Fall 2011 Offerings
Reclaiming the Center Sponsored by the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies, The Church of the Redeemer has been invited to participate in a very stimulating study of the Bible as viewed through the lens of both Christians and Jews. The participants will be from a variety of area churches so the conversation will be rich and informative. This will be held two times so if the fall unit does not work, maybe the spring unit will. The dates for the fall are on Monday evenings, 7p.m.-9 p.m.: September 12 , 19, 26, October 3, 10, and 17. Advance registration is required and is available on the ICJS Web site.The spring dates are also on Monday evenings, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and June 4.
Rector's Bible Study: Uncomfortable Words A study series based on the passages in the bible that we wish were not there. We will look at the war like aspects of God (I will destroy your enemies before you) and the seemingly impossible demands Jesus makes of his disciples (If you right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.) We will also tackle any passages suggested by class participants. Do you have a passage of scripture that has bugged you for years? Bring it on and we will confront it. Do you want to engage the authority of sacred scripture like Marcion? He was a well-known bishop in the first century. He developed a canon of scripture; a list of what would be included in a Christian bible. He excluded the whole Old Testament, much of the gospels, and included passages from Mark and some of Paul’s letters. We have the whole bible and we must contend with its entirety, the good, the bad and the ugly. Come and explore this with us. Led by the rector, The Rev. Dr. Paul Tunkle on Monday mornings 10:00 -11:30 a.m. beginning September 12.
Women Who Wonder New for fall 2011 and led by The Rev. Caroline Stewart. This is a discussion group format for women, whose subject matter will be themed in monthly units. The focus will be on our spirituality as experienced in movies, art, poetry, and writing. Participation by the month is encouraged. The group meets on Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning September 15.
Sacred Space for Grace
A 6-week support group for those experiencing loss. We seek to provide a warm, safe, and affirming community for you to share your story of loss – be it a death, change in marital or work status, move, or other loss – and to find common bonds with others. Led by Redeemer members: Facilitator Dorcas K. Hutton, MS, LGPC, NCC – Licensed Professional Counselor with a degree in Pastoral Counseling; Lay support leader Joanne R. Tetrault, MA. Please pre-register by September 15 by contacting The Rev. Caroline R. Stewart by email or phone 410-435-7333 ext. 228. Group limited to 12 participants. Monday Evenings in the fall beginning September 19, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fall Mini-Retreat with Barbara Crafton: Saturday, October 15: 9 a.m.-12 noon. The Rev. Barbara Crafton is a well known and popular Episcopal priest, author and retreat leader. The theme for the morning will be "Sad for No Good Reason: When Faith and Depression Meet" and will include time for quiet reflection. To learn more about Barbara, visit her Web site, www.geraniumfarm.org.
Hope and Challenge Lectures: This promises to be a very popular and innovative series of lectures on specific topics of interest in our community. The presenters are experts in the various fields. Click here for further lecture descriptions.
Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.-8:30: “Depression” by Dr. Ray DePaulo
Wednesday, November 2, 7p.m.-8:30: “Eating Disorders” by Dr. Jennifer Moran
Wednesday, November 16, 7 p.m.-8:30: “Autism” by Dr. Ellen Feifarek, Ms. Linda Pearl
Wednesday, November 30, 7 p.m.-8:30: “Dementia” by Dr. Constantine Lyketsos
Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m.-8:30 Liturgical service for Hope and Challenge
Advent Retreat: December 3, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m..
Watch for the offerings published each week in the Worship bulletins and e-Redeemer newsletter and each month in the Chimes. We hope you will find the variety of speakers, topics, discussion groups and fellowship activities informative, lively, fun and, most of all, spiritually enriching.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of education and spiritual formation offered through the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and presented in small groups around the country. Redeemer hosts an EfM group that meets weekly September through June. If you are looking for a structured curriculum of biblical and theological studies and theological reflection in a small seminar-style setting, please contact Anne Pidcock or Jeff Ayres or one of the members of the clergy.
If adult spiritual formation is your calling, if you have a program you would like to suggest or plan or offer, or if you are looking for a ministry at Redeemer, we would love to talk with you about your ideas or interest in joining our ministry. Please let any member of the Christian Formation Committee or Redeemer's clergy know of your interest. We'd love to hear from you.
We look forward to your participation in one or more of our programs!
For more information, contact:
Clergy Liaison: The Rev. Caroline Stewart: 410-435-7333 ext. 228