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: tinyurl.com/GSLBeholdWhatYouAre
Obtain your book online or at a local bookstore.
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 (gracestlukes.org/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: tinyurl.com/SacredGroundWednesday for the Wednesday sessions and tinyurl.com/SacredGroundThursday for the Thursday sessions.