formation & education

This year for Christian formation activities, the Presbyterians and the Episcopalians are joining together.   The studies are designed around the seasons, from winter to autumn, keeping in mind the tenor those seasons hold for us.  Each study is unique, so you can pick and choose which you would like to attend.

 To help with the busyness of peoples’ schedules, we will be offering two different times for formation, one morning and one evening.  The study will be the same at both.  Please pick which works best for you and please feel free to attend either group at any time.  For questions, email Melinda at

Mindfulness and Merton

Moving towards Lent, our study will begin trending towards the contemplative.  The Christian tradition has a long history of contemplative prayer, but it often seems difficult or inaccessible.  With a reading from Thich Nhat Hanh, we’ll  explore mindfulness and presence in the moment.  For the next two sessions, we will spend some time with Thomas Merton, reading selections from his writings on meditation and contemplation.  With these two men as our guides, we will journey towards a better understanding of how we might practice mindfulness, meditation, and contemplation.

January 30: Thich Nhat Han, selections in Miracle of Mindfulness

February 6: Thomas Merton, selections from No Man is an IslandChapter 4Chapter 7, and Chapter 15

February  13: Thomas Merton, selections in New Seeds of Contemplation

Rohr website (1)

February 20: Falling Upward, Introduction and a presentation on the Enneagram

February 27: Falling Upward, Chapters 1-2

March 6: Falling Upward, Chapters 3-5

March 13: Falling Upward, Chapters 6-8

March 20: Falling Upwards, Chapter 9 to the end

March 27: Guided Meditation with Kathleen Ellwood                                                               (morning session will be at Yoga on Main; evening at the library)