Have recent events — in our nation, and in our own community – caused you to really think about what you are doing with your life? In the wake of the fires, have you wanted to help with healing and rebuilding in a meaningful way, but not known what to do or where to start?
OUR AIM: The multiplication of COMPASSION in the world …and in ourselves
- Engaging in the practice of compassion as a spiritual discipline
- Positively and helpfully connecting with others, to the best in ourselves, and to the Love at the heart of the universe
- Building a community of encouragement and support to be accountable to our intentions
- Taking time for study, reflection, celebration and prayer that keeps us grounded and fuels our efforts to build a more just and compassionate world
We partner with local and global groups dedicated to relieving the human suffering of those who are stigmatized and living “on the margins” of society — the poor, the homeless, the elderly, refugees, the undocumented, and vulnerable women and children.
Way of Life is an effort to “do church” differently with people who have either not had much experience with “organized religion” before, or who have had negative experiences with it in the past.
For more information or to help pioneer this effort, contact Pastor Laurie at the church office, or come visit on a Sunday!
Five expressions of Way of Life have developed thus far:
Way of Life Worship Team — this small but mighty team of singers has been learning a variety of worship songs and anthems, and is now a regular feature of Sunday morning worship. If you like to sing or play a musical instrument, contact Pastor Laurie for an audition, as there is room for more!
Way of Life Book Club — meets twice a month (currently on Wednesday afternoons, but as we take on different titles, day/times change according to the availability of interested participants). We started with The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archibishop Desmond Tutu, and proceeded to What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell. Our third book was Rising Strong by Brene Brown. All are welcome, regardless of faith background. The group is currently on a hiatus, waiting for a “critical mass” to bubble up again. If you are interested, contact Pastor Laurie!
Stone Soup Wednesdays — an outreach for isolated and low-income seniors (although anyone is welcome). Bring a handful of something from your garden or pantry when the WCUMC kitchen opens at 11:30, and let’s make a pot of soup together for sharing with bread at noon!
Way of Life Support Group — addressing issues of grief and loss. A facilitator is ready to begin a new group if enough interested people come together; contact Pastor Laurie if you are in need of this kind of support.
Paint.Pray.Love. — explore your spirituality through an art medium. These events may occur every quarter or so. The first was a “Paint Nite” event and the second was Kindness Rocks. More info on the next rendition TBA!