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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Currently in the “In” file awaiting further R&D:

Human Trafficking: Awareness & Action
a tragedy we all have a role in stopping.

Food Halls & Faith
get to know your neighbors, the Metro area, and the latest food vendor craze.

Prayer for the Playful Curmudgeon
a wry, yet gentle, exploration of devotions for the skeptic.

The Creative Mind & Spirit of da Vinci
food for thought provided by the good folks at DMNS.

The Creative Past, Present, and Future of Five Points
get to know our neighbors in Denver.

And more opportunities to remove walls and build community based on relationship.

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Are You Thinking What You Think You Are Thinking?

Think Again…

We are a curious species often centered in our heads. That mysterious few pounds of wrinkled tissue we call a “brain” seems the Ground Zero of our ideas, perspectives, theories, hopes, and dreams. But how aware are we of this amazing gift of “thinking” – do we form our viewpoints based on experience, or do we select our experience to fit our viewpoints. Or both? And can we actually “think about thinking” without being the dog chasing its tail? In the hope this journey will be playful – and at times profound – join us to explore our “thought” – with the help of Julian Baggini’s book, “Do You Think What You Think You Think?”

 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 = $2651.

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Attention Soil Savants and Aspiring Dirt Disciples…

As GMUMC looks forward to hosting a Community Garden, it’s always a good time to tune-up those gardening skills or expand a mind that is dirt-wise deficient. Denver Urban Gardens is a great resource for planting information and inspiration. Two examples: Basics of Organic Gardening classes (April 6 & 9) and the DUG Plant Sale on May 10th. To see more, please visit www.dug.org, click on Events, then Events Calendar…and scroll through the listings for details and registration.

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Society for the Advancement
of the Human Attention Span

Sunday, March 3rd, 12:00 noon, Fireside Room
Pondering Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Code Breakers of WW II

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.

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 All are welcome!
Please consider joining the SJ Support Group for their next meeting:

Alzheimer’s Association talk: Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior

Wednesday, March 20th, 1:30 p.m., Room #403

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 Church of The Apocalyptic Optimists

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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 February 22nd:
Loan #: 1,090
Total: $29,200

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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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