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February 17th Special Event SEEDS OF HOPE RETREAT 9am-2pm
Royal Oak First United Methodist

In our extremely busy culture, it can be easy to just bury and move past the suffering and carry on with “business as usual.” But what if God was inviting us to stop, consider and enter into the pain of our stories and the stories of others in a way that brings transformation – not only in us, but in the world? Join us on February 17th for a journey into the heart of lament through a day set apart for reflection, prayer, and connection through lament. Led by Bette Dickinson, this retreat will include communal learning experiences and a time of personal retreat based on her painting series on lament called "Seeds of Hope."  CLICK LINK FOR INFO & TO SIGN UP 

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February 17th Gathering
The Power of Lament 
6:30pm 6pm dinner

Evanswood Church Troy MI

Fresh off of the morning retreat Bette Dickinson will be our special guest at our 3rd Saturday gathering talking about the power of the spiritual practice of lament. We will be sharing a meal at 6:00pm so please come early. The gathering officially starts at 6:30pm. See ya there!!

March 2nd Gathering
Rediscovering Wonder Out of Suffering w/K. William Kautz
6:30pm

Evanswood Church Troy MI

The book "Milky Ways and Fireflies" was one of the most raw and revealing books I have read in a long time. We invited the author K. William Kautz to come and spend some time with our community talking about what it is like to lose two sons to tragic deaths and travel through grief, pain, and suffering to again catch glimpses of wonder again in his life. There is a podcast episode on The Open Table Collective Podcast that supplements this as well. Come join us!! 

March 16th Gathering
The Suffering of Christ: 7 Atonement Theories
6:30pm

Evanswood Church Troy MI

Did God really systematically plan to have his one and only son killed on a cross? Did God the Father abandon his Son in his most desperate time of need? Is the traditional Christian understanding and view of the sacrifice of Jesus, commonly called substitutionary atonement, the only way the crucifixion has been understood historically? During our gathering we will hear and process the 7 most historical ways the Christian church has viewed what happened on Good Friday. It will be a time of great challenge and hopefully paradigm shift. 

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