Are you interested in beginning a conversation with others from St. Paul’s about race? Several of use would like to begin by reading Dear White Christians by Jennifer Harvey this summer. We’ll read the book on our own, then gather for a potluck and conversation about next steps sometime in August. The book is by special order from your favorite local independent bookseller or from Amazon. For more information, contact Linzi Stahlecker.
On the first Sunday of each month the 5PM community is invited to gather after the service for refreshment and conversation at TS McHugh’s on Mercer Street. Sometimes we converse around a theme, sometimes we simply gather because it is good to be together. We wander over after we’ve had some post-worship fellowship and clean-up time, and appetizers are on St. Paul’s. All are welcome.
Throughout our lives, we make choices about what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to. A word for this process of decision-making is “discernment.” At St. Paul’s we believe that some of the weightier decisions we have to make are best made in an exploratory listening process with others. Thus, each year we offer mutual discernment groups that assist those with a question for discernment to work on the question in the context of a prayerful, confidential, committed community that listens deeply to the question and helps the person explore “the questions under the question.”
Mutual discernment groups are not therapy, advice giving or support groups. Rather they are groups led by trained facilitators who are guardians of specific process in which the “focus person” lays out his or her question and then responds to the questions of others about the focus person’s question.
Some questions that participants might bring to a mutual discernment group are: Should I retire at this time in my work life? Am I open to marriage/partnership at this time? Am I being called to commit to a specific church community or not? What is the nature of my vocation? Should I take the responsibility for a specific project right now? What kind of life do I want for myself right now?
Contact Mother Sara if you’re interested in finding out more about discernment groups.