In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the ELCA has come up with a campaign tagline: Always being made new. It’s appropriate to use this image of new creation, because this historic event gives us an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which God continues to form and re-form us – both as the Church, and individually as people of God. In this spirit of ongoing reformation, PRLC is offering a short-term opportunity for small groups that each give you a chance to re-form your relationship with God and with this community.
Some will be discussion and reflection groups; some are physically active groups created for fellowship and time with nature; others with be hands-on opportunities to practice justice. A brief description of some of the groups is provided below. Keep an eye out for more information in your bulletins and at the September 10 Ministry Fair. Dates and meeting locations for each group are TBD, but groups will meet mid-September through October. Contact Pastor Van Kley or Scott Shiebler if you have questions.
Re-Forming our Hearts
Troubling the Waters, Take 2: Building on the conversation that’s already begun at PRLC, this group will confront the topics of racism and white privilege.
HeartBook: Don’t have time to meet with a group? Members of this private Facebook group will be guiding through an exploration of new spiritual practices. You’ll try the new disciplines on your own time, and share your experiences online.
Bible Study: This group may explore weekly lectionary texts or dive into some of Luther’s favorite parts of scripture.
Re-Forming our Minds
Table Talk: Sit down with your favorite beverage and participate in an informal, open conversation about our theological questions and musings.
Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Book Group: Guided by the book, One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ, we will reflect and discuss day-to-day faith practices and discover the commonality we share with our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers.
Re-Forming our Communities
Who is my neighbor?: This group will explore local social justice outreach possibilities, including Aurora Commons. Bring your ideas!
Environmental Stewardship: Be a part of a conversation around care for God’s creation. This group will discuss the urgent need for action in caring for the earth, and will take action to start making a difference.
Park Hoppers: Families with young children will gather at various playgrounds in our area for simple fun and fellowship.
Path Finders: Two separate groups will gather in beautiful places around the city, enjoying the goodness of God through nature and conversation. One group will be for those who want to participate in high-energy activities such as running. A second group will enjoy the slower pace of walks and low-impact hikes.