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?
Week 4- Chapters 6 and 7, "Shining compassion and dishing pain"
Week 5- Chapters 8 and 9, "How real can it get and how do I stay there?