Christian Formation


Our next read is “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong and we will meet on Wednesday, September 11 at noon. Bring a lunch and a friend. All are welcome.

One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha—now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.

Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.

The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up “compassion for yourself,” mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.


CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Information about the upcoming season will be forthcoming.


On July 14, at 9:00 a.m. Nicci Beeck will begin facilitating an Adult Formation course at St. Lukes. Participants will spend six weeks using a tool from monastic spirituality and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist to develop their own person Rule of Life.

Classes will take place in the Canterbury Room on Sundays, 9 to 9:45 a.m. All materials will be provided.


 Wednesday, 1:30 pm (October through June)

The lectionary group takes an in-depth look at the upcoming Sunday scriptures, including looking at the history and theology of a given passage. Needless to say, that makes listening to the sermon on Sunday a much more rewarding experience. This class isn’t sequential, so feel free to drop in on any Wednesday.

Exploring Our Faith: Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study

The group meets at 10 am on Thursday mornings and is currently studying the New Testament.

If you need further information, please contact Barb.