Ongoing Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Sunday Mornings

WAY Alumni Group (WAG)

Every first Sunday of the month — 10:00 am in the church office reception area
WAG is for those who have journeyed The WAY and want to continue to explore their faith journeys in a small-group setting.

Adoption and Foster Care Support Group

Every second Sunday of the month—10:00 am in Pastor Hansen’s office
The Adoption Group meets to explore personal experiences with adoption and foster care. Individuals interested in participating should contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher or member Scott Shiebler for more information.

Caregiver Circle

Every third Sunday of the month—10:00 am in Pastor Hansen’s office
If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another.

Sacred Listening

Every fourth Sunday of the month—12:00 pm in the Fireside Room
Using the book Sacred Listening, by James Wakefield, participants in this group gather for a time together to share their experiences with this imaginative form of Bible study based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola as they have been adapted for use in Protestant denominations.

More Opportunities

Lectionary and Lunch

Every Tuesday – 12:00 pm in the Library
Join Pastors Hansen and Van Kley every Tuesday for a discussion of the scripture readings for the next Sunday. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Spirited Women

Daytime Spirited Women every Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room
Evening Spirited Women every third Thursday of the month – 6:00 p.m. in the Tree of Life Room
We have two groups of Spirited Women at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church: one that meets in the morning (every Wednesday), and one that meets in the evening (every third Thursday of the month). Women of all ages and backgrounds come together in these groups to discuss a particular chosen book and talk about their lives, their faith, and whatever else comes up!

Women’s Bible Study Circles

Bethany Circle — every 3rd Monday of the month at 9:30 am
Salem Circle— every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am
These groups meet once each month in members’ homes to study a specific book or passage in the Bible under the guidance of one of our pastors.

Troubling the Waters

Every Wednesday beginning January 11— 7:30 pm in the Tree of Life Room
The Troubling the Waters group will wade into the questions of race, identity, and faith that confront the ELCA as a whole and in our community here at Phinney Ridge. The sessions will follow curriculum established by the ELCA as “a journey for White Christians from privilege to partnership.” While periodic absences are understandable, we ask participants to commit to the program so that we can create a reliable space to dialogue about these difficult topics.


Sunday evenings—5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
Before the first followers of Jesus were known as Christians, they were called “People of The WAY.” Then, and now, The WAY refers to a style of life in which both believing and living are centered in Jesus Christ.

The formal word for this process is the catechumenate. At Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, The WAY is an opportunity for your faith to be explored, nurtured, and renewed; your commitment to Jesus Christ affirmed; and your walk as a disciple of Christ to be established or re-established in the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism or the Affirmation of Baptism.

Young Adult Pre-Lenten Retreat

February 17 & 18 — Seabeck Conference Center
Joy, Mercy, Simplicity
Join Pastors Ivar Hillesland, Britt Olson, and Bryon Hansen for a weekend for an exploration of the “Rule of Taizé .” We will learn about the “Way of Joy, Mercy, and Simplicity”; and we will pray together and individually using music and songs from the Taizé Community.

Liturgy and Justice

Saturday, May 6 — 10:00 am-3:00 pm in the Tree of Life Room
Sunday, May 7— 10:00 am and 6:00 pm in the Tree of Life Room

Dr. Samuel Torvend, Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University, will help us probe the relationship between Christian worship and justice. At the Saturday event (10:00 am-3:00 pm) we will remember the “forgotten Luther” who nurtured civic as well as church reform with initiatives toward the poor and hungry. Dr. Torvend will speak on Sunday at the Adult Forum and at the evening WAY gathering. Dr. Torvend is the author of Luther and the Hungry Poor, Fortress Press, 2008.


Adult Faith Formation Opportunities Jan-May 2017 (print version) [pdf]