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Date: 1st and 3rd Wed of the month Time: 1:30 pm Location: Member’s Homes Facilitator: Janis Evans
Bookworms will resume on Wed. Sept. 21. The book study for this fall will be about the wisdom of women mystics, Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr. Contact Janis Evans to ask about this bi-monthly group.
Date: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays -Starting Sept 13 Time: 10:30am via Zoom Facilitator: Blake Ford
Faith Explorations, Great Courses on-line discussion group that will begin on Tues, Sept. 6 at 10am via Zoom. We will continue with weekly lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman about the early history of the church, The Triumph of Christianity.
Date: 3rd Saturday of each month Time: 7pm Location: Arbutus Sanctuary Facilitator: Mark Green
Join us each month for an exploration of our theme through a variety of award- winning movies. Some are funny, some are well known, some are emotional but all of them cause us to think and engage our faith through the magic of cinema. Each month the movie title will be published in the newsletter and you are invited to join us. Popcorn, beverages and other snacks provided. Discussion follows the film. No registration required, please just show up!
Date: 2nd Wed of each month -Starting Oct 12 Time: 1:30pm-3pm
Location: Arbutus Sanctuary Leadership: Margaret Harper
A new group for those who are missing conversation with their church family. Each session there will be time for sharing our stories, supporting each other, laughter, visiting and refreshments. Come to connect with old friends, and make new ones! Registration is not required. If you are in need of a ride, or would like more info, please direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 4 Tues in Nov Time: 7pm – 8:30pm via Zoom Leadership: Min-Goo Kang
When was the last time someone truly lifted up your spirit by affirming your lived faith? Based on years of research and her work of love, Rev. Janet Gear (author of Undivided Love) laid out a foundation for us to celebrate our faith, which is alive in our midst already. The Theological Banquet is a workshop series that provides a language and set of lenses for us to talk about the various ways our faith is lived out in our church, lives, and the world (evangelical, ecclesial, missional, ecumenical, spiritual). We will learn to affirm and articulate our lived faith, deepen an appreciation of theological difference, and build capacity for theological interpretation of community life. So, let us engage with one another, and experience learning and growing together.
A look at racism through the lens of the award-winning book “Deep Diversity: a compassionate scientific approach to achieving racial justice” by Shakil Choudhury. While participants are encouraged to read the book in advance, it is not a prerequisite to participating in the 4 weeks of conversation about racial justice. This course will look at some of the reasons well-intentioned people can perpetuate systems of oppression, often unconsciously. Using a trauma-informed approach that removes shame or blame, tools will be offered to recognize, take authentic responsibility, and enact deep change
Date: 4 Tues (Mar 7-28) Time: 3pm-5pm Location: Arbutus Narthex Leadership: Margaret Harper
This four-part series will give participants the opportunity to have straight forward and honest conversations about death and dying. We will put DEATH on the table in way that encourages us to ponder, explore and speak from the heart about a reality that is so often kept in the shadows. We will form our conversation topics based on participants own questions, topics and desires. Register on the BVU website. Questions can be directed to email@example.com
Date: Wed Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 12 Time: 7pm via Zoom Leadership: Caring for Creation Small Group
Are you suffering from eco-anxiety? You are not alone. It’s a normal reaction to the often devastating impacts the changing climate is having on our beautiful planetary home. Join us for one, two, or all three zoom conversations this fall, as we begin to find ways to talk about “Creation, Climate and YOU”. This is not a one-off conversation but the beginning of a new way of living in right relationship with Earth. Some of us know very little about this issue and others have been talking, acting and worrying about it for decades. Let’s come together and share our hopes, fears, wisdom and stories. As Wendell Berry urges, can we learn how to “be joyful, though you have considered all the facts?”
Date: Thurs Sept 15 Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Arbutus Sanctuary
Undivided Love is a book about faith: how it is expressed and what it communicates. It empowers congregations to navigate the terrain of theological diversity and to address the deeper question: What are we called to do? Join us to hear Janet read some excerpts, answer some questions and share in some light refreshments. Rev Janet Gear is a McGeachy Senior Scholar, United Church Minister and formerly on staff at VST as the UCC Faith Formation Director
Date: Start date and time in Oct will be chosen once sufficient numbers have expressed interested
To be human is to know that inevitably we will all face situations of loss and grief, sorrow and change, heartbreak and despair. Learning to navigate the complexity of emotions as a result of the grieving process is a path that can be lonely, difficult and often overwhelming. Joining with others who are on a similar path can provide tremendous relief and the sense that we are not alone. If you have experienced a death loss, please know you are welcome to gather with us in a safe and confidential place to process the feelings and phases of grief. Please reach out to BVU Pastoral Care Minister, for more info. Margaret Harper firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-477-2715