Christian Formation



Wednesday, May 23 at noon

Population: 485 – Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry

Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485) where the local vigilante is a farmer’s wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now-after a decade away-he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Mike figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, he tells a frequently comic tale leavened with moments of heartbreaking delicacy and searing tragedy.

Tracing his calls on a map in the little firehouse, he sees “a dense, benevolent web, spun one frantic zigzag at a time” from which the story of a tiny town emerges.

All are welcome! Bring your lunch and join us for spirited conversation.  


Wednesday, April 11, at 5 pm for a light meal. 

April’s Canterbury Cinema will feature two 20-minute TED Talks that will lift your spirit with positive ways to look at other people and the world around us. The evening begins with a glass of wine or juice, homemade soup, breads, and dessert. Sign up in Clipboard Ally so we know how many to expect.

In the first TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story”, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Combining humor and stories from her life and culture she offers a fresh perspective to broaden our world.

The second TED Talk, “Celebrate What’s Right with the World”, National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones shares his emotional, personal journey that leaves the audience with an extraordinary lens of possibility and celebration with which to view the world. Through photography he discovered a way of seeing that changed his life.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks in18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics from science to business to global issues. 



 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.


(Starting Thursday, March 8, 10 am to noon)

Communication today is more challenging it seems than it has been in the past. We all are aware of people who say they are unable to talk across differences, whether of religion or politics or whatever. It seems that our inability to have civil discourse is reaching a crisis point.  

The Rev. Barb Sajna, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, is offering an opportunity to come together to explore how we can talk about challenging subjects that often divide us. The course is a Teaching Company course and is taught by a professor at York University. Each segment consists of a lecture followed by exercises to help listeners “try out” what they’ve just heard. Some of the lectures focus on the layers of communication, how the unconscious and conscious minds function, challenges to effective communication, talking to build relationships and how to handle differences and disagreement.

The class will start, Thursday March 8 from 10a to noon at St. Luke’s, 2336 Canterbury Lane, Sister Bay, 920.854.9600. The first half hour is spent listening to the professor’s presentation. Afterwards there will be time for discussion or an exercise. The course will cover two lectures each week. It will be time well-spent!  

Sajna is well-known for her classes during each Clearings winter sessions which are always popular and well-attended.