Curiosity and St. Gregory's Story
 
Greetings!

It's hard for me to believe, but I first visited St. Gregory's twenty years ago this month. The experience electrified me, destabilized me, and turned my understanding of congregations inside out. Since then, I've remained curious about what it is that makes our community so remarkable. What is in our DNA that keeps remaking the way we are in relationship with each other and with the ancient way of Isaiah, Paul of Tarsus, Mary Magdalene, Gandhi, Lady Godiva, and Jesus Christ? What are the practices that we take up Sunday by Sunday that feed our souls and open our hearts to the Spirit's enliven us? 

This fall I want to teach a series in the Adult Forum called "Twenty-One Things About St. Gregory's." It will be a reflection on our practice and history, our stories and experiences, and a way to get ready to celebrate our congregation's fortieth anniversary in 2018. And I need your help! Send me your thoughts about the ways that we make church together - the practices that transform your life - and tell me why. I want to crowdsource this project.

Keep your hearts and minds open - the way will continue to unfold before us.  

Peace,
Paul Fromberg
Happening at St. Gregory's

 

This Sunday, June 11

Saturday, June 17
Next Sunday, June 18
Our Shared Life
Adult Forum Book Study - Begins this Sunday
Francie Kendall will lead a book study of James H. Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree during the Adult Forum hour on June 11, 18, and 25. The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In his powerful work, Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black people. This book study will examine tensions of reconciling the gospel message of liberation with the reality of black oppression and suffering during the lynching era – and our response to it.

Announcements from Friends and Partners
  • Sunday, June 11, Field trip to the Mary Bowerman Trail near the top of Mount Diablo. Meet at 2 PM in the large parking lot just below the summit (do not go to the summit lot where parking is limited and time-restricted). We will hike the Mary Bowerman Train (previously called the Fire Interpretive Trail), which circles round the summit a few hundred feet down. Since blooms are later at the summit, there should be many flowers. The trail is fairly level and about one mile long. Google Map Location Contact David Marolies for more information.
  • Saturday, June 17, Mission Fusion, 8:30 PM Social Dancing in the rotunda. Door Fee.
One Last Thing
Our monthly Supper Service is taking a break this summer so that we can explore new ways of making church together. Plan on joining us when we resume on September 10.  

Peace,
Paul

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