“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” — Matthew 18:20

Good Shepherd provides a vareity of adult faith formation and fellowship opportunities because we know that the road to becoming a disciple of Jesus is a life-long pursuit.  Whether it is a walk in the woods, monthly book club, or pilgrimage in Spain, you can expect to find something to help you connect with God and others at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Adult Connect - November Update

Author: Scott Puthoff/Wednesday, November 10, 2021/Categories: News, Adult News

During the month of November we will welcome the teaching of Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, Professor Emerita of theology,  on the topic, Spiritual Tools for Today: Lessons from Visionary Lives.

We all want access to the wellspring of energy, wisdom, grace, and fortitude that God provides, but we don't always know how to cultivate deeper access to God's empowering goodness.  

In this four-week series we will take an enlightening contextual look at four visionary leaders of the past, to see how they drew strength, courage and inspiration.  How did they embrace a creative fidelity that changed the lives of others around them?  What tools--of reflection, discernment, integrity, simplicity, and purity of heart--can they offer us as we face new challenges today?  The four spiritual leaders will include two from prior to the Reformation and two from the late 20th century: Francis and Clare of Assisi, collaborators in a revolution of tenderness that changed the way the Gospel was understood and lived out; Dorothy Day, the 20th-century reformer who embodied simplicity, solidarity and peacemaking; and Oscar Romero, whose commitment to accompanying the poor and being a voice for the voiceless inspired millions.  Each week we will explore the life and context of one figure, appreciating the contributions of their living witness to the presence of God in their days and appropriating spiritual tools to help us face the challenges of our times.  Reflection questions for you to consider throughout the week will also be provided.

Join Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, a veteran facilitator of workshops and retreats, to explore how spiriutal practices lead to illuminating lives.  Gillian is Professor Emerita of Theology at Xavier University and the author of seven books including Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross; The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity; and Spiritual Exercises for the 21st Century: A Workbook.  She has taught church history and Christian spirituality for over 30 years and has done pastoral work in the Cincinnati area and beyond since 2005.

Adult Forum in December

Have you ever wondered why we do what we do during worship?  We have answers for you!  This December, Dr. Kevin Seal, GSLC’s Director of Worship and Music, will lead a series of three Adult Forums explaining the history, theology, and spiritual practices that have made our Sunday Liturgy what it is today.


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