Winter CORE Classes

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Sacred Enneagram Workshop and Retreat
Teacher: Christopher L. Heuertz
Saturday, March 9
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mithun Hall

Fee: $120.
Have you ever asked yourself the quintessential human question of identity, “What am I?” Most of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out who we are and how we relate to other and God. Unfortunately, in the process of forming an  identity, we succumb to building up lies and illusions around our sense of self that only lead us further away from who we truly are.

But the Enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to who we are created to be. Based on the nine classic archetypes of human character structure, the Enneagram exposes the nine ways we lie to ourselves about who we think we are, illustrates the nine ways we get lost, and reveals nine ways we find our way home to our True Self and to God. Whether you’ve heard of the Enneagram or not, this workshop is for anyone who’s interested in learning more.

Christopher L. Heuertz was first introduced to the Enneagram in the slums of Cambodia. Since then he has trained under some of the great living Enneagram masters including Father Richard Rohr, Russ Hudson, Marion Gilbert, and Helen Palmer, and now teaches the Enneagram in workshops and retreats around the world. Chris is an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional.

Planning a Celebration of Life
Wednesday, February 20
10:00 a.m., Colonnade
Led by Rev. Lindy Purdy and Lee Minors

A guided conversation and helpful resources so you can begin to think about what is most important to you and how you would like to be remembered.  Even if you plan to be around for many years to come, this is a gift you can share with your family members and a meaningful way to share the stories of your life. No matter what your age, this exercise will heighten your awareness of how precious life is and how unique yours is. (No registration required for this class.)

The Rise of Heresy In the Early Church: From Acts and the Epistles
Teacher: Dr. Ronald Troxel
CORE: Winter, January 9-February 6
4:00-5:15 p.m. & 6:30-8:00 p.m., Piper Library
Fee: $20 for course materials

The book of Acts portrays a community united: “the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (4:32); “they were all together in Solomon’s Portico” (5:12). How did this dissolve into Paul accusing Christian missionaries of wanting “to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:7) and the author of 1 John explaining defections from the community by asserting, “They went out from us, but they did not belong to us” (2:18-19)? What went wrong? 

My Bright Abyss: Book Study
Teacher: Rev. Rustin Comer
CORE: Winter, January 9-February 13
4:00-5:15 p.m., Colonnade

Fee: $20 for course materials
Do you have a book you read every year because it’s so amazing?  For Rustin that book is My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman. Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith— responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition— might look like. 

Joyful, sorrowful, and beautifully written, My Bright Abyss is destined to become a spiritual classic, useful not only to believers but to anyone whose experience of life and art seems at times to overbrim its boundaries. How do we answer this “burn of being”? Wiman asks. What might it mean for our lives— and for our deaths— if we acknowledge the “insistent, persistent ghost” that some of us call God?  Join Rustin on Wednesday’s for a 6-week reading of the precious book.  

Parenting Through the Phases
Teachers: Holly & Jay Tapper, Annie & Zach Stokes
CORE: Winter, January 9-February 13
6:30 p.m., Colonnade

Fee: $20
You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she moves on to what’s next. It goes by fast, and kids change and grow quickly. This small group study will help you discover what’s changing about your kid, the six things your kid needs most, and four conversations to have with your kid while they are in each phase.
Session 1: Start the Countdown
Session 2: Rediscover Your Kid Every Year
Session 3: Make History One Week at a Time
Session 4: Talk About What Matters
Session 5: Connect Your Kid to a Bigger Story
Session 6: Create a Rhythm in Your Home

Teachers: Rev. Lindy Purdy and Nan Peterson
CORE: Winter, January 9-February 13
10:00 a.m., Colonnade
Fee: $20 for course materials

Come examine how we live to the end of our days with purpose and intention—our Legacy.  Tools we will explore are: Ethical Wills (passing on our values), Spiritual Autobiographies, Re-membering, Life Review, and how we explore our identity as beloved chdilren of God. 

Smart Stepfamily Study
Blended Stepfamily Program For individual adults or couples
Sundays, January 6-February 24
10:15-11:45 a.m., King Parlor
Fee: $30. Scholarships are available; contact Rustin Comer for information.

•   Do your kids go between two homes?
•   Dating and thinking about becoming a blended family?
•   Divorced and your ex is dating or remarried and your kids are experiencing a blended family?
•   Perhaps you’ve become a bonus grandparent?

In our study (for individuals adults or couples) we’ll offer ways to navigate the complexities of Stepfamily living. Through 8 engaging sessions you will learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean insight and practical tips for becoming a Smart Step Family.
Due to class content, materials and time, class size is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot in this class.  If you need child care, please register by December 28.

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