Participants will begin their shared journey by taking part in a 7-Day Challenge entitled Introduction to Power, Privilege, and Leadership intended to jumpstart individuals' learning and provide a common starting point for the group's time together. Then, using the digital series The Color of Compromise based on the book by the same title, authored by Jemar Tisby, the group will spend time engaging the video and print material. As the material is completed, the group will begin to determine a direction for taking action with the intent of moving the needle on racial justice, racial understanding, and racial reconciliation in our church and our community. To learn more about the The Color of Compromise video series, watch the extended trailer.The Racial Justice small group will meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7-8:30PM, beginning on August 10, 2020. Dr. Kris Albert will serve as the facilitator for this group. Sign Up
Hopefully you have heard the exciting news of Good Shepherd starting up our very own Creation Care team to support the ELCA's Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and JusticeI social statement. The ELCA social statement and our Creation Care team will be grounded in a biblical vision of God's intention for the healing and wholeness of creation. We will strive to fulfil our call and commitment to pursue wholeness and justice for creation through individual and community action, worship, learning, moral deliberation and advocacy.
You now have the opportunity to become directly engaged in this journey by signing up for the Creation Care small group. We will be meeting every other Monday beginning September 7th from 7-8:30 pm. Location details for the meetings will be determined after the small group has been formally established.
The theme for the first five sessions will focus on the Season of Creation 2020; a world-wide annual celebration centered around renewing, repairing and restoring our commitments to God, to one another and to all of creation.Group will be facilitated by Stephanie Lower. Sign Up
Beginning Wednesday, October 14, 2020 we will host a 12:00 p.m. "Midday Breath Break / Christian Mindfulness and Self-Care" from 12:00-1:00 p.m. every Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month. Each session will be a healing and inspiring respite from the world where we will explore self-care techniques that engage the mind, body, senses, and spirit. We hope this gathering is a mental and physical health-supporting, fresh approach to Christian faith practices that encourages you to pray and experience gratitude in a deep and restoring way.This group will be facilitated by Pastor Carla Christopher Wilson. Sign Up
Beginning Wednesday, October 7, 2020 we will host a 12:00 p.m. "LGBTQIA+ Lunch Bunch" from 12:00-1:00 p.m. every First and Third Wednesday of the month. This LGBTQIA+ oriented small group invites people who identify as LGBTQIA+ AND allies who would like to learn more about how to support and advocate for LGBTQIA+ individuals in the church and the world. We will explore the Bible, learn about modern vocabulary, explore services and resources, become familiar with the ELCA Lutheran organizations and social statements that support LGBTQIA+ people, and more. Specials guests will include leadership from Lancaster Pride, the Lancaster LGBTQ Coalition, and numerous area Reconciling in Christ (open and affirming) congregations.This group will be facilitated by Pastor Carla Christopher Wilson. Sign Up