We live in a culture that has become Biblically illiterate, yet there are many people who want to know what the Bible is all about. Churches are floundering for lack of small group leadership in faith formation – the Bible being a cornerstone. Learning to lead a small group will bring new vitality to your church. The Massachusetts Bible Society has a proven Bible study system, Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series, which even those who know little about the Bible can learn to lead.
Location: Parkway United Methodist Church
With Margaret Benefiel. February 28, 9-3:30.
How can ancient traditions of discernment bring depth and a sense of unhurried presence into the midst of contemporary life? How can individuals, teams, and organizations appropriate discernment practices for daily life? How can corporate discernment be practiced in the midst of an individualistic culture?
This workshop will consider twenty-first-century decision-making challenges faced by individuals, teams, and organizations. It will then explore how discernment practices can be integrated into decision-making processes. This will be an experiential workshop, in which participants’ own decision-making experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment.
Location: Still Harbor
With Margaret Benefiel. April 25, 9-3:30
Have you ever tried to break a habit and found it more difficult than you expected? Have you ever been part of a change effort at your workplace or in a social change movement that didn't work out as planned? If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," this workshop is for you.
Based on the book by the same title by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, this workshop helps you reflect on your own "immunity to change." Through an experiential, interactive process, participants will identity goals they would like to achieve, uncover their own "immune" systems, and discover how to break the grip of their immunity to change. They will then identify goals of a group in which they participate, uncover their group’s “immune” systems, and discover how to break the grip of their group’s immunity to change.
Location: Still Harbor
Pilgrimage with Margaret Benefiel and Rachel Guaraldi. May 26- June 4.
The pilgrimage is based in the beautiful Umbrian town of Assisi, hometown of Francis and Clare. With its cobblestone streets, sacred shrines, and rich tradition of culture, Assisi has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Days will afford ample opportunity to enjoy local cuisine, sample wines, and savor the beauty of landscape, art, and culture. From Assisi, participants will travel to other Franciscan sites in Umbria and Tuscany.
The trip will explore the life and thought of the thirteenth-century Italian saints Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi, and the medieval culture and context that shaped them. Participants will stay in a convent of Franciscan sisters in the historic center of Assisi and travel to the places and shrines in the surrounding areas where these saints lived and ministered and where they have left a spiritual imprint upon the local cultures through their writings, art, architecture, and legends.
Location: Assisi, Italy