Reflections on Hope

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Please join us on Zoom Passcode: 60187 at 7pm for the following lessons on Hope

January 19
Session 1: Hope and Desire - a Reading from Romans 8:24-25 (David Fisher)
January 26
Session 2: Hope and Hopelessness - "Could a Revived 'Theology of Hope' Resore Faith in Hopeless Times?" by Marin Marty (Kevin Caruso)
February 2
Session 3: Hope in Judaism- “The Hope of Heaven... on Earth” by Walter Bruggemann (Jim Lanning and Robin Currie)
February 9
Session 4: Happiness and Hope: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursual K. LeGuin (Brenda Lotesta and David Fisher)

Saturday Morning Adult Study

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All are welcome to join us each Saturday morning for Adult Study. We are currently studying Understanding the Old Testament. Christians and Jews share a set of sacred writings that Christians call the Old Testament and Jews call the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible. It is a collection of literature of many genres: narrative, philosophy, poetry, invective, history, and mystic vision. The structure of the course consists of 24 half hour presentations, each followed by group discussion of what we have heard and learned. It will be helpful if participants have available a “study Bible”, that is a Bible with annotations and notes.

We are currently meeting on Zoom (Meeting ID: 893 3309 1187; Password: 60187) at 9:30 am.

Although the Saturday morning group has been together for some time, we would be thrilled to welcome new members to join us for this survey of the literature that gave rise to our own faith tradition.

Meditations for Our Times

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The Rev. Trilby Murray, Chaplain for the Episcopal Church Women, Chicago, and deacon at St. Thomas, Chicago, is writing an on-going series of meditations to address the issues and concerns of our lives today. These timely pieces are posted on the Episcopal Church Women website, They can be found listed on the bottom of the “Faith” tab. You will also find a prayer request form on that page if you would like to submit names for the ECW board prayer list.

Haiti Scholars, Inc.

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First – Thank you so much to the Outreach Commission and to Trinity for the $500.00 grant. The funds went along way to helping students and their families who otherwise would not be able to continue their education.

Haiti Scholars, Inc. is an organization and mission that grew out of a mission trip to Centre D’Etudes Lumiere in Mariani, Haiti. (Mariani is in the southern part of the country on the Port au Prince Bay.) The organization is funded by individuals but had its start as a mission trip taken to Haiti by members of Our Savior Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Naperville. The decision to form a non-profit group was to allow them to apply for grants and to seek donations outside of the church. The group was so taken with the students, teachers (who work under difficult circumstances) and families of Centre D’Etudes Lumiere that they returned home and started to work on how they could provide meaningful help them. They are truly called to this ministry of hope and opportunity for all in Mariani, Haiti.

Read more: Haiti Scholars, Inc.

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