Our congregation is what we make of it. The same can be said of the invitation we face each day to live a life of integrity; it is, as always, what we make of it. In the year ahead, from many different angles, we will take up that invitation by asking ourselves: "What Does It Mean to be a People of...?"

Starting in 2013, we began to focus that question on a particular theme with each month. This approach, called Theme-Based Ministry, is an invitation to go deeper. With weekly services, a shared collection of readings and resources, and monthly small reflection circles called Journey Groups, we live for several weeks with a series of questions on each topic. This approach to ministry is a challenge to walk our talk — to take up, with growing intention, the question "How shall we live?" Exciting possibilities might unfold from our deepening in this way together.

Throughout the year, our congregation explores a different theme each month through Sunday worship, children’s religious education, adult programs, and the feast of materials found in our publication New Horizons. One of the most meaningful ways to engage with the monthly topics is by being part of a Journey Group.

Journey Groups provide a structured way to connect with others, while delving deeper into your own spiritual journey. The groups involve the shared spiritual practice of deep and respectful listening, which carves out the all-too-rare space in our busy lives to slow down and “hear ourselves think.” These small gatherings of 5-10 people come together for two hours once a month to reflect on a variety of questions related to the theme.

Each month, our newsletter, New Horizons will explain and discuss the theme. If you are thinking of joining, please read the Guide for Deep Listening and the Guide for Small Group Participants.

Themes for 2017/2018: What does it mean to be a people of ...?

    Month Theme     Month Theme  
  May Embodiment      December Presence  
  April Change (Transformation)      November Identity  
  March Risk      October  Healing  
  February Interdependence      September  Promise (Covenant)  
  January Prophecy          

 

Themes for 2016/2017: What does it mean to be a people of ...?

    Month Theme Learn   Month Theme  
  May Compassion Read the notes    December Expectation Read the notes
  April Resistance Read the notes    November  Letting Go Read the notes
  March Simplicity Read the notes    October  Blessing Read the notes
  February Love and Justice Read the notes    September  Invitation Read the notes
  January Creaton Read the notes        

 

Themes for 2015/2016: What does it mean to be a people of ...?

    Month Theme Learn More   Month Theme  
  June Revelry Read the notes    January  Resilience Read the notes
  May Tradition Read the notes   December  Wonder Read the notes
  April Revelation Read the notes    November  Integrity Read the notes
  March Renewal Read the notes    October  Grace Read the notes
  February Reconciliation Read the notes    September  Promise Read the notes

 

Themes for 2014/2015: What does it mean to live a life of ...?

    Month Theme Learn More   Month Theme  
  June Imagination Read the notes    January  Character Read the notes
  May Story/Stories Read the notes    December  Embodiment Read the notes
  April Sustainability Read the notes    November  Vulnerability Read the notes
  March Freedom Read the notes    October Awakening Read the notes
  February Evolution Read the notes    September  Kinship Read the notes

 

Themes for 2013/2014: What does in mean to live a life of ...?

    Month Theme     Month  Theme  
    September Listening Read the notes   February Passion Read the notes
  October Purpose Read the notes   March Knowing Read the notes
  November Courage Read the notes   April Wonder Read the notes
  December Connection Read the notes   May Honesty Read the notes
  January Discipline Read the notes   June Play Read the notes