We are beginning 3 separate spiritual formation programs for adults. You may decide to participate in 1 or all of them. Watch for more information about each one.
- HTC Reading Group: A Private Facebook Group & monthly discussion beginning in July
We will offer a different book each month, and participants will be able to share reflections on Facebook (facilitated by Mother Judith and Rose Reith) and/ or to join an in-person discussion at the church on the 4th Wednesday of each month facilitated by Lynn Garland. (More information below)
2. Practicing our Faith: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices
We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, beginning on July 7th, taking a break during December. We will alternate between meeting in person and on Zoom
This program will begin in July and conclude just before Easter, 2023. The curriculum can be downloaded for free from www.forwardmovement.org. An accompanying book is recommended but not required: Walk in Love, by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe is available on Amazon and other booksellers. A schedule of classes is included in this newsletter.
Practicing our Faith: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices: November 3rd & December 1st @ 7-8:30pm
Please note that we will meet only once in November. Our topic will be Basic Beliefs: The Creeds & Holy Scripture[Walk in Love, Chapters 13 & 14).
HTC Facebook Reading Group
Each month we will read a different book together, each offering a different perspective on the basic questions of meaning and purpose in our lives. These books will be drawn from different topics and genres.
We have two different ways of sharing our reflections: Written reflections shared in this Facebook group (facilitated by Mother Judith and Rose Reith) and a monthly in-person meeting at the church (facilitated by Lynn Garland). You may decide upon one or both of these ways to participate. While it will be a private group, this will not be limited to Holy Trinity members: Please extend an invitation to your friends.
Here is the book list:
November – Silence: The Power of Quiet in a Noisy World by Thich Nhat Hanh [Harper, 2015] audiobook available
HTC Reading Group: Discussion on Thursday December 1st @ 4:30 at the church
The Zen master and one of the world’s most beloved teachers writes a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.
Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn’t require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness—and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.
July: Seeing the Unseen, by Mark M. Beckwith [Morehouse Publishing, 2022]
Wednesday July 27th 7-8 pm
The former Bishop of New Jersey and currently Missioner for Spirituality and Leadership in our diocese, The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith has a gift for integrating spiritual reflection with practical action. His book offers stories from his own ministry to show the many different ways in which he himself learned to “see the unseen.” Instead of dismissing those whose views and experiences are different from our own, he argues that we must look directly at them and see the goodness that is inherent in all things.”
August: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi [Random House, 2016]
Wednesday August 24th 7-8 pm
This memoir was written after Kalinithi, a neurosurgeon, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 36. As one reviewer has explained, “In both his undergraduate and graduate studies, he took on double course loads of literature and science, paving his path to be either a writer or a doctor. Kalanithi was fascinated with the moral complexities that come with humanity and realized that as a writer he would only be a casual observer but as a physician he would be on the front lines of life and death.” Kalithi wrote: Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.
September: The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina [Overlook Press, 2021]
Wednesday September 28th 7-8 pm
The international bestselling novel sold in 21 countries, about grief, mourning, and the joy of survival, inspired by a real phone booth in Japan with its disconnected “wind” phone, a place of pilgrimage and solace since the 2011 tsunami. Known as the “Wind Phone,” the disconnected rotary telephone allows grieving family members to speak, in a way, to loved ones who have passed on.”
October: In My Grandmother’s House, by Yolanda Pierce
Reading Group discussion in person Thursday 10/27 @4:30 at the church.
[Broadleaf Books, 2021] Available at Amazon and local libraries; an audio version is available.
The church mothers who raised Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, were busily focused on her survival. Born on a former cotton plantation and having fled the terrors of the South, Pierce’s grandmother raised her in the faith inherited from those who were enslaved. Now, in the pages of In My Grandmother’s House, Pierce reckons with that tradition, building an everyday womanist theology rooted in liberating scriptures, experiences in the Black church, and truths from Black women’s lives. Pierce tells stories that center the experiences of those living on the underside of history, teasing out the tensions of race, spirituality, trauma, freedom, resistance, and memory. A grandmother’s theology carries wisdom strong enough for future generations. The Divine has been showing up at the kitchen tables of Black women for a long time. It’s time to get to know that God.
Faith Formation Steering Committee: Eileen Demings (Chair), Heather Bousquet, Lorraine Brumskine, John Grant, Susan Grant, Cat Reith-Lowery, Rose Reith, and Robin Yates