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Apr
30
11:30 AM11:30

learning about immigration/refugees with Fr. Corey Brost

Join us for a light lunch as we hear from Father Corey about his work with immigrants and refugees at Viator Hospitality House. During the Easter season we are practicing being OPEN...and also practicing being good stewards of the image of God in ourselves and in others. Our education and mission focus is on immigration and refugees.

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds, final session

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

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Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds, week 3

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

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Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds week 2

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

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Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Healing Spiritual Wounds book signing

Author and minister the Rev. Carol Howard Merritt will read from her new book, Healing Spiritual Wounds, answer questions from the audience, and sign books (available for purchase) at Palatine Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 14th, at 7pm. 

All are welcome--we mean it!

 

“An amazing resource… emotionally intense, beautifully written, and courageously honest, and the exercises are just what you need. Healing Spiritual Wounds helped me.” (Brian D. McLaren)

“Written with startling honesty…Merritt’s tender prose, interesting stories, and practical, workbook-based approach make this book invaluable for those working in what Pope Francis calls ‘the field hospital’ of the church.” (Publishers Weekly)

 

Though participation and affiliation in traditional religious institutions is waning, many people still believe in God. Merritt lays out a multistage plan for moving from pain to spiritual rebirth, from recovering theological and emotional shards to recovering communal wholeness.

Merritt does not sugarcoat the wrongs institutions long seen as trustworthy have inflicted on many innocent victims. Sympathetic, understanding, and deeply positive, she offers hope and a way to help them heal and reclaim the spiritual joy that can make them whole again

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Sep
15
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Normal

For the last night of the TOP season, we'll be pondering just what is "normal" anyway? Who gets to decide? How does our understanding of scripture and our faith tradition inform what we think of as in- and out-of-bounds? Should give us plenty to think about until next summer!

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

 

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Sep
8
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

What do you do to celebrate? What do you consider cause for celebration? We'll be talking about rites of passage, traditions, and just good old fashioned parties...and what God has to do with it.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Sep
1
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Can Faith Be Fun?

As we head into the long weekend that traditionally marks the end of summer, as well as marking our appreciation for those who worked to ensure that we could have reasonable and safe working hours and conditions, let's talk about fun! Faith is serious business, and God should never be taken lightly. But can it be fun too? There's plenty of humor in scripture, and we know God to be both creative and playful, so we'll be considering how we (who are made in the image of God) can be so as well.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Aug
25
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: When the Saints Go Marching In

For all the saints...I believe in the communion of saints...she's a saint...
Many of these songs and words are often associated with funerals. And yet they are not sad. Let's talk about the saints who have gone before us, and how we celebrate and remember. Who is a saint? Where are they marching? How can we be in that number? (Hint: saints aren't just for Roman Catholics!)

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Aug
18
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: The E-word

Most of us in mainline protestant traditions have become allergic to the idea of "evangelism." The word conjures up pictures of street preachers, bible-beaters, hellfire and brimstone, tracts, and earnestly asking "are you saved?" We have ceded the word "evangelical" to a particular strain of Christian tradition that has become associated with a particular set of viewpoints. But the word actually means "messenger of good news"...aren't we all bearers of God's good news? Let's figure out how we can reclaim the E-word without the baggage.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Aug
11
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Spiritual But Not Religious....and Religious But Not Spiritual?

Somewhere around a fifth to a quarter of the American population now say they are "none" when asked about their religious affiliation...but many of those say "I'm very spiritual." What does that mean exactly? And what about those of us who are religious? 

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Aug
4
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Images of God

What does God look like? How has God been represented in art, film, and writing...and how do those portrayals affect our own image of God? The ways we talk about God can create pictures that affect our relationship with God...so let's talk about them!

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jul
28
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Doubt

Do you ever doubt? Have questions? Wonder about things you don't understand? Ask yourself, or God, what on earth is going on here or if maybe we've gotten something terribly wrong? Look for signs or answers to help you on your way? 

Doubt is a part of faith--not its opposite. So don't be shy, come out and talk about how we handle doubt even as we continue in faith.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jul
21
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Loaded Words

There are some words in both church life and in our culture that seem to carry a lot of baggage. We'll unpack that baggage tonight!

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jul
14
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Morals, Feelings, Good Deeds...What Makes a Christian?

Is the purpose of Christian faith to instill a moral compass? to make us feel good? to empower us to do good? Something else entirely? Let's talk about why Christian faith and community matters, not only from our personal experience or cultural perspective, but according to scripture and our theological tradition too.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jul
7
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Give Thanks In All Circumstances

Gratitude...is it an attitude? an action? something else? What are we grateful for, and when? what about when something bad happens? How can we practice gratitude without glossing over hard things, or invalidating grief or anger or other emotions people may experience? Join us on the patio to give thanks, and to think about thanks too.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jun
30
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Other Sheep Not Of This Fold

Jesus says he has other sheep not of this fold...who are those other sheep? How do "we" relate to "them"? What does it mean for us as Christians if Jesus is also lord of other sheepfolds? 

