Small Groups

Small Groups start the week of September 16 and run for six weeks.
Watch your Sunday Bulletin Announcements for more information.
Sign up in the Welcome Center.

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
Co-led by Mary Mikell and Betsy Irvine Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Beginning Sept. 18
Questioning the conventional distinctions between the sacred and the secular, learning that no physical act is too earthbound or too humble to become a path to the divine. Talk about incorporating these practices into our daily lives so as to discover altars everywhere we go and in everything we do.

Bible and Brew - Discuss the lectionary passage with friends and fellowship
Co-led by Edward Peterson and Logan Wiedenfeld
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Beginning- September 19
Place TBD
The much loved “Bible and Brew” group brings together a weekly discussion of the Bible lectionary passage in the informal setting of one of Baton Rouge’s watering holes. Whether you have a beer or a cup of coffee, we guarantee that the discussion will be lively and informative. (Watch the bulletin for news as to the day and location of the meeting!)

Soup & Spirituality
Co-led by Betsy Wilks and Victoria Robertson Thursdays 6:00 p.m. Beginning Sept. 20
Book: Falling Upward; A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life By Richard Rohr
In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on the wisdom from time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and sacred religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen or failed are the ones who understand “up.” We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right. Soup will be provided.

“Thirst: An Awakening”
Co-led by Jim Wilcox and Lori Tucker
Sundays immediately after 11:00 a.m. worship
Beginning September 23 at UPC (room TBA)
Mary Oliver’s Thirst, a collection of poems, will provide a touchstone for our wide-ranging weekly discussions. The surprising ways grace manifests itself in our lives is just one of the themes we’ll explore in Oliver’s poetry. Each week we’ll have a chance to engage not only with personal responses to our favorite poems, books, and movies, but also with a deeper appreciation of the gifts of nature in our spiritual life. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or a snack.