First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine


Announcing the 2021 Lenten Study

Announcing this Year's Lenten Study: The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

The subtitle of Rohr's book is: "How a Forgotten Reality can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe." Drawing from the diverse Christian tradition, Rohr invites us on a journey of re-imagining who Christ is and thereby who we are. Christ is not Jesus' last name though we say that we discover Christ in Jesus in particular form. We experience in Jesus Christ the blueprint for what it means to live a human life as an expression of the divine outpouring of creative energy. And there is an even more universal dimension to understanding Christ. Wherever divine energy and matter converge, the Christ becomes manifest. Rohr writes that God loves things by becoming them and infuses all life with the presence of Christ. This Christ energy in us can be bound or thwarted or it can flow freely and creatively. Some of this depends on our vision of who God is and expresses God's self. The Universal Christ is a book that can indeed engage us in a life changing paradigm shift of understanding.

This will not simply be an intellectual discussion about an interesting book. Our sharing will include personal reflection, group reflection as well as brief worship (prayer and shared silence). Given the pandemic, all meetings will be via zoom. Unfortunately, we will not gather for our usual Lenten soup dinners.

We will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm: February 25, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25 and possibly April 8th

Please go and explore the special website where you can find videos, podcasts and other helpful resources on the Universal Christ. Participants are asked to buy their own copies of the book.

Please register with Becky at becky@camdenucc.org. I look forward to exploring this amazing book and its implications for our lives together with you!

Ute


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