FAITH & LIFE GROUPS: SPRING 2019

Our Spring Faith & Life Groups begin right after Easter, and we have a fantastic line-up of options to share with you! Faith & Life Groups are designed to foster meaningful conversation about faith and everyday issues. We see them as an opportunity for a high-impact, short-term commitment (usually just a few meetings). Participants report they've shared profound conversations, met new people, and explored new interests. Led by members of the First Church community, both lay leaders and staff, this Spring's offerings are listed below. To register please click here.

 

Aging with Grace and Dying Well

Join us for a four-art series in which we will offer each other companionship and spiritual resources for encountering the end of life. In this Easter season, let's wrestle with the big questions together as we let God's presence and this community hold us. Let's learn together how we can find dignity, courage, grace, hope, and peace in our aging and in our dying. We will offer spiritual readings, time for conversation, and reflection, along with a few practical resoureces for end-of-life planning.

Leaders: Dan Smith and Lexi Boudreaux

Meeting Times: Thursday mornings, 10:00 - 11:45 am, April 25, and May 2, 9, and 23.

 

Women in Times of Transition

This group's leaders feel fortunate to have been part of a Faith & Life Group last fall who read and discussed Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. This experience served as a springboard for new relationships and many discussions. As a result, they decided to look for another book that addresses the transitions that might be unique to women and found Kathleen Fischer's Autumn Gospel: Women in the Second Half of Life. Using this book as a guide, they look forward to meeting with women interested in exploring times of transitions in their own lives, focusing on themes such as spirtuality and innter lives, mindfulness, grief, giving and receiving care, and more.

Leaders: Alex Steinert-Evoy and Susan Reynolds

Meeting Times: Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, April 30, and May 7, 14, and 28.

 

White Fragility

We will read Robin DiAngelo's book White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, and explore its concepts as part of First Church's ongoing racial justice journey. What does "white fragility" mean and how can understanding its function enable us to engage more constructively around issues of race, power and privilege? White fragility referes to the defensive moves that white folks make when challenged about race and white racial identity formation. Come join us for a dive into this important subject!

Leaders: Abby Shuman and Beth Loomis

Meeting Times: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, April 30, May 7, 21, and 28, and June 4. NOTE: Registration is required; group size will be limited.

 

How the Church Tells Time: An Introduction to the Liturgical Year

This 5-session group is for those who have little to no experience with the church calendar, as well as those for whom the liturgical year has been a constant part of their church life. We will explore the majore cycles of Advent/Christmas/Epiphanyand Lent/Easter/Pentecost, as well as Ordinary Time and special days such as All Saints Sunday. We will look at the church calendar as a type of spiritual practice, as well as its relevance to today's world.

Leader: Beth Spaulding

Meeting Times: Wednesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

 

Birding for Fun

Join avid birder Marianne Jensen and a group of First Church folks at Mount Auburn Cemetery for a few early morning walks to observe the birds passing through this Spring. Meeting times will be set later. The leader will notify you by email of the meeting place, days, and times. You can join for all the walks or just one. Binoculars will be handy, and please wear good walking shoes as we explore this famous birding hotspot.

Leader: Marianne Jensen

Meeting Times: early mornings, TBD

 

Spirituality - Autobiography - Conversion

This is a chance to study your spirituality and biography while reflecting on First Church, 1634-1644. Thomas Shepherd was the first minister known for his deep affection for Christian spirituality. We shall read excerpts from "God's Plot. Spirituality in Thomas Shepherd's Cambridge" by Michael McGiffert; along with some outlines on spiritual direction and church history.

Leader: Henry Woodhull Gates

Meeting Times: Thursday evenings, 7 - 8:30 p.m., May 16, 23, and 30.

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