Adult Study – Summer 2020
The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks
June 21 – August 23, 9:00 am
Note: no class on July 5
For our summer Adult Study Class we will have a Book Group type of class. We will read Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass. Each week we will read one chapter and a volunteer will lead the discussion.
The books will be available starting Tuesday, June 16, on the covered porch by the front door of the church.
Class will be start at 8:55 am on Zoom before the 10:00 am worship service.
Please join us – everyone is welcome!
About the book:
If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? In Grateful, Diana Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks.
We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness. Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives. In Grateful, cultural observer and theologian Diana Butler Bass takes on this “gratitude gap” and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude.
Bass, author of the award-winning Grounded and ten other books on spirituality and culture, explores the transformative, subversive power of gratitude for our personal lives and in communities. Using her trademark blend of historical research, spiritual insights, and timely cultural observation, she shows how we can overcome this gap and make change in our own lives and in the world.
With honest stories and heartrending examples from history and her own life, Bass reclaims gratitude as a path to greater connection with God, with others, with the world, and even with our own souls. It’s time to embrace a more radical practice of gratitude—the virtue that heals us and helps us thrive. -from Amazon
Adult Education Classes
Adult Education classes support the life-long journey of spiritual transformation through a range of class topics such as: spiritual formation skills, connecting faith to daily life, forming values consistent with the Gospel, Bible studies and knowledge of the Bible, and knowledge of the church and the United Methodist tradition. Members of the Adult Ed classes provide leadership for class courses on a voluntary basis.
Adult classes run from September through June.
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 am in the Crawford Room for prayer, devotions, and coffee.
Women’s Prayer Group
Thursdays 6:00-7:00 am in the Crawford Room for prayer and devotions using the Upper Room.