Whole Congregation Formation – Pondering Mysteries – Sunday, Apr. 14th

Whole Congregation Formation aims to educate the mind and spirit in an intergenerational format at Sunday worship and in a following engagement event.

We want to teach anyone present and to mix our congregation so that we learn also about each other. So, this builds our minds, our relationship with God and with one another.

Whole Congregation Formation makes it easy to reach as many of our congregation members as possible by doing this on Sunday, when most people are already at church. Our other education programs have a more limited reach because people can’t make it because of jobs, mobility, traffic, etc..

What’s In Store

On April 14 , we will ponder the mystery of transformation, of rising and dying. You will be invited to explore this theme with the symbols of eggs, butterflies, and seeds.

COMMUNITY REMINDER: We ask that everyone bring a bag lunch and some small thing to share in their sack.

The upcoming Whole Congregation Formation event will not have lunch served, as had been done in prior events. So, please look forward to sharing your lunch with someone nearby.

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Adult Education – January 2016


Four Wednesday nights: January 13, 20, 27, & February 3 at 7:30 P.M. in the Library.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines. In Falling Upward, he seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life, and to show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.”

This important book explores the counter-intuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right–a fresh way of thinking about a spirituality that grows throughout our lives. Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss, but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. Among other things, Rohr explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness, offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens, and discusses how loss can be gain.


Falling Upward will be available for purchase beginning Sunday January 3 at a cost of $15.00 for the hard cover edition. Note that the book is also available in both Kindle and iBook formats.

Consider using AmazonSmile to purchase your class materials. It is a wonderful way you can further support the work of Saint Thomas and its programs like Adult Education.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice – consider “St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Sunnyvale, CA“

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The website: smile.amazon.com.

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