Topic: Monthly Theme


What? Be grateful for having to wait? Who wants to wait for anything in this age of instant everything? We’ll consider this idea: “Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.”

The Formation of a Veteran

I am not a veteran, but am beholden to the men and women willing to serve our country. In honor of Nov. 12’s Veterans’ Day, we will explore the spiritual imact of the transformation that comes with leaving active duty of any form, not just the armed forces but any long-term situation.

Shaking Up Our Habitual Ways

Ever feel stuck in a rut? Formation is a dynamic process of study and learning designed to shape a person and their life’s direction. when the world feels crazy around you, taking small actions in new directions can lift you and others around you out of unconscious habits, forming new, healthier ones.

Listening to Our Dead

Far from being narcissistic, at any age, writing your own obituary is a summation of your life. It is an opportunity to review the highs and lows. It is a chance to consider corrections or a new direction, or deepening into a path you are already on. It may help you name or claim your vocation(s). It can be a gift for generations to come.

Listening to Our Lives

No. I don’t want to. You can’t make me! Sound familiar?
Often, we feel our only choice is to rebel and I propose-resistance is not true freedom. So how can we uncover our vocation and feel empowered to choose it, even when the next step is less than ideal? How can we say yes, to what we want more often than no, to what we refuse to be boxed into? Let’s explore these questions and practices together.

To Dwell in the Harvest

This time of year is the intersection of the autumn equinox, harvest festivals, and the Jewish tradition of Sukkot. These celebrations honor Beloved Community while strengthening the resolve and commitment of individuals. We explore this paradox of community.

Curating Community Now

Beloved Community is a popular goal, but what is less clear is how we will get there—or when we know we’ve created it. We will explore how our idea of Beloved Community informs our path, daily actions, and every intention. Whether for society, Hope Church, family, or within our own village of friends, we’re often wondering how to curate Beloved Community.

Harmony of Nature

In the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life we are
located in an essential Garden of Eden, we explore the lessons
of nature, both in her beauty as well as in decay.