Easter is a season of surprises, the most notable of which is the amazing power of Christ’s life to move beyond death! The disciples were shocked by the crucifixion of Jesus, flummoxed by the disappearance of his body from the tomb, and stunned by his resurrection appearances among them. Jesus had tried to prepare them. Even so, they were surprised by his real-but-different-than-before presence in the garden, in the locked room, by the lakeshore, on the road to Emmaus, on the mountaintop. Easter, as those first disciples discovered, is more than one Sunday. Easter invites us to expect surprises during the course of making our way through the world as followers of Jesus. Easter teaches us to draw upon God’s grace, peace, and hope as we face the various circumstances of our lives.
An element of surprise characterizes several of our current opportunities for learning, serving, and growing:
What are the links between faith and architecture? Come find out at a seminar offered by Wayne Kalayjian on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 pm. The connections may or may not be what you expected!
How can we faithfully navigate our changing roles when we anticipate or are surprised by a death, a birth, a retirement, an illness, the shrinking or expansion of our family, the start or loss of a relationship, a child growing up, a change in position or job description? If you have recently asked yourself, or can imagine asking yourself, “Who am I now and what should I be doing?” you will find good guidance and support by taking part in the Role Transitions workshop offered by Dr. Michelle Dexter on Monday, April 16 at 7 pm.
Do the actions and behaviors of authors and artists influence or change our perception and understanding of their work? Those who have read Sherman Alexie’s book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” will gather on Monday, April 30, at 7 pm, to continue a discussion of the theme “Doors Between Worlds” as expressed in works of fiction. I will moderate the conversation.
I’m pretty sure nobody’s life goes exactly as expected! The community of faith exists so that we can accompany one another and encourage one another through both hard awakenings and happy surprises. The experience and perspective each individual brings is part of what makes us all stronger, so I look forward to spending time with you.