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Adult Christian Formation

Merriann Clark is the contact person, but we all participate equally as a group instead of a dedicated leader. We sometimes use traditional Bible studies and sometimes we do religious book studies. We discuss the lessons with comments or questions from anyone, rather than using a more structured platform of questions and answers. Sometimes we read our materials at home but usually, we read the lessons together as a group, which enables us to stop when someone has something to discuss. By reading the book/lesson together in class, which seems to have become our preferred method, the material stays fresh in our minds for discussion. It’s informal but works well for us as it’s a wonderful way to get to know each other and hear others’ opinions and perspectives on what we are studying.

We are also a support group for each other and use the first part of the class as a weekly catch-up or a time for anyone to discuss something they want or need to talk about. At the end of the class, we pray for anyone’s needs and the needs of families, friends and other church members.

Some people have been in the class together for many years, some just a couple and some not long. Our class size is usually around 12 to 15, and we would love to include anyone who would like to join us. It is an inclusive group and provides a great opportunity to get to know personally others in our church family. We feel our class is a learning and fellowship experience combined.

Beginning September 10th we will begin a new book: "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. 

being mortalNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune, now in paperback with a new reading group guide

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life -all the way to the very end.

 You can find your copy of the book here on Amazon.  Don't forget, we meet Monday Nights at 7pm in the parish library!!