Book Study “Behold What You Are: Becoming the Body of Christ”

Behold What You Are

Dates: September 15, 22, 29, October 6 | Registration Requested by September 8

Facilitator: The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher 

Time: 6–7:15 p.m. | Location: GSL (various spaces: to be announced) 

Episcopal Church Publishing writes: “Behold What You Are (Lisa G. Fischbeck) is written to open the possibilities of liturgy and liturgical awareness, in the church and of the church, Sunday by Sunday, season by season. In a world increasingly and sharply divided, the image of the body of Christ can provide an alternate and life-giving narrative. We don’t just gather to worship God; we gather to worship God together, even when that gathering is online. And we go forth together to be the body of Christ, that the world might be repaired and restored to God. This body is not finite and exclusive; it is porous and open to all. Our traditions are a wonderful springboard for refreshed liturgical expressions in settings within and beyond our church buildings. These expressions can connect with people who would not otherwise enter a beautiful but somewhat austere structure. With some thoughtful reflection and intentionality, the public expression and formation of the body of Christ through liturgy can become more vital for all.” Considering this reflection and the importance of relationships and community to the GSL community, all adults and youth are invited to share in this four-week book study facilitated by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher. In Winter-Spring 2022, the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is slated to be a GSL Sunday Parish Hall Forum Guest Speaker. 

“Behold What You Are” Chapters: 1) Liturgy as Public Expression and Formation of the Body of Christ; (2) Formed by the Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy; (3) Formed by Special Events and Seasonal Opportunities; (4) Liturgy of a Church without a Church Building; (5) The Life of a Church as Meta-Liturgy.

Registration requested by Wednesday, September 8:

Obtain your book online or at a local bookstore.

Sacred Ground Dialogue Series on Race

Sacred Ground

Beginning the week of September 12, GSL Social Justice Ministry will offer a 10-week series called Sacred Ground. Sacred Ground is a film and readings-based dialogue series on race and grounded in faith. Small groups will walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism while weaving in threads of family story, class, and political and regional identity. We invite you to join one of the two dialogue circles that are being formed (Wednesday nights 6:30–8:30 p.m. or Thursday mornings 10 a.m.–12 p.m.). For more information, please reach out to Paula Barnes, the Rev. Laura Gettys, Nicki Soulé, or Jennie VanDeveer via Realm ( You can also find more details and a preview of videos and hopes for our time at Sacred Ground – The Episcopal Church. Registration Deadline is September 1. Signup HERE: for the Wednesday sessions and for the Thursday sessions.

Past Midweek Formation Offerings

  • Our June 3 offering featured an "Interview by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher of Todd Richardson, President of the Crosstown Redevelopment Cooperative and Co-Founder of Crosstown Arts: an outcome of faith and symbol in our community and symbol of hope" on Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 27 offering featured an "Interview by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher of Josephine Hicks, Episcopal Relief & Development Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs, about how this unique and vital ministry is supporting the worldwide human family during COVID-19" on GSL Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 20 offering featured "Music and Meditations for Ascension Day by Dr. Patrick A. Scott and the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher” on GSL Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 13 offering was "COVID-19 Video Meditations by Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel,  with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 6 offering included excerpts from Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety" with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live, session enhanced with choral music for meditation. Watch video here.
  • Our Apri 29 offering was given the Rev. Katherine M. Bush who reflected on “Eastertide Poetry and Stories.” Katherine+ continually offers our parish wise and important insights, and we are excited for her willingness to join us tonight.” Poetry used for formation offering found here. Watch the video here.
  • Our April 22 offering was given by the Rev. Meredith Jane Day who presented "Cultivating Compassion in the time of COVID-19." You can watch this offering by following this link.
  • Our April 1offering was presented by the Rev. Ollie Rencher: A Meditation and Virtual Chat about Psalm 30. You can watch this offering by following this link.