Neighborhood Groups Build Faith 

March 24, 2015

This Lent, nearly 80 Plymouth members have gathered in homes across Seattle and Mercer Island to meet and discuss Marcus Borg’s final book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most. A deeply personal book, Borg describes his core convictions about Christianity that emerged over the course of his life and in his career as a scholar and theologian. In our sessions, we have tackled such questions as:

  • Is God real? How do we know?
  • What is the meaning of salvation?
  • What about Jesus? What is the meaning of his death on the cross?
  • What about the Bible? In what ways can it be true without being literally true?
  • How are we to live as Christians in the 21st Century?

These conversations have led to deep sharing about our Christian faith and what it means to us personally and as a church community. Gatherings have provided a place to share a diversity of experiences and beliefs which have enriched individual understandings of what it means to live a life of faith. Our faith is deeper and our relationships with one another are enriched as a result of this small group experience. I am so grateful for insights I have received from my group throughout Lent. As Director of Faith Formation, I am thankful for the positive response to this series and to the Adult Education Board for their help to make it happen. Look for future offerings coming to a neighborhood near you! -Jennifer Castle

(Castle, Plymouth member since 2001, has worked on staff since 2005. Passionate about helping people see faith as part of their daily lives – not just Sundays – she serves as staff liaison with the Adult Education Board and is part of the faith formation team with Rev. Brandon Duran, Rosemary Hashimoto and the Mallorys. She holds a MSW from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in health and gerontology.)  



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