RISING STRONG: Transformation After Falling
The Rev. Matthew Wise
Class meets: September 16 - October 7
Since her book Daring Greatly was published, Brené Brown and her team have received emails every week from people who write, “I dared greatly. I was brave. I got my butt kicked and now I’m down for the count. How do I get back up?” What do the women and men who have successfully staggered to their feet after having fallen and found the courage to try again have in common? Using Brown’s book Rising Strong as a launch pad, this introductory four-week class will explore the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle. We will reckon with our emotions. We will rumble with our stories. We will practice this process until it becomes nothing short of a revolution in our lives.
Wrestling with God
James Dennis, OP
Class meets: October 21, 28, November 11, 18
This four-week class will use Ron Rolheiser’s book Wrestling with God as a framework to look at and explore the fears and doubts that lead us away from knowing who Jesus is and who we are in Christ. The book “offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, he examines the fears and doubts that challenge us.” The class will explore key themes from the book.
Planning for Life’s Seasons
Various members of St. Mark’s and Guests
Class meets: January 13 - February 24
In this class, we will look at a theology of life and of death and how that shapes our understandings of health and wellness. The eight week class will also include sessions on getting things in order at different life stages, medical directives, estate planning, death and dying, considerations for funerals, and an opportunity for asking questions of experts in these various areas.
An Altar In Your Heart – Lent 2019
James Dennis, OP, The Rev. Mary Earle, The Rev. Mary Margaret Mueller
March 10 - 31
This four week Lenten class will look at An Altar In Your Heart: Meditations on the Jesus Prayer by The Rt. Rev. Robert B. Hibbs. Using the Jesus Prayer as a framework for meditation, Hibbs invites us into a special Lenten discipline, allowing for a deepening in knowing Jesus as we continue to seek to know who we say Jesus is. In the 20th Anniversary Edition of the book, The Rev. Mary Earle writes, “Twenty years after the first edition of this book, we live in a culture beset by distraction and phenomenally shallow life. As this fragmented, distressed version of the human psyche predominates, the Jesus Prayer offers us an alternative. As Bob points out, we come home to ourselves. Our truest selves. We come home to the fact of ever being in the loving presence of the Risen Christ, who holds our very cells in being. We come home to the awareness that there is no place where God is not. We come home to the stunning truth that we are never, ever alone, for the Risen Christ is the One in whom we live and move and have our being.” This class will explore that invitation to come home again