Adult Formation

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    BARBARA MCGOWAN
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    BARBARA MCGOWAN
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    BARBARA MCGOWAN

Come celebrate new life and new growth opportunities ... join us for a class, workshop or discussion group.
Questions? Contact:
Amy Molina-Moore.

CIRCLES
Looking for opportunities for meaningful big talk, instead of regular occasions for “small talk?” Sign up for a Circle! Using guided material, you and your Circle group will read Scripture and talk about where God does or doesn’t seem to fit in your life. Groups will meet 12 times a year at a time of your choosing. Click here to sign up online.

WISDOM CIRCLE
Second Wednesdays of the month, 9:30-11 am in Rm 212
"Every one gets to be old, not everyone gets to be an Elder."  Join others in exploring the spiritual terrain of Elderhood using Scripture and conversation as your guide. Join us .

Lenten Formation

Sabbath Keeping for Ourselves and Creation

Under sky-high expectations; burdened by the pressure to be perfect; over-committed and wildly over extended … Does this sound like you or someone you know or someone you parent? This Lent we’re going to do something about this crushing pace of life. This Lent we are going stop and "Remember the Sabbath!”

Lenten Book Groups

Meeting weekly on various days/times Schedule
The St. Columba’s community will be reading two books this Lent to help us dive in deeper into Sabbath living. 

Book Option #1: “Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time”
By MaryAnn McKibben Dana, this brilliant book combines ancient Sabbath teachings with a Christian family’s personal story of how practicing Sabbath changed their lives as a family. 

Book Option #2: “Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now”
By Walter Brueggemann, this book is a profound theological exploration of why Sabbath is as relevant today as it ever was. 

St. C's Lenten Book Groups meet weekly on various days/times. Sign up today for the group of your choice. Or read one of the books on your own. Questions? Contact: Amy Molina-Moore

Lenten Half-day Retreat: Embodying Prayer

Sat., Mar. 16, 9 am-1 pm, in Rm 212 and the Great Hall
We'll start with coffee hour (8:30-9 am) and then begin with Centering Prayer, carrying the silence into a walking meditation on the Labyrinth, and finally in deepening silence, moving together in simple patterns of meditative dance. The steps are easy to follow; all are welcome. (Co-sponsored by St. C's Centering Prayer Group, Labyrinth Ministry and Contemplative Outreach of MD/DC) Contact: Suzi Kindervatter

Lenten Classes & Workshops

"The Gathering"

March 13 – April 10, 6:30-7 pm, in the Azzi Lounge (2nd fl.)
Join us for a time of light refreshments and togetherness. We’ll share light snacks and conversation before we say Evening Prayer at 6:50 pm.

The Way: Introduction to Christianity & Episcopal Identity

Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10, 7-8:15 pm, in Rm 220
In the ancient church Lent was a time of catechesis - religious instruction in preparation for Baptism or Confirmation. We’re doing the same at St. C’s!  If you are 16 or older, want to be Baptized, Confirmed or Received, please come to this five-week foundations of Christianity and Episcopal Identity course. Even if you don’t want to join the church, but have questions about “the basics” of the faith, you’re welcome!

Living Green Workshops

Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10, 7-8:15 pm, in the Great Hall
St. Columba’s is planning a series of five FREE "Living Green" workshops during Lent. The goal is to provide concrete and practical options to live a more Earth-friendly life. The workshop series will cover the following topics:

March 13

The Son and the Sun, a religious perspective from David Griswold, followed by an overview of solar options, with breakout groups for DC and Montgomery County residents.

March 20

Green Homes, a survey of ideas for greening our homes, such as energy audits, community solar and zero waste.

March 27

Green Community, ways we can improve our community, such as green Banking, green investing and low-impact transportation options.

April 3

Green World, what can we do in the larger world. Learn about international efforts like Sustainable Villages Honduras and Solar Electric Light Fund.

April 10

Green Gardens, looking at bird- and bee-friendly plants, composting, rain barrels, rain gardens, pests and pesticides, insect-friendly plants and perennials.

Click here to download a Living Green workshop flyer (PDF)

Giving up something for Lent? Many of us have a practice of giving something up for Lent; chocolate, alcohol, social media. This Lent, in addition to your usual practice, St. C’s Environment Committee invites you to consider giving up something that could have global impact, as well as spiritual impact. Can you give up eating meat on one or more night a week? Can you give up single use plastics? Can you take on a practice of composting a meal or more a day? As is often the case, these small, personal Lenten practices can ultimately have big lasting impact this time not just for ourselves, but for all of Creation. We hope you will join us!