Fall Dates: October 2 - November 19, 2016

Group 1: Engaging the Irresistible Revolution

Alex DiAddezio and Pastor Jeff Wells

When? Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where? Russel Chapel

What? Together we will journey through the 10th anniversary edition of Irresistible Revolution by activist and author Shane Claiborne. He calls himself an “ordinary radical,” seeking to “get to the root” of what it means to follow Jesus’ example of radical love. Claiborne challenges us to drop old labels and categories and think anew about what it means to be a Christian. As he writes in the introduction, “Thankfully, there is a movement of ordinary radicals sweeping the land, and ordinary people are choosing to live in radical new ways. So this is a book for ordinary radicals, not for saints who think they have a monopoly on ‘radical’ and not for normal people who are satisfied with the way things are.” The book is a series of compelling stories, examples, fascinating characters, and experiences. Join us for seven weeks of conversation about "a new kind of Christianity and a new kind of revolution.” Sign up here


Group 2: Choir Small Group

Jorge Lockward, Katie Reimer, and Daniel Knox

When and where?

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:45pm-8:15pm (Russell Chapel) and Sundays, 9:30am-10:15am (Sanctuary). Participants lead in the Sunday worship service 10:30am-noon.

What? The one who sings…prays twice*. Not your regular church choir, this small group explores and engages the spiritualities behind the music we sing in worship and the communities that gave them birth. Sight-singing and vocal technique will be built into each rehearsal. Join us

*Attributed to St. Augustine


Group 3: Together in Prayer Group

Anne Hughes-Hinnen, Louise Fawcett, and Martha Chapman

When? Thursdays, noon-12:45pm

Where? Via call-in (call-in information provided upon sign-up)

What? Together in Prayer offers the opportunity to meet via phone from wherever we may be! What a way to reconnect with our church family midday, midweek! We are a small group who join together, to pray together and build our relationships with others in the Church of the Village. Each week, we first check in with each other and share our gratitude and prayer concerns. One of us then leads in a 5-10-minute meditation (usually a short reading of inspiration), followed by a few minutes of reflection. We then pray together, as one of us leads us in prayer, and others then add more prayer if they so choose. We invite more people of COTV to join us!

Group 5: Agape Sangha Group: Mindfulness 101 – The Basics of Mindfulness Meditation                       

Larry Thomas and Alex Mason

When? Sundays, 9:30am-10:15am Note: Sunday, November 11: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Where? Russel Chapel

What? For seven weeks, we’ll take an introductory look at mindfulness meditation to bring us into the here and now of God’s existence. Each week by focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness meditation (the breath, body, emotions, thinking, mind) we will go step-by-step toward developing mindfulness as a means of gaining access to our inner world of emotions and spirituality, with the aim of dealing more skillfully with whatever life brings. Please join us on this mindful adventure; no meditation experience required.

Group 4: Transcending Gender and Sexuality Group

Jay Simanovich and Pastor Elyse Ambrose

When? Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where? Cadman Lounge

What? Through community discussions of modern articles on the movement for Christian “Religious Rights” against transgender people alongside Changing Ones (a text that analyzes the spiritual role of trans people in native North America), we will engage in dialogue around historical and social development of genders and sexualities through the church and expand our concept of human diversity. The goal is to be transformed, liberated, and reborn together in our discussion of our own spiritual embodiment of gender while understanding the experience of those ostracized for their gender identities and sexuality in the church today. 

*People of all identities are welcomed and encouraged to join. We are looking to create a safe, diverse, and inclusive space for many perspectives.