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jun
23
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Confession is Good for the Soul

We have a prayer of confession in our worship service every week. But...why? and what are we confessing? How else can or should we be offering our confessions? What's it all for anyway? Join us on the patio to talk about wrongs and rights, confession and forgiveness...all without any of us having to admit to anything we don't want to right now. ;-)

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jun
16
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Faith in the Midst of Mental Illness

Approximately 1 in 5 people deals with some form of mental illness at some point during the course of a year. As people of faith, how do we handle mental health issues--whether they are our own, or those of people in our family or community? the old responses of "just pray" or "look on the bright side" or "God won't give you more than you can handle" are not helpful and they are also not faithful, ultimately. Let's talk about mental illness and how we continue to have faith in the midst of it.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

TOP: Young People Today

"Kids these days!"

Who are these kids? Shat are these days? How are young people today different from young people of the past? What does it take to build an intergenerational community that looks like the kingdom of God? Come to the patio to talk about all these things and more!

 

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

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May
25
to Aug 28

Bible in 90 Days

Join us this summer as we journey through God's story from the beginning! It sounds daunting, but it's completely doable: reading about 12 pages per day, we can read the whole library of scripture over the course of just 90 days! We've even added a few catch-up days along the way so if someone gets behind, there's recovery possible! 

The thing that makes this work best is when we all do it together--so we can support each other, ask our questions, talk about what we read, and encourage one another when the going gets tough. So grab a Bible (ideally NOT a study Bible, just a regular one without too many notes) and the calendar of readings and let's read!

We'll meet together on Monday evenings at the church, from 7-8:30pm, to talk about what we've read in the past week or so. The Sunday sermons will be taken from the sections scheduled for those Sundays.

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Apr
9
to Apr 10

Enneagram Workshops with Suzanne Stabile

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This event is hosted at the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5250 Wolf Road in Western Springs, because they have a larger room to accommodate more people.

Register here!

For clergy, social workers, and mental health professionals: yes, you can submit these hours for CEUs!

For the past 20 + years, Suzanne Stabile has served as an Enneagram master and is currently one of the most sought after instructors of this ancient spiritual tool in the United States.  The work she does is designed to enhance self-knowledge, encourage spiritual growth and create new and better ways of participating in community.

Day 1--Enneagram: Know Your Number (Saturday April 9, 9am - 4pm)

The “Know Your Number” workshop is the basis for all other Enneagram work.  KNOW YOUR NUMBER is a foundational course and is the first step in working with the Enneagram.  In this workshop, Suzanne Stabile introduces the nine Enneagram types:

 1- Perfectionist, 2- Giver/Helper, 3- Performer/Achiever, 4- Romantic/Individualist, 5- Observer/Investigator, 6- Devil’s Advocate/Questioner, 7- Epicure/Enthusiast, 8- Boss/Challenger, 9- Mediator/Peacemaker

Each personality type is reviewed in detail, including an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the Types, and the likely interpersonal challenges that may be involved in an unhealthy expression of the Type.  This workshop is intended for those who want to discover their number, those who are still unsure about their number, and also those who need a refresher.

Day 2--Enneagram: Wings, Stress, and Security (Sunday April 10, 1 - 5pm)

One of the great mysteries of the Enneagram is that it is true but not static.  The movement on the Enneagram has to do with WINGS (the number on either side of your number), STRESS (the number that influences you in times of great stress) and SECURITY (the number that is available to you when you are feeling secure and somewhat at peace.  Of course all of these moves within the system have an effect on your personality.  This is the workshop that names your secondary fears and desires, identifies again the motivation that determines your choices and offers choices that can lead to transformed behavior.

If you want to live in ways that are more honoring of who you are in the truest sense of your personhood it is important that you are aware of the predictable, habitual, patterned motives that are associated with your Enneagram number.  It is true that we cannot change what we don’t acknowledge.

 

Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought after speaker and teacher, known for her engaging laugh, personal vulnerability and creative approach to Enneagram instruction.

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that identifies Nine Personality Types that are expressed individually and in relationship to others. Unlike Marston’s DiSC™ Assessment or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™, the Enneagram acts as a unique tool for understanding and explaining human behavior, and the underlying motivations that drive behavior and the gifts we all have for the transformation of non-productive encounters with others.

As an internationally recognized Enneagram Master, Suzanne has conducted over 500 Enneagram workshops over the past 25 years. She has spoken to College audiences that include Baylor and Drury Universities, Hendrix College, Perkins School of Theology (SMU) and Brite Divinity School (TCU), hundreds of churches across America including First Baptist, Austin, Frist Presbyterian, and Broadway Baptist, Ft. Worth, TX and teaches regularly in the Baylor Health Care System, in Dallas, in both the Cancer and Transplant Hospitals.

Additionally, she has taught at Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation and has been a keynote speaker for a number of Conferences offered by the CAC.  She taught with Father Rohr to an international audience in Assisi, Italy, on The Enneagram and Paradox. Other events Suzanne has spoken at include The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Christianity 21, The Festival of Courage and Faith in Greenwich CT, the Emerging Christianity and Telemachus Conferences, the Southwest Regional Gathering of the Disciples of Christ, and Laity Lodge.

Suzanne received her B.S. in Social Sciences from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she also completed additional graduate work in the Schools of Sociology and Theology. She has served as a high school professor, the first women’s basketball coach at SMU after Title IX, and as the founding Director of Shared Housing, a social service agency in Dallas.

When she is not on the road teaching and lecturing, Suzanne is at home in Dallas, Texas with her husband Rev. Joseph Stabile, a United Methodist pastor with whom she co-founded Life in the Trinity Ministry (www.lifeinthetrinityministry.com) and the Micah Center. She is the mother of four children and grandmother of six.

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