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Summer 2021

Your suggestions for our ACTS fall Monday Night Book Study are most welcome. We have been busy reading and compiling a list of possibilities and look forward to commencing our study online in September 2021.

March 29, 2021

It is always a sad experience to say good-bye to the friends with whom we have spent such meaningful time over the last 10 weeks. It was a good book and we did a great job with breakout rooms. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to guide our study. All things being equal, we will be back in the fall for Study #47. 

Special thanks to John for introducing us to the videos by Charles Eisenstein. You might like to view the video that is found after the ending slide tonight -- "The Gift of Imperfection" -- Dr. Brené Brown's first book.

March 22, 2021

Tonight's session had 31 computers on ZOOM. And as someone mentioned at closing, we were quite thankful that we were on ZOOM and wouldn't have to go out to the parking lot to remove the accumulated snow from our cars for the drive home. Count our blessings!! 

The seven chapters of our book have been read. Tonight we considered the Fourth survival technique offered by Brene Brown for 'braving the wilderness.' Developing a strong back, a soft front and a wild heart is added to realizing that people are hard to hate close up so move in, speaking truth to B.S while remaining civil and, finally, holding hands with strangers. Brene taught us the meaning of BRAVING and tonight, we listened to Roshi Joan Halifax, Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, activist and author talk to us about GRACE.

The file attachment for tonight for Session #9 includes the short video featuring Charles Eisenstein, entitled "The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible." Enjoy!

March 15, 2021

There were so many things to discuss tonight. Videos were of Peme Chödrön's sharing of "Lousy World", a short animation called "Vulnerability", 'Callin' Baton Rouge' and quick excerpts of the Challenger, 1986, and Pres. Obama's address to the nation following the Sandy Hook shootings. The focus for Chapter six was twofold: Inextricable Human Connection and Collective Effervescence with side helpings of social media, Hebrew experiences of exile in the wilderness and restoring the temple, celebrations and funerals... so much, with so little time. 

March 8, 2021

Videos tonight were two 'short' animations: "Empathy" and "Blame." It is good to know that as our study has been underway, Brene Brown videos that we use as supplement to our book are in production. Having up-to-date visuals make our study even more valuable. Check out the pdf attached below. 

March 1, 2021

What a special evening this was! We had opportunities to reflect upon the first five sessions of our book study and to internalize our readings with our Hebrew/Christian traditions. We have been familiar with the wilderness stories of the Hebrew people along with Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness but articulating our own personal "wilderness" experiences is not something we do all that readily. Dr. Brené Brown has given much thought to how we can "BRAVE" the wilderness on our "Quest for True Belonging" with the "Courage to stand alone." 

Videos featured Dr. Brown and Fr. Richard Rohr. The pdf for the presentation of tonight's session can be found on the MINISTRIES/ADULT SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT page. 

February 22, 2021

Anger. Dehumanization. Conflict Transformation. These were some of the themes that arose from Chapter Four: People are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In. Break out rooms are working very well- discussions are lively as the concepts we are working with are very contemporary and touch all of our lives. This was Session #5. Next week is a mid-session week with lots of opportunity for interaction and sharing. See you on March 1, 2021 (In like a lamb? a lion?)

February 15, 2021

Tonight our focus was Chapter Three: High Lonesome -- A Spiritual Crisis and our breakout rooms dealt with three primary topics: Music -- its role in our emotional and spiritual growth; Bunkers -- their way of dividing us into fixed points of view with little chance to see outside at the way others think; and Positive Forces -- their role in connecting us through listening and learning and overcoming our fear of differences.

Tonight we were the faces behind 29 computer devices as Carly-Jean Godfrey opened with the reading of the "Desiderata." Darlene Heynen closed with a reading about our souls and our deepest needs. Thank you to all for your willingness to share your insight and opinion. We are indeed blessed. 

February 8, 2021

Tonight, we shared our third session of this very intriguing book study. Our group consisted of 28 - with three folks joining us from BC, one from Medicine Hat, one from Toronto and the rest from Calgary. This book study is the 46th of a series of books studied on Monday night under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Wayne Holst and Jock McTavish. In recent studies, Brenda Wallace and Joan Gray have joined the leadership team. 

During the Time of COVID-19, being able to gather on ZOOM is indeed a blessing. This study, we have incorporated Break out Rooms in our design -- a gift of technology, for sure!! There is no cost for the study besides the purchase of your personal copy of the book. 

Join us for Session #4 next Monday night when we work on Chapter Three: High Lonesome -- a Spiritual Crisis. Contact the church office at 403 284 2276