Summer Explorations conclude with Centering Prayer on August 15 (the third Tuesday of each month), and our final Meaningful Movie with discussion on Wednesday evening, August 23.
Our Fall Explorations begin with a Sunday morning class between services, Sept. 10-24, led by Jocelyn Siler, on Martin Luther King Jr.'s book, The Strength to Love. On Wednesday, September 20, we begin a six-week book study of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, led by Deacon Doug Anderson. A Restorative Justice Panel Discussion will follow the conclusion of the book study and will be open to members of our parish and the wider Missoula community, regardless of participation in the book group. From October 15 to November 5, Rev. Terri will lead an Inquirer's Class on Sunday mornings between services. Centering Prayer will continue on the third Tuesday of each month. Watch our calendar and the Spirited Times for more information for these and other opportunities!
Book Study Groups
A variety of book study groups are offered throughout the year. Check our calendar and click on the ones that interest you for ordering information and contact information, or click here for an overview of this season's book study groups.
We have had a wonderful time at our Women's Retreat each fall at Camp Marshall on beautiful Flathead Lake. Due to construction at Camp Marshall, we are planning our Fall 2017 Women's Retreat at Holy Spirit. The retreat will be led by author and retreat leader The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Ring on October 13 and 14. She will share from her book, The Women Who Knew Jesus. Click here to find out more and to register for the retreat.
A series of classes designed for adults who wish to explore what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal tradition. It is ideal for those who would like to engage their faith more fully, deepen their understanding of the Episcopal Church, or who are seeking to be confirmed or received into the Church. All are welcome! Please let Rev. Terri know if you are interested in an Inquirer's Class. An Inquirer's Class is planned for Sunday mornings between services, October 15 to November 5. Check our calendar for details.
Connect & Grow
Are you interested in a deeper connection with other members of the parish? Are you looking for ways to grow in your faith? Consider these small group options. Groups will form and move ahead based on congregational interest. Let us know what you are interested in by contacting Gretchen Strohmaier at .
- Discussion Group: In this group we will practice learning to think theologically, bringing our Christian faith into dialogue with our daily life. We will meet weekly for twelve weeks to look at Scripture and our life experiences in a structured format in which, as a group, we will help to make meaning of theology as it relates to our lives. See our calendar for dates.
- Parenting Group: This group would likely meet once a month in the evening to discuss parenting books, share parenting ideas and pray together for ourselves and our children.
- Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit Group: This group would likely meet once a month to discuss books and articles related to physical health, food choices and the intersection of these with our faith.
- Discipleship Group: This group(s) would be made up of 4-6 people and would likely meet in a home(s). The group would meet regularly (anywhere from once a week to once a month). They would follow a structure of a brief time for Scripture reading and reflection, individual sharing and group prayer. The group would be experimental in nature, meeting for approximately 6 months, followed by an opportunity to reasses one's commitment to the group.
EfM -- Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry is a four-year ministry formation and theological education program for lay persons. Led by Julie Benson, participants meet once a week, September-May, to study the Bible, church history and theology, while learning to engage together in theological reflection. EfM is an outreach program of the School of Theology, University of the South, located in Sewanee, Tennessee. Students are guided in discerning and nurturing their ministries, as we are called to do by our baptismal covenant. The process provides each member with knowledge and confidence about themselves, teaching them to work with others as a group while deepening their faith.
Emmaus Campus Ministry
Emmaus Campus Ministry at the University of Montana offers a variety of worship services, dinners, discussions, service opportunities, and fun activities to university students and young adults to engage young adults to find their place and passion in life. All perspectives are welcomed! Emmaus Campus Ministry is an open and empowering ministry sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in partnership with the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ and is welcoming of all! Led by Pastor John Lund and located at 538 University Avenue; phone 396-4974. You can read their recent newsletter by clicking on "News" near the top of this page. Check the Emmaus website for a full schedule of all their activities: www.ecmum.org.