Adult Faith Formation
Faith Formation for Adults
Meeting right after coffee hour (around 10:30)
Book Study: Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle February 24-March 17
Join Shannon for a book study!
In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at age nine, in a gang by age twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgiveness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.
This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and re-convinces us all of our own goodness.
Exploring Justice Issues Through A Documentary Lens March 24-April 7
How does the work of documentary filmmakers shape our views and our beliefs? How does experiencing how someone else lives impact how we think about large issues? Each week we’ll watch a short documentary (45 minutes or less) and talk about it afterwards!
March 24: Heroin(e): Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon shows a different side of the fight against drugs; one of hope.
March 31: Notes from Dunblane: Lessons From A School Shooting In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took the lives of 20 first graders and their teachers, local clergymen Father Bob Weiss receives a letter from a fellow priest in Dunblane, Scotland, whose community suffered an eerily similar fate in 1996. From across the Atlantic, the two priests forge a poignant bond through the shared experience of trauma and healing.
April 7: Out of Many, One: The United States has long offered a promise of opportunity and safety to arriving immigrants – The American Dream. However, currently facing a time of deep political, social, and cultural divide, immigration has become a divisive issue.
Book Study: Love Without Limits by Jaqueline A. Bussie
Join Pastor Julie for a two week study on this book!
Every day, millions of people lament the loss of civility, respect, and hope, and they wonder if it’s possible to cultivate a love big enough to overthrow hate and heal our hurts. With courage, authenticity, and relevance, Jacqueline A. Bussie proclaims, “Yes! It’s possible!” and urges readers to widen love’s wingspan and to love as God loves–without limits or exceptions.
In Love Without Limits, Bussie imparts practical solutions for people of faith who yearn to love across division and difference in these troubled times. Through poignant personal memoir, engaging theological reflection, inspiring true stories of boundary-busting friendships, creative readings of scripture, and surprising shout-outs to some of love’s unsung heroes, Bussie challenges readers to answer God’s call to practice a love so deep, it subverts the social order; so radical, it scandalizes the powerful; so vast, it excludes no one.
St. Peder’s Library
Our library is located across from the lounge for easy access anytime during church hours. The library features a wide variety of books, children’s books, pre-teen and young adult selections, biblical resources, videos, DVD’s and other resources. Stop and take a look through our selection of resources.
Gather Bible Study
Gather Bible Study meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30am. All are welcome to come and join in this Bible Study. Monthly themes can be found in the Messenger Newsletter.
What is Pub Theology? It is an informal gathering of people who discuss different topics about religion or tough issues of faith or just talk about how God is acting in their lives. The group is open to all ages, but you must be 21 or older to drink. We meet the first Monday of every month (October-May) at Parkway Pizza on Minnehaha Ave at 7:00. There will be a topic for each gathering that will be put in the bulletin the week before this group meets. Contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. To sign up for the Pub Theology mailing list, go to this link.
Throughout the year, Book Studies are offered at St. Peder’s. Shannon Kearns will often lead a book study during Advent, Lent or during other church seasons. Contact Shannon at email@example.com with any questions.
We invite all to join us on the First Sunday of Advent for an Advent Event Celebration that begins at 10:30am with a special and brief worship service, followed by a simple soup lunch, with special events & crafts for all ages. It is another way in which we gather together as a congregational family.
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