Spring 2017 Programs
Would you like to see something happen that you don't see here? Most of ECM's programs are shaped and led by students. If you're interested in starting a program, contact David Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner and Dr. King
Almost every Sunday evening at 6 PM when school is in session, students gather at the ECM campus center for physical and spiritual nourishment. No one knows for sure, but it’s likely that this tradition was in place for a half-century or more. A home cooked meal is provided for the evening, which could range from make your own personal size pizza to breakfast for supper to spaghetti. This semester, we will encounter the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Starts January 22, 2017
Real Food Lunch
If you’re free this semester on Fridays between 11:30 and 1:00 p.m. come to the ECM Campus Center and enjoy a “Real Food Lunch” with friends, old and new. The idea for a “Real Food Lunch” grew out of conversations in Spring 2010 among several ECM student leaders, who wanted to combine their love of spending time with friends with their growing commitment to eating healthier and more diverse foods. So they came up with this idea to offer a no-fee-donation-only meal each week at ECM where everyone is welcome, featuring as much locally grown, fresh produce as possible. Participants can help with the chores of setting up beforehand, preparing the meals with food purchased via donations and cleaning up afterwards. Starts on January 20, 2017.
An ancient practice of meditation – not study - on sacred texts to satisfy spiritual thirst. This is a guided opportunity to meditate on sacred texts as a way to connect with the Holy as the week ends. Rather than a study of holy words, lectio divina is a way of listening contemplatively to sacred texts that satisfies spiritual thirst. Sacred texts will be drawn from the texts of Christian and other religious traditions. Fridays at 1:30pm after Real Food Lunch. Starts January 27, 2017.
Brewing on Belief
During the school year on Wednesdays at 8:30pm. We've been meeting at Bluestem Bistro, but follow the facebook page for up-to-the-minute locations. Come join us for some good times with friends and some great discussion on a variety of current topics and some delving into the Bible. Oh, and some enjoyment of adult beverages for the 21+ crowd along the way! Starts January 18, 2017.
Meditation and Contemplative Prayer
Wednesdays from 7-8pm. We will explore different ways to clear our minds and focus on our connection with ourselves and the divine.
Queer Faith Study: Room at the Table
A discussion about faith, gender, and sexuality with a focus on how people of different backgrounds and perspectives can come together and openly discuss these topics in a safe atmosphere. This is a discussion group set up to promote personal growth, challenge spiritually, and allow a space to ask tough questions. Based on the short film, "Enough Room at the Table" (www.enoughroomfilm.com), this four-sesion dialogue is offered as different session that can be attended independently of one another or all together. One Saturday each month: Feburary 4, March 4, April 8, and May 6. Runs from 10am-3pm with a light lunch provided. Questions? contact Seth Dills at email@example.com.
SECOND HELPING -- Second Helping is First Congregational UCC's outreach meal to those in the community who need a hot meal. There is a need for assistance in preparing, serving and/or cleaning up after the Second Helping meal. Prep begins at around 4:00, the meal is served at 6:00, clean up is done by 6:45 or so. If you are interested in volunteering contact First Congregational at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-537-7006