. Paul's

Sunday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
The third spiritual path, Via Creativa of Matthew Fox, builds on creation spirituality (Via Positiva, the first path), and consists of a call to co-create, to contribute imaginatively to God's creation. Because our GSP community evolves in response to that call, joyful and generous giving of time and money to GSP is a valuable exercise in co-creation. Facilitated by Chris Eastoe, vestry member, former Senior Warden, and enthusiastic student of Matthew Fox.

ANIMATE: Faith Development for Progressive Christians (Group I)

Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28, Nov. 4, 11 & 18, 7 to 9 p.m., at the home of Catherine Penn Williams. Minimum 6 people to hold the sessions; maximum enrollment is 10.
This adult course imaginatively explores central topics of Christianity. In each Animate: Faith session, the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Each session delves into a faith topic: God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the Bible, and church. Presenters include: Lillian Daniel, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lauren Winner, Shane Hipps, Mark Scandrette and Brian McLaren. Led by Catherine Penn Williams, an experienced small group and retreat leader. She is interested in finding ways to translate the tenets of Christian faith for modern people. Contact Catherine or the church office for directions. Registration deadline is Oct. 4, through the church office.

ANIMATE: Faith Development for Progressive Christians (Group II)

Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28, Nov. 4, 11 & 18, 10 a.m.-noon, Bloom Education Center. Minimum 6 people to hold sessions; maximum enrollment is 10.
This adult course imaginatively explores central topics of Christianity. In each Animate: Faith session, the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Each session delves into a faith topic: God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the Bible, and church. Presenters include: Lillian Daniel, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lauren Winner, Shane Hipps, Mark Scandrette and Brian McLaren. Led by Brian Arthur, teacher and parish leader. Please contact the church office for registration. Registration deadline is Oct. 4.

The Solitary Visions of Charismatic Religious Leaders

Sundays, Oct. 13 & 20, 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
Founders of the world's great religions spent time in solitude, often in times of testing, far from home, physical resources and human friends. These periods of silence and seclusion, during which they learned to be alone with their thoughts, led each one to revolutionary action. The similarity to Native American vision quests is evident. Two PowerPoint presentations by Dr. Chuck Dickson, long-time GSP member, will examine the visions and the people like Abraham, Jesus, Buddha, and others whose lives were redirected by their experiences.

Project Visibility: Receiving Quality Care for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Older Adults

Friday, Oct. 18, 9-10:30 a.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Parish Hall
Sandy Davenport from Pima Council on Aging will discuss Project Visibility and will present options to consider when a person who is GLBT is seeking care at home, in a retirement community, assisted living or nursing home. Project Visibility provides training for home health agencies and facilities who wish to provide a safe and respectful community for GLBT residents. Sandy will explain what this program includes, how to determine if a service provider has received the training and how to help service providers obtain the training. Sandy will also discuss questions that GLBT individuals, their families, caregivers and/or their pastoral care visitors should be asking in advance of requiring care at home or in a long term care setting and also when making a final decision regarding a residential facility. Led by Sandy Davenport from the Pima Council on Aging. Car pooling will be available from Grace St. Paul's to St. Andrews. Contact the church office to register and obtain carpooling details.

Reading the Bible Again for The First Time (Marcus Borg)

Sundays, Nov. 10 & 17, 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
Progressive biblical scholar Marcus Borg offers a bold new understanding of scripture as he examines both the Old and New Testaments, not as historical documents but as vital teaching stories about our relationship with God in our own time. These sessions are a must if you've wondered how to apply scripture in the 21st century. Facilitated by Catherine Penn Williams, scripture student and member of GSP.

The First Christmas (Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan)

Sundays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
Top Jesus scholars, Borg and Crossan, show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story in the Gospels. They ask: “What do these stories mean?” in the context of both the first century and our own time. Their conclusion: The Christmas story is far richer and more challenging than people imagine. Facilitated by Roger Pierce, GSP member.

Glossary of Episcopal Terms

Sundays, Jan. 5 & 12, 9 a.m., Bloom Education Center
A quick look at all those funny words Episcopalians use, especially the ones that nobody else uses. Presented by Dr. Chuck Dickson, member of Grace St. Paul's since 1999 and of innumerable other Episcopal parishes for many decades before that time.

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