2018 Lenten Study: Gifts of the Dark Wood

“…so in the Dark Wood you bring all your shortcomings with you, not in order to purge them or be judged by them, but to embrace them in such a way that your struggles contribute meaningfully to the central conversation God is inviting you to have with life.”

OUR 2018 LENTEN STUDY:

Gifts of the Dark Wood, Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers)  

 
Are you intrigued by this title?  We will use Eric Elnes book by this title as a central theme and focus of the Lenten journey in Sunday sermons and small group study.
This book has chapters which include: The Gift of Uncertainty, The Gift of Emptiness, and The Gift of Being Thunderstruck.  What interesting ideas! A limited number of books will be available in the church for $15.  Signup sheets will be in the Fellowship Hall or you may sign up by contacting the church office  at 225-344-0343 or by emailing lisa@universitymethodist.org.
Gifts of the Dark Wood Promo Video
From the book cover:  
Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, emptied, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings-these gifts of the Dark Wood-can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question, and discover.
There are three opportunities for group study: 
 

Wednesday Early Morning: 7-8am  

February 14-March 21 

Chapel at University UMC
Each week a facilitator will introduce the chapter for that week and offer some discussion questions for the group pondering. No preparation is required, although participants are encouraged to read the chapter ahead. Coffee will be ready!  We will begin and end promptly.

Thursday Noon until 1:30pm 

February 15-March 22 

Parlor at University UMC
This group will gather with a brown bag lunch (if you like), watch the video from the series and then discuss that week’s scripture and the questions that might help us see the gift of the Dark Wood from that week’s reading.  We will read one chapter each week.  Facilitators: Barbara Albright and Lisa Frost.

Sunday Afternoon: 4:30-6pm 

February 18-March 25 

Fellowship Hall at University UMC
We will gather with music and watch the week’s series video which feature people like Brian McLaren, Parker Palmer and Diana Butler Bass!  We will read and study the scripture for that week and spend some time in discussion about how we see our lives and our community in the that week’s gift of the Dark Wood. Facilitators include Rev Dr Jane Rieke, Rev. Colleeen Bookter, Dr. John Fletcher, and more!

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University United Methodist Church
3350 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225.344.0343
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