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Adult Ministries

Seeking to deepen faith through learning together.




Adult Ministries

Seeking to deepen faith through learning together.







Discernment Workshops - We need you!


Beginning in February 2020, we will build on our Guiding Principles work this fall (see below) by convening a ten-week discernment series during the 9:45 AM multi-purpose hour. In terms of format, this discernment series will include

  • TED talkish lectures
  • small groups (less than five people)
  • conversation groups (fifteen to twenty people)

The series, which takes its inspiration from material from the ELCA, focuses on the book of Acts. As participants study several chapters from Acts, they will dig more deeply together into their understanding of each of the five guiding principles. This will help us to listen for Atonement’s accent on the principles. By describing God’s activity in Acts in their own words, participants will also help us to listen for language and imagery that describe Atonement’s sense of purpose in God’s mission. The Adult Formation Team is committed to finding ways to regroup participants over the course of the ten weeks so that participants interact with as many fellow members as possible.

 

We need EVERY member of Atonement to participate so that we are moving forward in faith and discernment together!

Click here to view the February 9 session.

 

Click here to view the flyer for our Social Justice Task force event, CRITICAL RACE THEORY 101

 





Discernment Workshops - We need you!


Beginning in February 2020, we will build on our Guiding Principles work this fall (see below) by convening a ten-week discernment series during the 9:45 AM multi-purpose hour. In terms of format, this discernment series will include

  • TED talkish lectures
  • small groups (less than five people)
  • conversation groups (fifteen to twenty people)

The series, which takes its inspiration from material from the ELCA, focuses on the book of Acts. As participants study several chapters from Acts, they will dig more deeply together into their understanding of each of the five guiding principles. This will help us to listen for Atonement’s accent on the principles. By describing God’s activity in Acts in their own words, participants will also help us to listen for language and imagery that describe Atonement’s sense of purpose in God’s mission. The Adult Formation Team is committed to finding ways to regroup participants over the course of the ten weeks so that participants interact with as many fellow members as possible.

 

We need EVERY member of Atonement to participate so that we are moving forward in faith and discernment together!

Click here to view the February 9 session.

 

Click here to view the flyer for our Social Justice Task force event, CRITICAL RACE THEORY 101

 







Looking Back:  the Five Guiding Principles

from Kelly Fryer's book, Reclaiming the 'L' Word

1.  Jesus is Lord

2. Everyone is welcome. 

3.  Love changes people. 

4.  Everyone has something to offer. 

5.  The world needs what we have.  

 

Looking Forward:  what comes next 

Following the conclusion of the discernment series, the Adult Formation Team will present to Council the results of the congregation’s discernment. Council will then be responsible for finding a way to formalize the congregation’s commitment to the principles and a statement of purpose. Once this is accomplished, Atonement will finally be in a position to live on purpose and act on principle—as individual followers of Jesus and as the body of Christ. This will guide our formation of Jesus’ disciples, any further reform of the congregation, and our future spiritual entrepreneurism. 


"We praise you, we praise you!"

May God grant us peace for all our days.  Amen


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