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Adult Spiritual Exploration

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​Date with Death Club:
A Multi-Session Curriculum to Explore Mortality in Community

Developed by Karen G. Johnston, MSW, MDiv
Presented by Rev. Linda Barnes

The Date with Death Club curriculum explores mortality in community. Classes meet from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays.

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Soul Matters

Soul Matters

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Soul Matters Sharing Circle (Soul Matters) is the program we use to provide themes and material for worship, religious education, and small group gatherings. Soul Matters invites us to explore and to reflect upon a different spiritual theme each month.
 

What Happens at a Soul Matters Session
  • Chalice lighting and a short reading or piece of music.

  • Brief check-in. Members briefly share what is going on “beneath the surface” for them. Typically takes no more than 20 minutes.

  • Facilitated discussion inspired by the monthly participant packet (readings, questions for reflection and suggested spiritual exercises which participants receive a few weeks before the meeting). We will consider the question “What does it mean to be a people of ________?” (see monthly themes below)

  • Check-out. An opportunity to briefly share reactions to the meeting.

  • Closing words or music.

Soul Matters 2023-2024 Themes

 

This year’s themes are The Gift of:

 

September:  Welcome
October:  Heritage
November:  Generosity
December:  Mystery
January:  Liberating Love
February: Justice & Equity
March:  Transformation
April: Interdependence
May:  Pluralism
June:  Renewal

 

How Do I Sign Up?

 

We currently have two Soul Matters sharing circles with a few openings yet remaining. These groups (of no more than 10 people) meet to explore the material provided in the monthly packets. Both groups meet online, via Zoom. If you’d like to join one of these groups, please let Taphi know at admin@starrkingfellowship.org. There are a limited number of spots available. If we have the interest, we’ll look to open another group. 

 

Meeting Dates/Times
 
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom (starting in September) 

  • 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom (starting in October)

 

Monthly packets are available via SharePoint

 

The packets contain wonderful exercises and links to other media relating to this month's topic. You do not need to be a member of one of the above groups to download your copy, but we hope you'll considering joining us! 

If you're new to Soul Matters, start with the New Participant Guide here

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Meditation Group

Meditation Group

Our meditation group meets every Monday from 6-7 p.m. in the upstairs foyer. We are a small informal group that shares an abiding interest in meditation. Usually, we have between 5 and 10 participants. We are not affiliated with any sect or religion, however we often follow meditations in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron and the like. 

​We generally get together at 6 p.m. for brief hellos and pertinent comments. Then a facilitator for the week will offer a short reading or discussion on a meditation topic, followed by a guided meditation, related to the topic. The meditation can be anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes. Afterward we have a short debriefing and discussion of the experience. We adjourn at 7 p.m. There is no designated leader of the group and there is no effort to persuade anyone to any point of view.
 
We welcome newcomers to our group. This group is free and requires no dues or contributions. No previous meditation experience necessary.

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