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Did Jesus Really Just Say That?
Co-Facilitator: Billy Baxter | Gibson Hall, Conference Room B

This group will read The Difficult Words of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine, a prominent Jewish New Testament scholar, and discuss some of Jesus’s more poignant and controversial statements in the Gospels. For example, what did he mean you should sell what you own and give money to the poor, so that you will have treasure in Heaven? We will explore what these statements meant in the context of 1st Century Judea, as well as what they mean for us today both individually and as members of a larger faith community?

Contact: Billy Baxter, wbaxterii@yahoo.com or (804) 317-7318

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Contemplative Practices of the Heart
Co-Facilitators: Sarah Eck & Suzanne Hall | Michaux House, Room 201

Come and experience the contemplative practices of Lectio Davina, Centering Prayer and prayer with Anglican Prayer Beads. Explore how these ancient practices may bring new life and deeper dimension to your spirituality. Companion book suggestion: Intimacy with God, An Introduction to Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating. Anglican Prayer Beads may be found on-line or locally at Richmond Hill.

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Readings that Charm, Challenge, and Inspire
Co-Facilitator: Anna Evas |  Michaux House Library

If, as Rowan Williams writes in Being Human, imagination fills the greater part of empathy, then imaginative works like stories and poems should help us to be more human, more connected with ourselves and others. Using concepts from Williams’s book to guide us, we will discuss the lighter works of Tolstoy, Tolkien, T.S. Eliot, and Seamus Heaney. We will also read the heartwarming biblical story Tobit, illustrated by Rembrandt. All selections, with reading schedule, will be emailed by request.

Contact: Anna Evas, AnnaEvasHello@gmail.com

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Parenting Group
Co-Facilitator: Emily Stock  |  Michaux House Front Parlors

Parents of kids of all ages are invited to come share a cup of coffee together, share experiences, joys and challenges together. We’ll have a few guest speakers and the group might decide to read a book or share a podcast together. Or just drink coffee. Come and see!
Contact: Emily Stock, emilynewmanstock@gmail.com

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Earth Care, Soul Care
Co-Facilitators: Monica Lewis & Br. Leo Campos | Michaux House Garden

Christians have always responded to the problems in the world with good works that share God’s love. Now, the ecological crisis calls us to respond. Yet, for many reasons, we, as a society struggle to make the changes that will improve our collective, and planetary, health. As we work to protect and conserve the natural world, can we develop reserves of personal and spiritual resilience? Can we see that tending to the world — action — and tending to our inner lives —contemplation — need not be separate? Both are sustained by God’s love.We will read selections from recent books at the intersection of faith and environmentalism and we will share spiritual practices (such as intercessory prayer and litter and nature walks) as we support each other in deepening our understanding of our creator God who redeems us and sustains us along with all plants and animals, making all things new.

Contact: Monica Lewis, modemolew@yahoo.com or Br. Leo, brleocos@gmail.com

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