Sunday Morning in Adult Ed: Telling our Faith Stories
What does it mean to be spiritual? Religious? Is spirituality simply whatever religion is not?
How have we come to define ourselves as Christian? Were/are there members of our families
and communities that have helped us in that journey? Beginning with a look at family systems,
we’ll consider our own spiritual/religious inheritances and how we come to an understanding of our Christian identity. Led by Pastor Judy with guest speaker Dr. Carl Yusavitz to open the
February 18 – Family Matters! What does it mean to you to be a Christian? Did religious
participation have a major impact on your religious or spiritual life when you were growing up?
Did your family celebrate any major religious life rituals? If you are married and/or with kids,
are they in the same religious tradition? Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Director of Pastoral Services at
the Penn Foundation in Sellersville, PA, will set the stage for our series by giving us a working
understanding of family systems.
February 25 – “Spiritual not Religious?” According to the “Faith Matters” surveys, the most
detailed ever taken of Americans’ religious and civic lives, a large number of Americans define
themselves this way. So what does it mean for those of us in the Christian tradition? Are the
two mutually exclusive, or is there room for both? Where and how does faith fit in? We’ll look
at three different patterns of spirituality; take the “Spirituality 101” self-survey, and discuss
what it means to reject religion in favor of spirituality.
March 4 - What’s Your Story? “God loves stories – that’s why He created us!” - Elie Wiesel.
Those of us whose spirituality is intimately bound up with the church often find it is not so easy to move from busyness to quiet, from speaking to listening; in fact, sometimes our church lives make this very difficult! So how can we live into our communal faith lives while also nurturing our spirits? Often, the answer lies in our stories. In this session, we’ll use a community
genogram to begin framing our spiritual autobiographies. Bring your favorite candy to share!
March 11 – Wearing your Sunday Best! This week we’ll continue to fill in our faith stories by
looking at our family genograms. A genogram is a way of helping us understand each person in a family, their history and connections to one another. A spiritual family genogram looks at
patterns related to personal faith and family religious practices, such as how and whether
families celebrate rituals of connection (meals, coming and going), celebration (birthdays,
anniversaries) and community (Thanksgiving, Christmas). Paper, pencils and erasers provided!
March 18 – Wearing your Sweats – In exploring our family genograms, we may occasionally
uncover some things that we didn’t know about before, including the occasional spiritual
wound. Poet Robert Bly believes that one’s spiritual wounds are the source of one’s genius and
“… precisely the place from which we will give our major gift to the community.” Come
prepared to engage the source of your genius by examining your personal genogram. Wearing
March 25 – On the Road Again… “Two people journeyed from Jerusalem to Emmaus on that
first Easter afternoon. A stranger joined them on this walk, and they began to share their
story… The stranger shared his story…” Now that you’ve learned something about your own
faith story, that of your family and the community in which you were raised, how do you go
about sharing that information? When is it TMI? Too little? Learn “Judy’s 8 Commandments
for Sharing” to set a tone for sharing your faith story.