Faithful Learning And Teaching Together (FLATT)
From: Pastor Lori A. Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation Upstate New York Synod <synodoffice@upstatenysynod.org>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 3:20 PM
To: Christopher Cornwell <ccornwell@gpinet.com>
Subject: Faithful Learning and Teaching Together (FLATT)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Faithful Learning And Teaching Together (FLATT)
A collective of learning opportunities to grow in faithful witness and service as we continue to notice who and how God is calling us to be.
 
 
 
Greetings of wonder and peace.
 
This mailing includes four new digital offerings and information about the monthly synod book group selections. I am particularly grateful to be able to welcome Bishop James Hazelwood to our book group in June. Bishop Hazelwood will join us for our conversation about his book Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life of Hope, Peace and Meaning.
 
The offerings launching today include:
- Learning and Practice: 41 Days on the Philippian Road to Joy
 
- Spiritual Practices: Meditation, Examen, Visio Divina
 
- Christian Community: Conversation and Learning with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together and selected Biblical readings
 
- FOR KIDS ONLY: Children’s Story Time with Bishop Macholz
 
Detailed descriptions for each course are found below. Use this link to sign up TODAY for these courses. (https://forms.gle/W98et5StmNLqBJDz5Enrollment is limited.  
 
Once you sign up you will receive more information about the class and the Zoom link for joining the sessions.
 
Please be sure to share this with others.. Enrollment is open to anyone, anywhere.
 
In three weeks I will send another email announcing additional offerings for our adventures in faithful learning together. If you have any ideas about future classes, workshops, webinars, continuing education needs or topics to explore please email me at lkochanski@upstatenysynod.org
 
 
Be well,
 
Pastor Lori Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Descriptions of Current Offerings
 
 
Learning and Practice: 41 Days on the Philippian Road to Joy
Every Tuesday morning, 11-12
Begins June 2 and meets weekly for 7 weeks
Leader: Pastor Diane Wheatley
 
SIGN UP TODAY!  Course limited to 15 (https://forms.gle/W98et5StmNLqBJDz5)
 
Paul was on house arrest, too, when he wrote this letter known as the “Joy” book. Pastor Wheatley has prepared daily devotions of ten to fifteen minutes (found on You Tube or provided as written scripts) that will help you ponder Paul’s quest for joy in the book of Philippians and apply your thoughts to life. 
Each participant commits to using the prepared devotions and joining in the Tuesday morning group conversation. The group discussion will be based on the personal experiences of the daily devotions. 
Some goals of this course include:
-practicing daily devotion as a group
-expanding our thinking 
-pondering insights 
-identifying implications and connections to daily life
 
SIGN UP for this 7 week course by completing the form found on the synod website. Once registered you will be sent the Zoom link for the sessions along with the other necessary information from the leader. There is no cost to participate. Questions? contact Pastor Lori Kochanski (lkochanski@upstatenysynod.org)
 
More about the course:
Session 1: Paul, Timothy, Philippi—and guide to devotional reading.
Session 2: Joy in our Identity as Individuals and Community (Philippians 1:1-11)
Session 3: Joy in Tough Times (Philippians 1:12-30)
Session 4: Joy in Servant Community (Philippians 2:1-14)
Session 5: Joy in Living for Jesus (Philippians 2:15-3:9)
Session 6: Joy in the Resurrection, Suffering, and Upward Climb (Phil. 3:10-4:4))
Session 7: Joy in Prayer and Perseverance (Philippians 4:5-23)
 
 
Spiritual Practices: Meditation, Examen, Visio Divina 
beginning June 3 and lasting 6 weeks
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15PM
Leader: Pastor Lori Kochanski
 
SIGN UP TODAY!  Course limited to 15 (https://forms.gle/W98et5StmNLqBJDz5)
 
Description and Invitation:
We will explore the practices of meditation, examen and visio divina. Time will be spent on learning about the practice, experiencing the practice together and discovering ways to use the practice in daily life. 
 
