We call the educational portion of what we do on Wednesday evenings, “Journeys,” because we set out on a mission to explore our faith through Bible study, relationships, and the deep questions of life and faith. In the first half of 2016 we have looked at faith vs. works in the book of James and pondered what the Bible teaches about the afterlife. Young mothers have gotten together to discuss the book, Women are Scary: The totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends. During the season of Lent we asked how and why we need to enter sacred time and space to help us on our faith journey. We went on an amazing journey with Tim Ternes from the St. John’s Bible project to learn how this hand written Bible with illuminations was created and spent 5 weeks with the print exhibit in our parlor. Then we considered how we create a culture of hospitality, generosity, learning and evangelism at Smoke Rise. We are finishing up with a plunge into some of the Old Testament stories that cause us to wrestle with those texts and ideas. I hope you have been on this journey with us and have been inspired, learned something new, or gone deeper into your faith. I look forward to more “Journeys” together this fall.
Till then ….