Everything that we do is a part of our spiritual formation. We want to be formed into the likeness of Christ and into a community of persons who welcome, worship, heal, and serve together as Jesus taught his disciples to do. Classes for adults are extensive and cover a broad array of topics and purposes, from being very new as a Christian, all the way to exploring deep historical and theological questions.
THE WAY OF RADICAL COMPASSION
"The Way of Radical Compassion is a practical spiritual formation program for persons who seek to deepen their skills and capacities for compassionate living. The program is ideal for ministers, organizational leaders, social justice activists, teachers, parents, and anyone who seeks practical training in compassionate living. Grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus, this program transforms the desire to love God, self, and others into practical actions that heal oneself, individuals, families, organizations, and the larger world. Taught by Dr. Frank Rogers from The Center for Engaged Compassion, The Way of Radical Compassion offers weekly spiritual practices, group processes, readings, and teachings for personal and social transformation."
This course will be offered at St. Paul's Pomona on Tuesday evenings from 7pm - 9pm starting September 16th through December 2. To register, please contact Cate Wilson.
THE HUMAN AND THE HOLY
A Rabbi, a Monk, a Poet, and a Tenderhearted walk into a bar...
Well look who just walked into the H & H— Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Catholic monk Thomas Merton, American poet Mary Oliver, and tenderhearted companion of the anawim Jean Vanier. Ok, so Merton’s the only one of the four who logged any hours in bars. But Humor me and pull up a chair. Join us as we listen and enter into the conversation of these four wise guides, each a prolific author, mystic, and prophet in his or her own right. Instead of using these formative figures as mere subjects of study, we will use their lives and writings, their theology and spirituality, their questions and convictions, to reflect on our own struggles and joys, yearning and desire to become human and holy.
Each gathering we try to include our five characteristic movements: (1) silence for prayer and personal reflection; (2) spiritual practice; (3) reverent dialogue in companion circles; (4) thoughtful presentations; and (5) ritual action. Come, be part of this circle of sacred dialogue and holy listening. There is always room for new friends among us.
TIME: Sundays, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
DATES: Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb21, Mar 20, Apr 24*, May 15
PLACE: St. Paul’s Sanctuary
REGISTERING for the entire series is encouraged. Full year: $360, Second member, same household: $180. Fee by the session: $50. A three installment payment plan is also available.
For more information, please contact Jean at 626-964-5861 or email Dan firstname.lastname@example.org .
OUR SPIRITUAL GUIDE: Dan Miller, Ph.D. is a teacher, spiritual guide, and writer. He received M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the Claremont School of Theology. Dan’s commitment and joy are to help persons cultivate lives of spiritual depth, to become more fully alive, to learn what it means to be the beloved of God, to connect contemplative awareness and compassionate action, to discover their gifts and offer them to themost vulnerable, and to live in kinship with the earth.
Beginnings is an invitational program of hospitality and basic spiritual formation for newcomers to intentional Christian living. This program may be suitable for seekers, persons considering becoming disciples of Jesus, and newcomers to our community. Beginnings includes suppers hosted by our community, evocative videos, and small group conversations about the deep questions of our lives.
LIVING THE QUESTIONS
Living the Questions is a DVD and discussion course to introduce the community to progressive Christian thought, spirituality, mission, and community. In the words of the program literature: “People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer the human race. At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a “thinking” Christian and that “salvaging” Christianity is a hopeless task.
What many have longed for is a safe environment where they have permission to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic. Living the Questions provides a context where people can be liberated from stagnant clichés and pursue their questions and seek to inform their understanding as part of a life-long spiritual journey. Through exposure to provocative theological and spiritual insights and the engagement of small group conversation, participants in Living the Questions will experience how profoundly important the journey itself is.
Each year, in the late winter/early spring leading up to Easter, we offer the Catechumenate. This program is offered to those who are preparing for Holy Baptism, for Confirmation, or for formal Reception into the Episcopal Church. These rites take place at the Great Vigil of Easter, which is the ancient Christian service that takes place during the night before Easter Sunday when one of our bishops administers the Sacraments. The Catechumenate includes evocative videos, small group discussion, and personal conversations with the clergy as the participants prepare to solemnly receive these Sacraments and to assume full membership in our community.
Our community meets regularly during the year in small groups called House Gatherings. Each gathering has a different theme or focus based on the Christian life. Bible study, Christian meditation, spiritual disciplines, liturgical seasons, stewardship, are but some of the topics the groups address in a prayerful but celebratory setting around a meal in someone’s home.