“Almost Christmas” Advent 2019 online small group discussions

No matter how hard you try to make the Christmas season merry and bright, do you still sometimes feel there’s something missing? Using Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience (by Devega, McIntyre, Casperson and Rawle) we’ll explore over 4 weeks how we can make a commitment to Christ during Advent, and connect to our Christian heritage with the traditional themes of peace, hope, love and joy.  Join us Tuesday evenings via ZOOM from 8-9 PM Eastern beginning November 26 as we seek to grow in our love for Jesus and one another this Advent season.  Register now with link: https://bit.ly/2MOf6XM (be sure to select the Tuesday ZOOM group as all others are in-person meetings)

Class size is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online Courses:

Founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) provides online spiritual resources “to empower individuals to live out their sacred soul tasks in service to the world.” CAC offers self-paced online courses to connect seekers from around the world.

The Work of the People (TWOTP) offers 4-6 week e-courses and online discussion groups can be a place to meet for people looking to expand and enrich their faith. Each course will include assignments to watch films, include questions that lead to in-depth self-inquiry and group discussions throughout the duration of the course, all facilitated by a mentor and friend of TWOTP.  TWOTP is a subscription based streaming service; multiple plans are available.

Pathways to Learning and Leadership is an online program of nine courses offered over a two-year period to provide educational preparation toward leading a congregation as a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE).  Courses are open to all, one does not need to be pursuing to become a CRE in order to participate. Each 5 week course aims to enhance knowledge and discipleship. Dates: September 2019-May 2020, including Bible survey courses that are self-paced to complete on your own your own timeline.

Online Resources:

The Work of The People (TWOTP) offers 4-6 session film series ideal for small groups, which also include an accompanying discussion/prayer practice guide. TWOTP is a subscription based streaming service; multiple plans are available.

ProgressiveChristianity.org provides guiding ideas, networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches, organizations, small groups, and individuals that long to craft a spiritual life connected to the way of Jesus. Join the Progressive Christianity community on Facebook ProgressiveChristianity.org.

Darkwood Brew offers the world’s largest collection of Christian, progressive friendly small group video resources produced by a single source. The sessions can be purchased on DVD or in streaming format and are designed to be used in either small groups or more traditional Sunday morning 1-hour formats.

The Yale Divinity Bible Study Project is undergoing a major update. In the meantime, you can still view many of their Bible Study videos on https://bit.ly/2Fy4Dx0. Previous courses are available from the Congregational Church of New Canaan at https://www.godsacre.org/adult/yale-bible-study/

Online Communities:

  • Here is a free Bible App for iOS or Android users. It is a Progressive Christian community that contains blogs, devotionals, chat rooms and podcasts.   https://www.ourbibleapp.com

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