Adult Spiritual Formation Offerings 2022

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.

  1. 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.

 3. Bible Study: Creation Care Bible Challenge: September & October

 1st & 3rd Wednesdays We will join with Bethlehem Lutheran for this Bible Study to coincide with our observance of Creation Season during September. We will follow the readings and reflection in Creation Care Bible Challenge (Forward Movement, 2021), and we will alternate between meeting at Holy Trinity and at Bethlehem Lutheran in Sturbridge.

Faith Formation Steering Committee:  Eileen Demings (Chair), Heather Bousquet, Lorraine Brumskine, John Grant, Susan Grant, Cat Reith-Lowery, Rose Reith, and Robin Yates

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 through September:

 July:    Seeing the Unseen, by Mark M. Beckwith [Morehouse Publishing, 2022]

 In-person discussion:
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]

 In-person discussion:
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]

In-person discussion:
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.”