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Lenten Formation

Lenten Book Groups

"The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming"
March 2-April 12

Gather with fellow parishioners to read and engage with “The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming” by Henri Nouwen (available at the St. C’s bookstore).

This wise and beautiful book is about homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation. Nouwen uses the parable to explore the challenge of loving and being loved and opening our hearts to God’s transformative work in us.

Groups will meet at the following times/locations for six weeks in Lent:

Tuesdays, Mar. 7-Apr. 11, 7-9 pm, St. C’s (Library) Leaders: Adrienne Clamp, Chris Schumann  Register

Tuesdays, Mar. 7-Apr. 11, 7:30-9 pm, Hosted by Linda Yangas, Bethesda  Register

Fridays, Mar. 3-Apr. 7, 9:30-11 am, St. C’s (Library), Leader: Greg Drury  Register

Wednesday Nights in Lent

"The Dance of LoveJourneying to Forgiveness with the Prodigal"
Meets March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
7-8:30 pm in the Great Hall

The story Jesus told about the father and his two sons, one who went away and came back and the other who stayed but distanced himself, presents us with five movements in the dance of repentance and reconciliation: breaking away from love; coming to repentance; receiving forgiveness; forgiving others; celebration. As with all dances, some of the steps come naturally to us, and some are hard to learn. We repeat the movements, and get better as we go. Eventually, as we grow in faith, we find we’re able to dance without thinking–forgiveness becomes a habit of our heart.

This Wednesday Lenten series is intended as a companion to our book study of Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Homecoming. We will take up the same story, using some of Nouwen’s insights as we go. Each week will combine a time of teaching with an opportunity for spiritual reflection and a spiritual exercise, and will end in a brief time of worship. No registration necessary ... just come!

Contact: Terry Dowd

Spring Courses

Wednesdays, starting April 19, 7 pm, Rm 220
Have general questions about the Christian faith and looking for answers? Are you considering being confirmed or received into The Episcopal Church during the Bishop’s visit on June 4th? If you answered “yes” to either question, this course is for you!

Using the internationally recognized Alpha program we'll explore a range of topics for those ready to make a deeper commitment to the Church or those curious about what such a commitment means.

Join us! A light dinner will be served every meeting so please RSVP to Amy Molina-Moore for a proper headcount.

Law, Religion and Values: Competing Theories of Justice
Wednesdays, starting April 19 (five sessions), 7 pm
, Great Hall
(No class on Wed., May 10 so you may volunteer with New to You!)
Dr. Michael Kessler, director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University.
Have you ever wondered about things like: “What are the moral values underlying the law? How does the law achieve justice? How can moral judgments be brought to bear in modern, secular institutions or in the formation of public policies?

If so, join Dr. Michael Kessler for a series of talks answering these questions and more. Together we will examine theories of justice and the relationship between law and morality in light of religious and theological visions of the good life.

Easter Living!
Sundays, April 23 - May 28 (six sessions), 10:15 – 11 am
In courtyard on sunny days/Church Nave (under the balcony) on rainy days
During Easter (and the rest of the church calendar for that matter) we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, but what does that mean for us? For our lives? For the world?

Join the Revs. Ledlie and Amy for informal conversations centered in Scripture about what it means to be people who take the resurrection seriously, (even if not every Christian takes it literally).

Questions? Contact: the Rev. Amy Molina-Moore

“Encountering Islam From Within” Lecture Series

A Series of Five Lectures, Sept. 28 – Oct. 26, 2016
This introduction to Islam offers basic teachings in the context of current tensions and opportunities as we explore ways to deepen our commitment to interfaith partnership among Christians and Muslims.

Wed., Sept. 28, 7-9 pm in the Great Hall
“Islam: Beliefs & Rituals, the Bible and the Qu'ran - where they intersect & where they diverge”

Led by Imam Yahya Hendi
Session Recordings (mp3)
Part 1     Part 2

Wed., Oct. 5, 7-9 pm in the Great Hall
“Shari'ah, the History of Islam & Life of Muhammad”

Led by Imam Yahya Hendi
Wed., Oct. 12, 7-9 pm in the Great Hall

“Human Rights and Interfaith Dialogue”
Led by Salih Sayilgan and Zeyneb Sayilgan

Wed., Oct. 19, 7-9 pm in the Great Hall

“Islam & Christianity: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Led by Imam Yahya Hendi

Wed., Oct. 26, 7-9 pm in the Great Hall

“Women and Gender”
Led by Zeyneb Sayilgan

Session Recordings (mp3)
Part 1     Part 2

Questions? Contact: Terry Dowd

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