The Center for Spiritual Development kicks off its Fall-Winter season with several opportunities which are open to the public at no cost:
Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 3 (No meeting on Oct. 13), 7:00-8:00 PM
Revelations: Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University presents a profound exploration of the Bible's strangest and most controversial book. We will view a portion of her lecture on DVD each week followed by open discussion.
Thursdays, Oct. 2-23, 7:00-8:30 PM
The Gospel of Philip: Dr. Rafael Catala will lead a study of this Gnostic writing found in the Nag Hammadi Library. These are some unusual stories and sayings of Jesus including a mention of his three female companions, each named Mary.
Sunday, October 19, Noon: Bible Talk-Back Session
Pastor Jen Daysa invites you to a discussion of her sermon, the scripture, your questions and observations, and how this relates to your life.
Thursdays, Oct. 30 - November 20, 7:00-8:30 PM
We will be examining two books from the Nag Hammadi Library in the next 4 weeks, The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Mary. These Gostic Gospels can be read on line if you don't have the book. Rafael Catala´ shares interpretations of these ancient writings that make sense in today's world. This is your final opportunity this year to delve into the historical gospels from a different culture and consider whether they have a message that relates to our lives. After the Nov. 20th meeting the group is taking time off for the holidays, returning with a new study on January 8th.
SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS: MASK MAKING
Saturday, November 8, and Saturday, November 15, 10:00-Noon
Roy Rudasill will guide participants in constructing a paper mache mask during the first session. This can be a mask to be worn or a decorative piece to hang on the wall. The following week you will paint and decorate your mask. Please sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Center or phone the church office to register for this special event. All materials will be furnished without cost.
We've had a request to form a painting group; a time when interested amateur artists could bring their art supplies to the church and work on individual projects with the assistance of Roy Rudasill. Roy, a former art teacher, is willing to offer guidance and encouragement. If you would like to be part of such a group please let us know and as soon as the holidays are over we will attempt to schedule some meetings.