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The Way of Love

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The Way of Love
2019 - 2020

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More than a program or curriculum, the Way of Love is a return to the ancient pathways and rules of life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. Earlier followers knew the power of committing to a core set of practices and gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to, not only worship Jesus, but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.

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UNDERSTANDING A RULE OF LIFE

A rule of life is an intentional commitment to a set of practices that provide guidance, rhythm and inspiration for living a beautiful, meaningful and holy life. As we place these practices at the heart of our daily lives and join with companions who share the commitment, we grow more and more in the unselfish, hope-filled Way of Love that Jesus embodied in the world.

EXPLORING AND LIVING THE PRACTICES

We invite you to take time exploring these practices for living a Jesus-centered life using the resources in this book. Also, join us for worship on Sundays and formation on Wednesday evenings, during which we will spend time together in these seven practices. Remember no one follows Jesus all alone. The ideal way to live the Way of Love is in a community of love, support and accountability.

WOL Events and Offerings

WEDNESDAYS ON WINDSOR
Wednesdays (Windsor Campus)
Please note: Nursery is open from 4:30p - 6:30p

This year, Good Shepherd invites parishioners of all ages to incorporate something new into their regular weekly rhythm: “Wednesdays on Windsor,” a relaxed and engaging evening of food, fellowship, and formation on our Windsor campus. Now the primary time for adult formation on the Windsor campus, these evenings will offer a free, healthy, and delicious chef-prepared meal available between 5:00 and 7:00; time and space for casual visiting and community building; and organized formation offerings centered around Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s The Way of Love.

Our hope is that you will join us for whatever part of Wednesdays on Windsor works for you, whether that be a quick bite with your family, a longer dinner and conversation with parish friends, a full evening of spiritual learning – or any combination of the above. Dinner is available to anyone on campus between 5:00 and 7:00, and adult formation programs will begin at 6:30 - see full schedule below.

5:00p – 5:45p
Children’s Program | EC 204

4:30p – 6:30p
Nursery Open | Nursery

5:00p – 7:00p
Dinner | PLC

5:30p
Healing Service | Nave

6:30p
All offerings will be on the second floor of the Education Center
Edge | Edge Lounge
Middle School Youth Group | Youth Corner
Mom's Evening Book Club | EC 209
Dads' Bible Study | EC 211
WOL Discussion Group | Media Room (details below)

January 8 | Feast of Light
Event Details

A special Feast of Light Celebration and Eucharist. We will chalk the church door, celebrate epiphany, and send you home with a kit to do this in your own home.

January 15 | Jason Evans of the Diocese of Texas
Discussion Details

We are excited to have with us Jason Evans, the Diocese of Texas Missioner for Missional Communities. He will discuss how the church reaches the unreachable – those who will not or can not attend church as we have come to know it.

January 22 & 29 | Asset Mapping with the Rev. Dean Lawrence
Discussion Details

On January 22nd and 29th, the Rev. Dean Lawrence, Priest for Outreach and Formation, will work with us to discover our collective passions, gifts, and community connections through a process called asset mapping. Asset mapping provides a means of collecting gifts and capacities of ourselves and our neighbors and then encourages the use of those connections to strengthen our congregations and communities.

February 5 | GO Interfaith Panel
Discussion Details

Continuing our pattern of an interfaith discussion on each phase of the Way of Love, we will hear how different faith traditions respond to the need to GO: to cross boundaries, listen to others, and heal the world.

February 12 | Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Discussion Details

We will be joined by Amber Fogerty, President and Chief Goodness officer for Mobile Loaves and Fishes. She will share more of the story of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, including the innovative Community First! Village.

WOMEN ON WEDNESDAY (WOW)
2nd Wednesday of the month beginning in September (The Hill)

Grow in friendship with the women of Good Shepherd and The Hill. Join us as we share our stories, learn new things and celebrate the many gifts of our community. Interested? Contact Donna White.


FOYER GROUPS
Ongoing
(Windsor Campus)

More than a program or curriculum, Way of Love is an intentional commitment to a set of practices which help us to follow Jesus.

Within this practice we invite parishioners to join Foyer Groups that will gather periodically to break bread together and share meaningful conversation about this rule of life.

Childcare will be available at the kick-off dinner. 


 

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