A Dinner of Remembrance (An All Parish Potluck)
Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in McBride Hall, the Labyrinth and the Memorial Gardens
As we move into a season where the veil between worlds grows thin—Halloween, All Souls, Dia De Los Muertos, All Saints—we invite the parish family to come together for A Dinner of Remembrance where we will break bread and remember those who have gone before us. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share that honors a loved one(s) and during the meal, we will take time to tell our stories of those we remember. In addition to the potluck, the Labyrinth will be lit for meditative walking and there will be an opportunity for a guided personal ritual of remembrance in the Memorial Garden and the Animal Memorial Garden.
This event will be family-friendly, with activities for all ages. Please join us for what promises to be a moving and meaningful evening of congregational fellowship and connection with those we see no more. Contact Catherine Penn Williams if you have any questions.
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life
Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in McBride Hall (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
We all embark on a new phase of our lives in our 50s as we begin to contemplate retirement and a whole new way of living. But this exploration of new ways continues into our 90s and beyond—seemingly ever changing. Linda Williams PhD, CSD and The Rev Ann Johnson , coordinators of the new Spirituality for the Second Half of Life Ministry for the Diocese of Arizona, will spend the morning with participants to consider what we want this second half of our lives to look like—and how God desires to enter into both the adventure and the challenges – and how we, as a community of faith, can share the journey together – perhaps deciding together on a variety of stage- and age-related activities and gatherings. Please join us to explore ideas for the Grace St. Paul’s “family of sages.” We will take two hours for thinking and planning together, followed by lunch together at 11:30.
Everyone is welcome and there is no fee. RSVP by calling the church office at 520-327-6857 or email Adult Spiritual Formation at GSP.
An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself
2 Saturdays, Oct. 28 & Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in McBride Hall
Donation of $10 suggested • A reception will follow the performance
An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself is a one-woman show about Dorothy, a middle-aged waitress who meets Death in a bar, and 49 days later, replaces him. After a bad day on the cafeteria line, Dorothy goes into a bar where she meets Tod, who turns out to be the Grim Reaper. In the course of an understated, unpretentious, poignant and tender, droll and massively ambitious performance, Dorothy helps her audience relate to death without flinching and with abundant amusement. Douglass has been called "the love-child of Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray" and this work has been described as "funny, engrossing, heretical, beautiful." One audience member noted, "So glad I was able to witness this amazingly hilarious, poignant, insightful performance. Who knew that Death Herself would turn out to be so life-affirming?"
This production, appropriate for all ages, has played to audiences nationwide with notable performances in California (winner of 2017 Best of Nugget Fringe Festival), New York City, Arizona, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Warning: everyone who sees this show will someday die.
Check out the trailer for the show below. Contact Catherine Penn Williams if you have any questions.