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September 2019

Monthly Reading Group: What is Eucharistic Justice?

Sunday, September 22 at 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States

The Monthly Reading Group invites Christ Church members and friends for a discussion of Fr. Samuel Torvend’s latest book, Still Hungry at the Feast: Eucharistic Justice in the Midst of Affliction. If you do not have the book, it can be purchased online at the Liturgical Press: https://litpress.org/Products/8468/Still-Hungry-at-the-Feast. Please note: It is far better to purchase from a book publisher than from Amazon. Fr. Torvend will make a few opening comments and then the floor will be open for discussion.

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October 2019

Grief Support Group

Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 pm3:30 pm
Green Room

Parishioner Amelia Carroll LMHC, CT will lead a monthly drop-in Grief Support Group. Support, guidance, and education will be offered within a non-threatening environment to those who have experienced recent losses through death or other life transitions. Enter from the Multicare parking lot through the Wells Hall door closest to K Street. There is no fee, but donations to cover the cost of materials are gratefully accepted.

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The Monastery of the Heart

Sunday, October 13 at 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States

As the number of vowed monks and nuns in Anglican and Catholic religious orders decreases, the number of lay people and parish clergy who engage in monastic spiritual practices has sky-rocketed: from young people engaged in the New Monasticism to retired persons spending time in monastic retreats. What explains this phenomenon and what might ancient monastic practices offer contemporary urban Christians?

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Monthly Reading Group

Sunday, October 27 at 6:30 pm7:30 pm
To Be Announced

The Monthly Reading Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th, to read Norman Cohn, Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come. Second edition, 2001. All who are interested are welcome to attend.

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November 2019

High Tea with Death

Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States

In this month when Christians celebrate the martyrs, confessors, and saints on All Saints (November 1), and remember their beloved dead on All Souls (November 2), Christ Church provides an opportunity for those who have experienced loss and grief to gather in a confidential and compassionate atmosphere to share their experiences. Amelia Carroll, spiritual director and dying and death expert leads this healing meeting. Friends of Christ Church members are welcome to participate in this holy conversation. PLEASE SIGN UP…

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The Gospel of Matthew and Christian Anti-Semitism

Sunday, November 10 at 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States

As hate speech and crimes against Jews and Jewish synagogues increase in the United States and Europe, it is necessary for Christians of conscience to recognize how poor interpretations of the New Testament, in particular the gospels, can be used to rationalize such horrific behavior. As we enter December, the Gospel of Matthew – both seemingly friendly and unfriendly to Jews – will be heard in our parish liturgies. How might our understanding of the context in which Matthew wrote…

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Now and at the Hour of our Death

Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 am12:00 pm
Wells Hall

Did you know that The Book of Common Prayer asks all Episcopalians to complete their funeral plans and register them with the parish? Indeed, as many of us know, such a plan is a truly loving gift to one’s family and friends and is quite helpful for the church staff in preparing vigils, funeral services, and burials or inurnments. While some think, “It doesn’t matter, do whatever you want,” it can be a considerable challenge for grieving family members to…

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Unashamedly Episcopalian

Sunday, November 24 at 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States

If you are a regular worshipper and baptized Christian at Christ Church but have not affiliated with the Episcopal Church through confirmation or reception; if you are a newcomer from a different Christian communion and are interested in joining Christ Church; if you desire to reaffirm the faith in which you were baptized; if you seek to become Christian through Holy Baptism, please join us for this initial meeting of EXPLORE, our process for entering fully into the faith and…

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December 2019

The Monastery of the Heart

Sunday, December 1 at 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States
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In this gathering, we will discuss in greater detail the everyday significance of certain monastic practices and how they nurture a deeper relationship of love with God and love for one's neighbor.

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The Birth of Jesus in Matthew and Contemporary America

Sunday, December 8 at 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Library, 310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98403 United States

In these two Sunday classes, participants will explore the surprising dimensions of Matthew’s birth narrative and how that narrative sheds light on our contemporary experience of political leadership, refugees, and child safety. We will not hear Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus during Christmas: let’s dive into it on these two Sundays! If you can, please bring your New Revised Standard Version translation of the Bible with you.

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