New Class on the Psalms
As we move into our third month of social distancing and lack of in-person worship, many of us are wrestling with this complex and confusing situation. We vacillate between desiring to stay safe and wanting to return to life as normal. For many, this time of isolation has brought up spiritual and personal questions: Where is God in all this? Why am I struggling right now? Is it OK to be happy and praise God when so many are suffering? How can prayer honestly capture the complexity of our experience? The Psalms can be both comforting and challenging because they so blatantly express the rich expanse of the human spiritual experience. Psalms capture our highs and lows, from beautifully singing praises for God to unabashedly calling for violent retribution. To pray with the psalms, as Jesus did, is to be open to the challenging richness of the human condition and our complex, multi-layered relationship with God. In response to the challenging and complexity of life with COVID-19, Rev. Jenny Caughman will be offering a 6-week exploration of the psalms. This class, which will meet via Zoom on Mondays from 4:30-6:00 p.m., will focus on discovering ways of engaging prayerfully with psalms rather than being an intellectual study. When asked why monks pray with psalms, one choirmaster responded, “I like to think that I’m praying in the same words that Christ used.” Come, learn about praying with the psalms, as Jesus did. To register or for more information contact Jenny.