Education and Spiritual Development

This ministry is committed to offering a variety of practices and programs to enhance our individual spiritual lives as well as our life together in community. The key offering is our practice of silent meditation, meeting every Monday afternoon at 4:30 pm, a practice we began over four years ago.  This is open to the greater peninsula and island community.

The following is a sampling of the ministry’s offerings over the past several years: facilitator presentations and discussions on the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Enneagram, Existentialism and Ethics.   Recent book groups have discussed:

Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey Through Lent by Albert Holtz

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nowen

The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr

The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel

For 2019

We have just completed a series of three book study and discussion sessions on the works of Thomas Merton. The study and discussion group focused on a common common text: Love and Living, edited by Naomi Burton Stone and BrotherPatrick Hart, a selection of Merton’s writings on a range of subjects and grounded in his core reality, Love.

This Thursday, July 28th, will be the second of seven consecutive Thursdays of a book group on The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr lead by The Right Rev. Sam Hulsey and Ann Tarlton.

August 12 - 9am - Noon Georg Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosopy of Religion. A discussion of selected readings from Hegel’s lectures on religion.

September - Old Testament and Depth Psychology on Jacob and Joseph presented by the Rev. Richard Mallory. Mondays September 2nd, 9th and 16th at 10am.

Three Old Testament study/discussion groups focused on the Jacob saga and the Joseph story. Description:”we will be looking at historical context and the purpose of legend in ancient Israel. More importantly, we will be highlighting universal themes of growth and development and existential crises from perspectives in the depth psychology of Jung and psychoanalytic theory. How do these ancient stories mirror our own and how do they shed light on the faith journey? Participants are encouraged to share as deeply as they choose.”

  • Readings; Gen 25:19-36:43 and Gen 37:1-50:26

  • Monday morning  September 2nd from 10-11:30

  • Monday morning  September 9th from 10-11:30

  • Monday morning  September 16th from 10-11:30

Richard has also recommended The Man who Wrestled With God by Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst ,John Sanford for any who want more guidance with theses readings before  and during the group meetings.

“Sermon talk backs” at coffee hour, 9/1,9/15 and 9/29. Richard describes “talk backs as a time that invites people to share how they connected to the sermon and where its content took them. People can also say how anything in the service struck them. It’s a place to literally talk back to the preacher so that worship is not a one way street.”