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In addition to its formal programs of adult formation, St. Columba’s also has a variety of other groups for adult formation and spiritual growth. Click on the following links for more information:
Adult Formation Support Team
Art, Religion and Spirituality
Benedictine Cell
Branches Discernment
Centering Prayer
First Monday Prayer Group
Labyrinth Ministry
Lenten Book Group
Listening for Call
Sunday Adult Bible Study
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Treasures of the Library
 

Adult Formation Support Team

AFST assists the Associate Rector for Adult Formation in planning and implementing adult education and formation programs. The team meets once per month throughout the program year.
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci (pantoci@columba.org)

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Art, Religion and Spirituality

Calling all artists: Whatever your artistic medium, we invite you to join this community of mutual support that gathers for conversation exploring the relationship between the arts and spirituality. The Art, Religion and Spirituality group gathers artists, musicians, writers and others in support of their creative and spiritual lives.

One of our intentions is to participate in The Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts (ECVA), a national network that welcomes creators of all visual art forms: watercolor, enamel, acrylic, stone, wood, plastic, paper, fabric and more. But our parish group also welcomes musicians, dancers, writers and others who are not in the visual arts, and several "Arts Hours" are planned each year, featuring their talents.

Schedule: Periodic evening gatherings

Contacts: The Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci (pantoci@columba.org)
Deborah Kennedy Coster (artshour@columba.org)

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Benedictine Cell

St. Benedict’s 5th-century Rule has been used by monastic communities for well over a thousand years. Despite the centuries that have elapsed between Benedict’s time and ours, it offers a surprisingly sturdy model for using the daily stuff of life—work, relationships with others, issues of authority and obedience—to grow closer to God. This group of parishioners meets twice a month to reflect and meditate on how they can use the Rule of St. Benedict to shape and inform their lives. They work with a brief passage from the Rule each week and with a guide, “The Rule of St. Benedict: Insights for the Ages,” by Joan Chittister, OSB, which is available at meetings. Newcomers are welcome.

Schedule: First and third Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Contact: Dick Dowd (benedictinecell@columba.org)

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Branches Discernment

This small gathering, sponsored by the Discernment Ministry, focuses on contemplative prayer, discernment principles and sharing in community.

Schedule: Fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 9 pm

Contact: Barbara Zangler (discernment@columba.org)

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a contemporary method of Christian meditation whose origin dates back to the early centuries of the Christian Church. It is prayer without thoughts, words, images or feelings and is designed to open the mind and heart to a deeper relationship with God and to an awareness of the divine presence in daily life. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other ways of praying; it merely augments our prayer repertoire. Instead of speaking to God with our thoughts, words and intentions, it teaches us to rest and listen to God in silence.

Centering Prayer groups meet on Monday evenings and Thursday at midday. Groups begin with Lectio Divina (meditative Bible study) followed by 30 minutes of centering prayer, a centering prayer teaching, group sharing and intercessory prayer. All who seek to deepen their relationship with God through prayer are welcome to join us.

Schedule: Monday evenings from 6:25 to 7:30 pm; Thursdays from 12:55 to 2:15 pm, in Rm 202.

Contact: Anne Jarman (centeringprayer@columba.org)

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First Monday Prayer Group

This group comes together once a month for deep listening for God’s voice and guidance in our daily lives. Group members share prayerful reflections on Bible stories of call and discernment. A new scripture reading is assigned for each month. Newcomers are always welcome. for the upcoming scripture reading.

Schedule: First Monday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 am

Contact: Bill Jensen (firstmonday@columba.org)

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Labyrinth Ministry

Are you seeking peace, renewal and time for quiet inner reflection? Come walk St C’s labyrinth! No experience is necessary and we welcome people of all ages and abilities. Volunteer guides will provide you with an informational flyer about walking the labyrinth and  answer any questions. We also offer special walks on request for other ministries or groups in the church. Learn more.

Schedule: Walks are scheduled usually twice a month in the Great Hall, on a Wednesday evening and a Saturday morning. Check the church calendar for upcoming dates.

Contact: Suzi Kindervatter (labyrinthleader@columba.org)

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Lenten Book Group

Sponsored by the Discernment Ministry, this small group uses discernment listening guidelines to discuss a book related to contemplative prayer.

Contact: Barbara Zangler (discernment@columba.org)

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Listening For Call

Sponsored by the Discernment Ministry and led by Chris Schumann, this 8-week class explores our relationship with God as preparation for hearing the Spirit’s call to purpose and action in our lives.

Contact: Barbara Zangler (discernment@columba.org)

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Sunday Adult Bible Study

This group meets each Sunday to discuss the assigned readings for the day as prescribed in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), which has been adopted by St. Columba’s and many other churches for use throughout the liturgical year. Our Bible study complements worship by providing an opportunity to explore the week’s RCL texts in more depth during the education hour. Looking at the readings in a group context offers a dynamic and provocative view of the scriptures. All are welcome. No preparation is necessary.

Regular Schedule: Sunday mornings from 10:20 to 11:05 am
Summer Schedule: Sunday mornings 9:30 to 10:10 am

Contact: Ken Valentine (sundaybiblestudy@columba.org)

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Thursday Morning Bible Study

Meets weekly to study and discuss the upcoming Sunday lessons and gospel. This is a fun, provocative, experiential Bible study. Newcomers welcome. Light breakfast and good fellowship served each week.

Schedule: Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 am
Contact: Jon McBride (thursdaybiblestudy@columba.org)

Treasures of the Library

This group meets in the Craig Eder Library on fourth Tuesdays at 2 pm for book discussions and sharing of library gems. All are welcome, even if you haven't read our current selection.

Schedule: Fourth Tuesday of the month 2–3 pm

Contact: bookgroup@columba.org.
 

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