Small Groups for Fall 2020

Murder, Marches, and Monuments led by Gaines Foster
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom
August 23 – September 13
The class seeks to understand how the murder of an African American in Minneapolis led to marches all over the country and quickly to the demand to remove Confederate monuments in the South. It will begin with a look at the emergence of the Lost Cause, the movement that shaped a public memory of the Civil War and gave birth to Confederate monuments and then look at Robert E. Lee and how he became central to that memory and to current debates over monuments. The class will then contrast the memory with the history, with an overview of the historical development of structural racism over the centuries and an analysis of why policing became a focal point of that history today.(These sessions will be recorded and will be uploaded to our Facebook feed)
Meeting ID: 991 5243 7869   Passcode: 830965

The Art of Biblical Narrative led by Stuart Irvine
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom
September 27 – October 25
This class will examine well-known biblical stories, for example, Cain and Abel, the binding of Isaac, Jacob’s dream at Bethel, Judah and Tamar, Rahab the prostitute of Jericho, the tragedy of King Saul, and David and Goliath We will approach the literature with two main questions. (1) What literary artistry can we see in the stories? (2) What do the stories tell us about ancient Israelite religion and culture?   (These sessions will be recorded and will be uploaded to our Facebook feed) Meeting ID: 955 3220 1687

Feasting on the Word – Adult Bible Study rotating leaders
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom (ongoing)
For each lectionary text, participants will find brief essays and discussions concerning the biblical texts. One review states,” A very helpful resource for those who use the lectionary in their weekly church services. I love that each passage is broken into theological perspective, pastoral perspective, exegetical perspective and homiletical perspectives. Having each perspective side by side discussing the passage for the week is very helpful.
Meeting ID: 817 0108 6436   Passcode: 369663

CUBA led by George Strain
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Starting August 26
This Zoom-based small group on the topic of Cuba is being organized by George Strain and Carl Motsenbocker. Both have visited several times and will share up-to-date information about Cuba for those interested. Discussion topics will be the geography and history of Cuba, the Presbyterian Church in Cuba, US-Cuba relations, Living Waters for the World, agriculture, science and medicine, what it’s like to visit Cuba, and possibly other topics of interest to the participants.  Anyone who has not already received a Zoom invitation from George should email him at

Visio Divina led by Patti Snyder
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom (ongoing)
Visio Divina will be taking a break on August 18 and 25 and will resume on Tuesday, September 1 at 1:30 pm (note time change) On 9/1 will begin a series entitled “Faces of Faith.”  This small group uses a combination of the processes of ‘lexio divina’ (divine reading) and ‘visio divina’ (divine seeing) to reflect on one scripture passage and an accompanying piece of artwork each week. The process is guided and requires no experience. We share a contemplative/prayerful practice that includes time for individual reflection and group sharing. For information on how to join please contact Patti Snyder at

Soul Feast led by Mary Mikell and Betsy Irvine
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom (ongoing)
Readings from various writers in spirituality. The group reads essays, books, and poems from a wide variety of authors.
Meeting ID: 872 4879 6877  Passcode: 592271

Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament led by Dave Launey
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Beginning September 3 for 10 Sessions
When we lament we move from suffering to faith. In our faith there is hope. We lament in order to hope. Contact Dave Launey at for more information or to purchase a book ($10)



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