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Discovering Your Lens
A Formational Series with
Kathi Gatlin

Each one of us, whether we believe in a God or not, has an understanding of God, ourselves, and the way the world works. This worldview has and continues to be formed by our family of origin, friends, and life experiences, human and Divine. 

 

In order for us to discover the shape and structure of our lens, we need humility, safety, and self-compassion. In this kind of setting, we can allow the ‘other’ to help define and refine our understandings. It is one thing to be in a community of like-minded people but a true gift to be on a safe platform offering a variety of perspectives. 

 

We have divided this series into five components. They build on each other but can be taken in any order that works in your schedule.

What you can expect:

  • Approximately 2-3 hours of homework each week

  • Engaging reading and activities designed for greater self-awareness

  • Safe small group discussion with Kathi Gatlin

  • Small Class Size

  • Optional one-on-one meeting with a Kathi for an additional suggested donation ($80)  - available online or in person

Our Guide

Kathi Gatlin is an experienced guide in these kinds of conversations, hosting students with diverse views that span a broad range of life experience. She provides a gracious space to bring your own understandings and your questions as we journey together in these shifting times. 

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20/20 Hindsight:

How History Shaped What We Hold to Be True

​We often think that prevailing assumptions about God have always been true. However, in a study of history, we can see how our understanding of Christianity has been influenced by the cultures around us. Discover how Christianity has developed alongside evolving cultures through history. We will be invited to notice how our current culture continues to shape what we hold true.

Required Books:

Diane Butler Bass, A People's History of Christianity

Gerald Sittser, Water From a Deep Well

Thursdays, 5:30-7PM PT

Sept 12 - Oct 17

$199

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Revealing Our Image of God

How do we define who God is? Our held image of God is shaped by our life experiences and the culture we live in. In this course we will:

  • take notice of what we hold true about God 

  • discuss and view other’s depictions of God 

  • notice our resonance or resistance to what others hold true 

Together we will share in a safe space how we start to define God while trusting God to meet us in that journey. 

Required Books:​​​

Dianna Butler Bass, Grounded: Finding God in the World

Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

Thursdays, 5:30-7PM PT

January 2020

$199

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Living Into Spiritual Formation

​The final installment of this series applies what we have discovered together and moves us deeper into the spiritual formation journey in a safe community. Together, let’s invite God to continue to shape our understanding of ourselves, others, and the world around us. (Pre-requisite: Participants must have completed two of the other courses in this series)

Required Books:

TBA

Henri Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love

Thursdays, 5:30-7PM PT

May 2020

$199

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Befriending Scripture Anew

​How much authority do we give Scripture? Which passages of Scripture do we place the greatest emphasis? In this course, we will look at the reasons behind the stories and the implications of holding a literal understanding of this ancient text. As we enter this conversation together, we will:​

  • discuss ways to allow this book to point us to God

  • consider the cultural background of the text and its authority to its first audience

  • and explore the relevance of it in our ordinary lives today. 

​In addition, we will enter into the stories through our imagination and Lectio Divina to allow Encounter to help frame our understanding of God. 

Required Books:

Chris Webb, The Fire of the Word

Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So

Thursdays, 5:30-7PM PT

Nov 7 - Dec 19

$199

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Transforming Our Image of God

How do other’s views of God impact our own? What do other religions have to teach us about the God we believe in? Can listening to others’ views help us to know God in deeper ways? Through reading and engaging rich conversation, we will discover how diverse expressions of faith can inform our own journey. 

Required Books:​​​

Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy

Patrick Mahaffey, Evolving God-Images

Thursdays, 5:30-7PM PT

March 2020

$199