Wednesday Evening Formation:  Study of the Book of Mark using the study guide by Richard Deibert.    All are welcome!  Light supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by study at 7:00 p.m.

Summer Book Study with Intern, Sarah Price  Our parish summer book study, Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise by author Richard Beck, is a great way to live deeply into our ordinary-yet-extraordinary lives of faith while staying connected to our intern Sarah Price during her travels to Church Divinity School of the Pacific and General Convention.  Sarah will lead a four-week Wednesday night study based on the biblical, theological, spiritual and practical lessons from the book.

Each session will meet in the Parish House, beginning with a light meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by book study at 7:00  p.m.

You can begin reading the book at your own pace over these next several weeks; Sarah will also be reading and will post inspiring, thought-provoking quotes as she encounters them to encourage our reading.  Look for an update each week with a link to her journey through the book and a peek into her learning and formation on the West Coast. For those who prefer to read on a schedule, the in-person conversations will work through the sections of the book as follows:

July 18:  Learning to Open the Eyes of our Heart [Introduction and Part I, “Entertaining Angels”]

July 25:  Sharpening our Emotional and Spiritual Eyesight  [Part 2: “The Emotional Battlefield”]

August 1:  Theological Visioning and Re-Visioning  [Part 3: “I Shall Be Love”]

August 8:  From Vision to Action   [Part IV “Practicing Hospitality” and Part V “How to Save the World”]

Copies of the book are available for borrowing in the parish office. For more information please email Sarah at skprice@saintjohnsrichmond.org.  

Click here to purchase Stranger God.

This week’s reflection:  Sarah responds to ideas  she discovered in the introduction of the book, where author Richard Beck considers how we might lean into divine love (philia) instead of human fear (phobia) in those we encounter. You can listen to Sarah’s reflection here.