Spiritual Disciplines in Context
Led by Rev. Nancy Willbanks from FBC Littleton
This fall for each Common Thursday, we’ll consider a spiritual discipline or practice alongside a contemporary issue or hard question that some or many of us may wrestle with. I’m using as a primary resource the 2014 edition of Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, and I recommend it to you.
We’ll meet at 5:45 p.m. on Zoom. Feel free to bring your dinner, contact church for log in information.
September 9, 2021: Spiritual Yearning vs. Physical Hunger and Thirst.
How do we recognize spiritual yearning? How often do we turn to food as a substitute for satisfying our spiritual longings? How many of you have gained weight during the pandemic? What in our cultural context contributes to obesity, and our obsession with weight gain/loss and diets? What spiritual practices bring us to an understanding of how to “satisfy our longings as nothing else will do?”
September 23: The Practice of Spiritual Reading while Developing Biblical Literacy in a divided, pluralistic and multicultural society.
How do we read the Bible? How can reading the Bible be a meditative or contemplative practice? When is/how has the Bible been weaponized or ignored? Do we need to believe the Bible literally? What do other spiritual texts have to offer us? How do we make sense of the Bible when we are confronted with very different interpretations and contradictions? How does or can the Bible make a difference in our daily lives? Is it okay or even necessary to pick and choose the scriptures to guide your daily life? How does the Bible guide or justify our actions?