Spiritual Formation Classes and Groups for 2019

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The following spiritual formation classes and groups will be offered in winter/spring 2019.

Neighborhood Communion Small Groups – You are invited to participate in small group gatherings in your neighborhood. This time is for fellowship and guided discussions developed by Dr. Mike Graves. Gatherings to be held between Jan. 21 and Mar. 6. Sign up today. Contact Barbara George  for more information.

Monday Night classes with Dr. Mike Graves, 7:00 p.m.

January 28, February 4 “The Scandalous Act of Interpreting the Bible” Dr. Mike Graves

Bible scholars often note that passages in the Bible don’t “say” anything; they have to be interpreted. In the past, naïve approaches to reading led to burning witches and condoning slavery, what we might call textual harassment. In this interactive course, we’ll examine the scandal of what it means to interpret the Bible.

February 18, 25 “From Pew to Pulpit” Dr. Mike Graves

Sermons mostly go in one direction, from pulpit to pew. Preachers talk and the people listen. But preaching can go in both directions, and once did in the early church. Together, we will think about how preachers prepare sermons and work on one that Dr. Graves will preach on Sunday morning, March 3.

March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 “Walking with Jesus in Lent” Dr. Mike Graves

Christians often give things up for Lent, like chocolate or television. Others consider adding practices, things like daily Scripture reading or meditation. While the Sermon on the Mount is not explicitly about Lent, it is often considered the very heart of Jesus’ teachings. In this five-week series, we will walk through the Sermon on the Mount, to see what Jesus’ teaching might say about the Lenten journey and spiritual practices.

April 29, May 6 “Not in God’s Name: Religion and Violence” Dr. Mike Graves

Throughout history, religion has often been blamed for promoting violence, everything from the Crusades to the Holocaust. And it doesn’t help that the Bible itself contains violence in many parts, including the death of Jesus. Together, we’ll explore peaceful alternatives at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

 Faithbook- Women exploring spiritual matters and forming friendships. After a brief presentation/lesson, break into smaller groups for discussion and sharing. Come and go as your schedule permits on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings. Begins week of Jan. 15/16.

Pathways to Learning – a series of elective offerings open to everyone, focusing upon timely topics on the Bible, spirituality, current events, family life and technology. Ideal for those who aren’t involved in a Sunday School class; entire Sunday School classes also encouraged to participate as a group. Visitors and guests welcome. 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.

February 10, 17

“Race, Equity and the Christian Response”

This series will exam race and equity in our lives, our city and our Christianity. Feb. 10 – Guest speaker Pakou Her, Tseng Development, will lead a conversation on what faith communities can do to create positive changes to empower people on both sides of the racial divide to see possibilities to grow together. Feb. 17 – A conversation about social justice.  How do we approach social justice as a helper not an enabler? How do we learn to listen to the needs of our partners?

March 31, April 7

“Praying the Lord’s Prayer Again for the First Time”

Led by Dr. Mike Graves. For nearly two millennia, Christians have been praying the model prayer of Jesus, especially in worship each Sunday. But familiarity can breed contempt, or at least complacency. In these interactive sessions, we will take a closer look at this beloved prayer, which turns out to be full of surprises. [Note: This is a condensed version of a class Dr. Graves taught on Monday nights last fall.]

 Faithbistro  – For women of all ages, with guest speakers on spirituality and real-life issues. Connect with other women looking for conversations that matter. 7:00 p.m. at Red Door Grill in Brookside.

Feb. 28: Kay Barnes, former mayor of Kansas City and member of our church

March 28 Rev. Shanna Steitz, Senior Minister at Community Christian Church on the Plaza

April 25 Rev. Carla Aday, Senior Minister at Country Club Christian Church

May 30 Wendie Brockhaus, curator of The Open Table, a dinner church ministry of Second Presbyterian Church

Faithpub – Led by Mike Graves with guest speakers each gathering, this group for men of all ages provides space to connect with other men looking for sacred conversations around stuff that matters. 7:00 p.m. at Bier Station.

Wed., Feb 20: Rev. Darryl Burton, an associate pastor at Church of the Resurrection who was falsely imprisoned for more than twenty years and now is an advocate for social justice.

March 21: Judge Stephen Bough, a member of Country Club Christian Church who is a federal judge and will discuss restorative justice and the federal reentry program.

April 11: Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth at Country Club Christian Church

May 16: Dr. Milton Horne, emeritus professor of Old Testament at William Jewell College


Dr. George Gordon, Minister of Congregational Care Emeritus, will offer an Enneagram class in March and April 2019. The Enneagram is a study of personality types and potential. This class is co-sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center and is open to church members. Meets Thursdays, Mar. 14-Apr. 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Youth Center.