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Faith Exploration

Faith Exploration

Make me know your ways, O Lord.  Teach me your paths.  (Psalm 25:4)

Faith exploration is a life-long experience, attained by the grace of God and in the company of others.  At All Saints Parish we realize that adults learn in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources.  For that reason, we try to offer an array of options designed to nurture spiritual growth. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at All Saints Parish.

PROGRAMS IN EASTER

Climate Change Discussion

Sunday 23 April, Luncheon after church.

Do You Have Questions About Climate Change? Do pictures of polar bears floating on small pieces of ice make you cringe? What are your thoughts when you read articles about the projections of the ocean impinging on Boston land? On Sunday, 23 April come listen to and talk with Sylvia Scharf, the Education Programs Coordinator at the New England Aquarium, about new ways of understanding the impact of global warming as well as possible solutions. The program begins at 12:30 pm. A light lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the Mission and Outreach Committee

Spiritual Practices Discussion

Sunday 30 April, Luncheon after church.

Are you reading Strength for the Journey as part of your Lenten practice? Or is it sitting on your nightstand, yet to be opened, regardless of your sincere good intentions? In either case, mark Sunday, 30 April as an opportunity to gather and discuss the varied spiritual practices in the book and how you might apply them in your spiritual life. We’ll meet after church for a light lunch. The discussion will begin at 12:30.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

GEOGRAPHY of GRACE—a multiple session, small group program of spiritual formation.

Using a process created by Dr. Parker J. Palmer, this course is designed to create a safe, confidential, and sacred space where participants support one another in accessing the voice of their souls and lives. Here we learn how to listen deeply to one another and how to create spaces that are safe for honest sharing and self-discovery. Geography of Grace uses themes from geography and nature, offering metaphors that speak of the inner life. We use poetry, story, and art to explore these topics. We share in pairs, small groups, and large group settings. All are welcome. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon one Saturday a month. A minimum of six people is required and members must make a good faith commitment to attend each of the ten sessions. Dates for the 2017—2018 series of Geography of Grace are: Sep 9 & 30, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, 2018, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2.

For more information, email the office or contact Mary Urban Keary

POST-SERVICE REFLECTIONS

“Speaking of Faith.” Our post-service reflections take place immediately after the postlude on most Sundays. They are facilitated by the clergy and/or other leaders, and they provide an opportunity for us to wrestle with some of the “So what?” and “Why do we…?” questions of our faith. It is an opportunity for a small group to get to know each other better and speak about our faith. All are invited. Reflections will last no more than 30 minutes.

MEETING CHURCH AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

This program is designed for people who want to go more deeply into the traditions that energizes life at All Saints. We explore our Anglican tradition, refresh our theological education, and explore questions like “Who is God, what is grace, and how do we read the Bible?” This class is held in the fall for anyone curious about what it means to be an Episcopalian and a Christian, those preparing for baptism or confirmation are encouraged to participate. Meetings are right after church and a light lunch is provided. For more information, email the office.

JOURNEYS IN FAITH

Get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the Christian tradition, and make meaningful connections with a group of fellow seekers at All Saints. All are welcome. This class is held during Lent, and those considering baptism for themselves or their children are encouraged to participate. In 3 weekly sessions and 1 half-day retreat, participants explore: Christian traditions and beliefs, the sacraments; interpretation of Scripture, and spiritual practices. We use the book, The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg as a grounding text. For information, email the office.

MEN’S BOOK GROUP

The Men’s reading group meets on alternate Saturdays of the month from 8-9:15 in the morning (so that your Saturday is free) in the dining room.

The Men’s Book Goup meets next on April 22nd at 8am in the Guild Room. We are looking at  October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World by Martin E. Marty. It explores the 95 Theses Luther posted on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on that momentous day 500 years ago – its influence on history and its meaning for us. Email Bruce Keary or Alan McLellan for more information.

WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP

A small group of women meet monthly to discuss mutually selected books, usually on topics related to spiritual growth. We have often tackled provocative authors. We meet monthly on Saturdays from 2:30-4pm in the church Guild Room.

2017 dates and books:

April 8 – Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu Explained: a Spirituality for the 21st Century, by Louis M. Savary

If you are interested, please join us!

Please email Katherine Kominis for further information.

ADULT FAITH EXPLORATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY

Jonas Barciauskas of our Adult Education Committee has curated a list of upcoming events (below) that might be of interest to the All Saints Community. The Adult Education Committee is considering offering a curated list such as this as a resource to us on a periodic basis. We’d appreciate any feedback you have on this experiment.

If you take part in any of these offerings, please let someone on the Adult Ed. Committee know (Mary Urban-Keary, chair; Jonas Barciauskas, Yvonne Schlaeppi, Harold Petersen, Laura Vennard, or Henry Kettell). If you have suggestions for courses or lectures that might be included, please contact Jonas.

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WOMEN OF WISDOM

We offer a much needed respite from the concerns of daily life:  a place to cultivate meaningful connections through on-going discussions that nourish our spiritual selves.  Women of Wisdom is an open group of diverse voices sharing aspects of graceful living and inspirational ways for facing challenges.

Meetings are always the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:30 AM to 1 PM

Hot water for coffee and tea will be provided.
We prepare coffee and tea at 9:30, start the discussion at 10, and break for brown bag lunch at 12:15.
(If you are new, please confirm with the person who invited you at least one day prior to coming to the group for the first time.)
Cost: $10 (Cash or Checks to All Saints Parish, with memo: WoW)

Presented by:
The Ruah Interfaith Spirituality Program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Information: http://www.coopmet.org/WoW.html
info@coopmet.org 617/244-3650

SPIRITUALITY AND JUSTICE AWARD

All Saints Parish annually presents the Spirituality and Justice Award to persons whose notable commitment to justice for all of God’s people is grounded in a deep spiritual life. The presentation of the award is a special time each year as All Saints Parish lifts up an outstanding person for recognition by the community. As we honor these distinguished persons we draw strength from their example. They inspire us to renew our commitment to justice as an essential expression of our spirituality and faith. A cash gift is given to the organization designated by the recipient.

Recipients of the Spirituality and Justice Award:

1998—Bishop Barbara C. Harris
1999—Bishop Simon E. Chiwanga
2000—Bishop M. Thomas Shaw
2001—Bishop Steven Charleston
2002—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
2003—Dr. Yang Jianli and Christina Fu
2004—The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullit-Jonas
2005—Bishop V. Gene Robinson
2006—Byron Rushing
2007—Dr. Peter Stringham
2008—Dr. Paul Farmer
2009—Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman
2010—The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman
2011—Mr. James Carroll
2012—Bishop Roy “Bud” Cederholm
2013—Catherine D’Amato
2014—Dr. David Adams
2015—Dr. Colin Johnstone
2016—The Rev. Laura Everett

Persons may be nominated from all faith traditions. Nominees should be persons whose own deep spirituality have led them to significantly contribute to the furtherance of justice. Nominations are accepted at any time, to nominate someone please use this form.

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