Exploring Life and Faith


January 10 and 17

The Bible's Top 150 Hits - with Rev. Melissa Adzima

Join Mother Melissa to kick off the new year with an exploration of the Book of Psalms on January 10th and 17th. We’ll travel through the psalms, sharing about our most beloved verses and diving into ones that   might not be so familiar.  All are welcome to study this book of the Bible that is so integral to our faith.


ELF will be doing a series on  the second half of life starting January 24th and 31st with a discussion of the book "Falling Upward" by Richard Rohr, followed by a discussion on February 7th and 14th on the book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande.  It is not essential that all attendees have read the books, but we hope that many will.  There are a few copies of each available at the church for purchase in case someone prefers to get them that way.  Please join us.


Exploring Life and Faith - January 24 - February 21 - Thursdays 7:00 - 8:15

For this five-week series, we’ll be exploring issues of the second half of life, including the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of aging.


January 24 and 31

“Falling Upward” - a Book discussion with Rev. Debra Engquist

Many of us may think our later years are reduced to growing old, spending more hours at the doctor’s office, and finally giving up the ghost. Others may valiantly try to ‘age gracefully.’ In his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr embraces a different, more life-giving direction. Without minimizing the challenges of aging, Rohr shares his experience of aging and offers a framework that helps us understand the ways our failures and heartbreaks can awaken in us a deeper, wiser appreciation for life - an appreciation we could not experience earlier in our spiritual journey.


Explore Falling Upward with retired (and aging!) pastor, Debra Engquist. Pastor Engquist served Lutheran congregations in the Denver area for 23 years. She has practiced Centering Prayer for many years, and recently completed a two year ‘Living School’ experience with Richard Rohr through the Center for Action and Contemplation, founded by Rohr.


Participants are encouraged to read Falling Upward by Richard Rohr prior to the first session. Please don’t hesitate to come if you haven’t read the book. A few copies are available at the church office for $14.



February 7 and 14

“Being Mortal” - a book discussion with Peter Thulson and Betsy Hoover

If you hope to age well and die a good death or have concerns about parents, this is the series for you!  Basing our conversation on the book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande,  we’ll discuss how you can remain the author of your own story as your world contracts, your interactions with doctors, where you might live as you grow old, and much more.  Whether or not you have read the book, join Peter Thulson and Betsy Hoover for conversations on critical, often avoided, issues.  There are a few copies of the book available in the church office for $12.



February 21

Palliative Care - with Dr. Andy Robinson


What is palliative care and how does it fit into planning for our lives and the lives of those in our care?  Andy Robinson, a physician specializing in palliative care, will introduce us to palliative care, share a bit of his experience working with patients receiving palliative care, and lead a discussion about making medical and personal choices that align with our values and goals.  We’ll talk about both the practical and spiritual dimensions of those choices and how and to whom we communicate our wishes.



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