Journey of Discovery



“Unless we periodically disengage from the busyness of daily life, it is hard to listen to what is stirring within us…Discipleship begins with dwelling in Christ, entering the place of loving embrace, staying under the gaze of his tender mercy. It involves living with a heart open to love, a heart willing to change, a heart ready to serve, a heart disposed to pray, like Samuel, ‘Speak for your servant is listening.”  The world is hungry not for busier people but bigger-hearted people….

 – Daniel Groody, Prof. of Theology at University of Notre Dame, quoted in Give Us This Day, vol. 8 #1, 151.

Journey of Discovery

Join us as we explore the paths that lead us from ‘welcoming’ to ‘hospitality’ to ‘belonging’ as a congregation, for our congregation and for our neighborhood. This series will provide experiential and informational opportunities for the entire congregation that lead to:

 

  • individual personal reflection and intentional growth in Christ-likeness
  • corporate conversation and commitment to becoming an ever more welcoming and hospitable expression of the Beloved Community
  • a vibrant selection of events that draw interest and attendance from our neighboring community
  • and help us articulate Epiphany’s vision for congregational life and witness as one element informing our emerging call for a new rector.

This system of inter-related events in varying formats means that each member of the congregation can find one format and style of engagement that meets her/his needs. Events are linked and build on each other, but each is presented as a stand alone experience. The Series is based on the following concepts:

 

  • Discipleship as a lifelong journey of following Jesus.
  • A relationship with Jesus becomes the lens through which we see and love others
  • Serving others is one way we serve Jesus;
  • We travel in community on the Christian journey,
  • Our church is part of and witness to God’s Beloved Community,
  • Beloved Community welcomes everyone!

The series will help us understand how we can become ever more hospitable to those in our neighborhoods as a witness of the Beloved Community of God.

 

Upcoming events in the series are:

 

Trinity Institute 2018: Values in Action

May 19, 2018; 9:00am – 3:00pm

“We all want to create a better world—and that requires action and connection. Discerning shared values is crucial to forming powerful partnerships and moving forward with courageous intention. Explore how you and your community can set a collaborative course at Values in Action, a Trinity Institute conference designed to help you get grounded and connected so you can get going. This year’s conference features leading activists, theologians, authors, and experts on how to integrate core values into strategic and effective action,”

This Webinar will explore how our Christian values define our actions in our communities. Listen to speakers, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, authors Michelle Alexander and Jose Antonio Vargas, activists Dierdre Good Adnan Zulfiqar and Elizabeth Edman, among others, as they explore the role of our stories in our values, and our values as we seek justice.

 

Epiphany Book Club

Linda Lyman will host conversations with a purpose. The group will meet monthly to discuss books and films related to the experience of and fight against racism.  Watch for information about the first meeting in the Star and Starlite.

 

If you didn’t get a copy of the Journey of Discovery Booklet at the Annual Meeting, contact Elaine Pope or the Church office to get your copy.