SIGN UP for this discussion by completing the FLATT form found on the synod website. Once registered you will be sent the Zoom link for the discussion.  Questions? contact Pastor Lori Kochanski (lkochanski@upstatenysynod.org)
 
Session One: Learning about Meditation
Session Two: Sharing our experiences and meditating together
Session Three: Learning about Examen
Session Four: Sharing our practice of examen together
Session Five: Learning about Visio Divina
Session Six: Sharing our experiences and practicing visio divina together
 
 
 
Christian Community: Conversation and Learning with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together and selected Biblical readings
Every Tuesday, 3:00-4:15
Begins June 2 and meets weekly for 6 weeks
Instructor: Pastor Gail Wolling
 
SIGN UP TODAY!  Course limited to 15 (https://forms.gle/W98et5StmNLqBJDz5)
 
The course will explore Christian community by wrestling with the experiences of judgment, confession, forgiveness, grace and sacrament balancing theory and practice, hope and challenges, saint and sinner. Our primary texts for the course will be Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together, and the Bible.
 
The word ‘community’ is used widely in our modern world with as many meanings. There is a ‘virtual’ community, a ‘cheesehead’ community, the ‘12 step’ community. Christian community, however, is formed in and by Jesus Christ, with Jesus Christ at its center.  
 
In his book, Life Together, Bonhoeffer considers the implications, responsibilities and challenges of both being an authentic community formed in Christ, and the implications for our living together as followers of Jesus.  
 
Requirements:  
- participants must have a copy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together and the Bible
  • willingness to read the assigned material and engage in conversation
  • participation in all or most of the sessions
 
SIGN UP for this 6 week course by completing the form found on the synod website. Once registered you will be sent the Zoom link for the sessions. There is no cost to participate. Questions? contact Pastor Lori Kochanski (lkochanski@upstatenysynod.org)
 
More about the course:
Session 1 Orientation and General Discussion
Session 2 Community and Judgment
Session 3 Community and Confession
Session 4 Community and Forgiveness
Session 5 Community and Grace
Session 6 Community and Sacrament
Outcomes:
 
Deeper consideration of the shape of Christian community with its particular expectations and responsibilities along with its grace.
 
Enriched experience of our gathered worship, but also potentially applying that framework to our personal spiritual lives.
 
The links between particular Biblical passages and the shape of relationship with Jesus will become clearer.
 
We begin to experience the power of Christian community in the class.
 
 
FOR KIDS ONLY: Children’s Story Time with Bishop Macholz
Thursdays, 7PM (15-20 minutes)
Six Weeks, beginning June 4
Leader: Bishop John Macholz
 
SIGN UP TODAY!  Limited to 20 families (https://forms.gle/W98et5StmNLqBJDz5)
 
Every week the bishop will share a children’s book and pair that story with scripture.
 
Intended Audience: children 10 and under, with an adult
 
SIGN UP by completing the form found on the synod website. Once registered you will be sent the Zoom link for the sessions. There is no cost to participate. Questions? contact Pastor Lori Kochanski (lkochanski@upstatenysynod.org)
 
The books we will read:
Week 1: June 4, I Love You the Purplest  Joosse, Barbara M.
 
Week 2: June 11, Woof: A Love Story Weeks, Sarah
 
Week 3: June 18, Tacky the Penguin Lester, Helen
 
Week 4: June 25, The Colors of Us Katz, Karen
 
Week 5: July 2, Don't Laugh at Me (Reading Rainbow) Seskin, Steve
 
Week 6: July 9, Night Job Hesse, Karen
 
 
 
Synod Book Group
Meets monthly via Zoom
This month we will meet on Wednesday, June 17 at 1pm
The book for June: James Hazelwood Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life Of Hope Peace and Meaning
 
This month the author, Bishop James Hazel wood, will join us for conversation about the book. Read the book and join the conversation. 
 
link for book group:
 
Looking ahead:
For all the months, a daily devotional:
The Flowing Grace of Now:
Encountering Wisdom through the Weeks of the Year
By Macrina Wiederkehr
 
July 29, 2020 Carrie Newcomer The Beautiful Not Yet: Essays, Poems and Lyrics and the music for this book found free on Spotify
 
August 26, 2020 Emily Scott For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World  The author, Pastor Emily Scott, will join us for this conversation.
 
September 30, 2020 Andrew Root The End of Youth Ministry? (Theology for the Life of the World)
 
October 14,2020 Kaitlin Curtice Native: Identifying, Belonging and Rediscovering God
 
November 18, 2020 Diane Millis Re-creating a Life:
Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story
 
December 16, 2020 Karen Gonzalez The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong
 
January 13, 2021 Sharon Salzberg Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World 
 
February 17, 2021 Luther's Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections Joseph Bocko (editor)
 
March 17, 2021 Kelly Brown Douglas Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of Jesus
 
April 21, 2021 Amy Jill Levine Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi
 
May 19, 2021 Layton Williams Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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