Spiritual Renewal Groups

The Spiritual Renewal Groups meet at various times throughout the week. These groups have a deep commitment to regular participation. Each meeting begins with personal sharing of each person’s life situation. This is followed by a discussion of the given book assignment for that session with an emphasis, not upon what members think about the book, but upon what the book suggests to them in their person faith journey. Books include both historical classics and contemporary books on spirituality. Each meeting ends with a time of shared prayer.

Gender specific groups are open to anyone who self identifies as that gender.

The current spiritual renewal groups are:

Spiritual Renewal Group 1 – Confessions of Augustine

First and third Mondays at 7 p.m. on Zoom

The Spiritual Renewal Group 1 has just finished reading/discussing Howard Thurman’s book “Jesus and the Disinherited.” Although written about three quarters of a century ago its content is very relevant to our life and society today.

We are now ready to embark on a new (and longer!) adventure! “Confessions” by Augustine. Note that there are numerous translations of this book but the one that Pastor Michael suggests is the translation by Sarah Ruden. The info about this book says… “In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine tells the story of his sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity. He describes his ascent from a humble farm in North Africa to a prestigious post in the Roman Imperial capital of Milan, his struggle against his own overpowering sexuality, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother had taught him during his earliest years. Augustine’s concerns are often strikingly contemporary, and the confessional mode he invented can be seen everywhere in writing today.”  Sounds interesting? We meet via ZOOM from 7:00 to 8:30 PM the first and third Mondays each month (and, yes, we are going to begin July 6 – most likely with just the introduction but perhaps getting into Book 1 (i.e. Chapter 1)). We would love to have you join us.  We usually have about 8 people but there is room for more to enrich our time together.

Questions? Call or email Bill Hausler (hhausler@tds.net, 608-231-2890).

Spiritual Renewal Group 2

Second and fourth Tuesdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom

We pick a spiritual book and discuss it.  Our goal is to grow in our spiritual journey, so we only pick books that help us to grow.  We have become a support group as well.  We endeavor to not tell what each other says to the general public and no one is wrong.  We don’t try and convince each other that we are right.  Also, we do not discuss church business when we meet.  We get along very well because of the policy of the group.