Advent Adult Formation
The Season of Advent begins on November 28, 2021. We will offer opportunities to gather in person and for programs at home.
November 28 - December 19
Advent is a period of preparation for Christ's Church. This time of preparation serves three purposes; the preparation for and celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas, preparation for the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and also preparation for the Second Coming of Christ.
Please join us each Sunday during Advent at 9:30 AM to explore how we, the Church, can prepare ourselves for whatever is next for St. Thomas. In anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings at St. Thomas, let's open our hearts to love and acceptance of all of God's people.
The Advent program follows the four themes of Advent- Hope and Faith, Peace, Love, and Joy- and will be led by Pam Dettwiler, Chip Hill, Nancy Leslie and Roger Smith, and Sara Ptomey.
Brown Bag Book Group
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Wednesdays at 11:30 am with Deacon Charlotte Love beginning Wednesday, December 1. This past fall, Bishop Andy Doyle invited the clergy to read The Art of Gathering. In addition, he invited the author to speak to the clergy. This book was very meainful for Deacon Charlotte and the other clergy. The book is availabe at your favorite bookseller.
December 1 Week 1: Chapters 1-3
December 8 Week 2: Chapters 4-6
December 15 Week 3: Chapters 7-8
A COMPANION TO PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA’S “POETRY UNBOUND”
“The Christian story of incarnation in the body of a boy – a boy whose ancestors were both famous and infamous – is one that can spur us towards living with the courage that is indigenous to us. To be human is to be in the image of something good, and image comes from imagination. To be human is to be in the imagination of God, and the imagination is the source of integrity as well as cracks. To be born is to be born into a story of possibility, a story of failure, a story of imagination and the failure of imagination. To be born is to be born with the possibility of courage. Hello to courage.” + PAdraig O Tuama, In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World
PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA hosts a podcast titled Poetry Unboard. Salt Project has coupled podcasts with weekly reflections with scripture. Download the digital copy here and then find Poetry Unbound on your favorite podcast platform. (Apple, Spotify, etc.) or you can visit their webiste here to listen from their website.
There is a free Advent retreat with PÁDRAIG on November 27th. You can view the details here.
The Season of Almost with Kate Bowler
“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.” — EVA K. LOGUE
Living Well Through Advent 2021:
Practicing Patience with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength
Living Well Through Advent 2021: Practicing Patience with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind includes reflections from Robbin Brent, Steven Charleston, Jan Kwiatkowski, Jason Lavann, Amy Sander, Montanez, Lisa Senuta, and Scott Stoner.