Reflections & Program Notes

For further details & any questions on the Program’s below,
please give me a call or send me an email:
Steve Walden
303-989-3727 (x203)
swalden@gmumc.com
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The point of a faith community is not to think alike, but to think together.

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Program Note: You may notice a subtle (or not so subtle) change in program shape, design, and leadership – some things will arise, others will disappear, and existing efforts will evolve and adapt (or go extinct). The ultimate goal is to find ever-new ways to connect people, ideas, and actions into meaningful community. Questions, critiques, suggestions (even constructive disagreements) always welcome.

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What Makes You…You?

Each of us is part of the Grand Mystery of Creation, and though we share vast similarities, in each of us there resides something unique. Moving beyond “nature and nurture,” we’ll ponder this “self” from many angles – our perspectives, beliefs, ideals – the things we cling to and those we’d like to lose. Fear not – this is NOT therapy but an effort to discern what ingredients form the “I/ME” — and hopefully along the path, we’ll gain some understanding of the “Other” that shares the journey.

 This January in The Lopsided Labyrinth Coffee & Tea Club

Sunday’s, 9:00 a.m., Room #403

 The Lopsided Labyrinth coffee jar $$$ benefits the SEED/NarSarah Clinic in Sierra Leone…to date = $2500.

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 Society for the Advancement
of the Human Attention Span

Sunday, January 6th, 12:00 noon, Fireside Room
 

Pondering Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for The Rest of Us by Dan Lyons.

For those interested in this evolving book group — please see me.

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 The Shared Journey

…an evolving, supportive community for those that share
the daily challenges of facing the diagnosis of dementia –
as individuals, families, and caring friends.

sharedjourney
 All are welcome!
Please consider joining the S
J Support Group for their next meeting:

Tuesday, January 15th, 9:00 a.m.; Room #403

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 Church of The Apocalyptic Optimists

apoco
An ongoing effort to invest in people and ideas, via an organization called Kiva and the tool of the micro-loan. We currently have 27 members from all faith backgrounds. For information on this playfully-named, nobly-aimed concept please see me.

As of December 21st:
Loan #: 1,071
Total: $28,725

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   An Idea Without a Name…yet…

The group for those that don’t join church groups…

Does your world view not fit easily into a “faith tradition”?  Does your body resist parallel parking in a pew?  Is the most comforting sign you’ve seen in a church say, “Emergency Exit”?   Is the only “spiritual label” that speaks to your heart & mind, “none-of-the-above”?  You’re not alone — in fact, you may be part of the fastest growing “tradition-less tradition” of the current age.

What exactly is “this”— honestly, we’re figuring that out — together — but it’s not a “church idea,” a clever ruse…it’s no evangelical Trojan Horse.  It’s also not anti-faith, or anti-anything that has the power to make our lives, or our world, a better place.  But we are pro-curiosity, creativity, learning, humor, asking big questions, living without firm answers, and otherwise exploring what it means to be a decent human being.

A life of purpose and meaning does not require a church membership.  Period.  But a community can make our life journey a bit gentler along the blue-sky vistas and mud-filled pot holes.  If you’re looking for fellow travelers, feel free to learn more about an evolving idea without a label.

For information, please see Steve Walden
swalden@gmumc.com

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    Hilltoppers

Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

This class uses a traditional, thought-provoking,
Sunday School curriculum to discuss faith and life.

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Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

A low-stress Bible Study class, with no homework required.  This group reads scripture together, and discusses the passages openly.  The group shares the rich resources of study Bible notes, and personal experience.  Does not meet in the Summer.  Will resume in the Fall.  Led by the Minister.


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