Soup & Study Lenten Program with Dean Churchwell
Using the book Everything Happens for a Reason, and Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler, Dean Churchwell will lead us through an exploration of Lenten themes on Wednesday evenings over Zoom from 7-8:15PM. Reading list below.
All are invited and welcome to attend this Lenten Program, as we engage in a virtual version of a traditional program at St. Paul's. We will gather for a time of fellowship and soup (or anything you want to enjoy) for 30 minutes, and then dive together into the program for 45 minutes. Soup recipes gathered from St. Paul's parishioners can be found below if you are looking for something to enjoy!
We will read the book together over the season of Lent; books are available for purchase in the bookstore if you need a copy!
Week 1- Chapter 1, "When it all falls apart"
In response to our first class, you are invited to listen to this podcast episode with Kate Bowler and Lori Gottlieb. How do we find joy and connection when tragedy surrounds us? In this episode, Kate speaks with bestselling author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb about creating daily rhythms, living in the both/and, and grief in the time of COVID19.CW: cancer, death of a parent. We will have time to discuss this on our Week 2 Zoom: https://katebowler.com/podcasts/lori-gottlieb-does... Additionally, we are pondering the questions: "When everything falls apart, where is God? Who do we turn to for support?
Week 2- Chapters 2 and 3, "Why? God, are you here? What does this suffering mean? And where do we find ourselves with others?
In response to our second class, you are invited to listen to this podcast episode with Kate Bowler. When fear is overwhelming, sometimes you need to press the button—the emergency button. In this special episode, Kate gets real with the people that she calls when she needs to push the button. You'll hear from comedian Joel McHale, writer Nora McInerny, preacher Beth Moore, and Kate's mom for a little dose of courage (and a lot of yelling by one of these people) in these uncertain times.CW: coronavirus, death of spouse, death of child. https://katebowler.com/podcasts/the-emergency-butt...
Week 3- Chapters 4 and 5, "How to we respond to suffering, and where do we find balance between grief and joy?
Alan Alda is best known for his prolific acting career. But he has also spent years learning about, and teaching, communication. The Emmy-winning actor and star of television's M*A*S*H teaches doctors and scientists to communicate more effectively and wrote the recent book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?. He talks with Kate about why human beings are so bad at talking about sickness-- and about what helps them improve.CW: dental operation, chronic illness https://katebowler.com/podcasts/alan-alda-can-you-...
Week 4- Chapters 6 and 7, "Shining compassion and dishing pain"
How do we prepare our kids for a world we can't always protect them from? Sesame Street creates educational programs to make the most vulnerable among us smarter, stronger, and kinder in the face of difficult realities. On this episode, Kate speaks with Sherrie Westin, the President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at the Sesame Workshop on how to tell our kids the hard truths in age appropriate ways. katebowler.com/podcasts/sesame-street-how-do-we-talk-to-kids-about-hard-things/
Week 5- Chapters 8 and 9, "How real can it get and how do I stay there?