September 17, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education hour at 11:00am — following the 9:30am service and coffee

Sundays Year-Round, 11:00am-12:00pm

Open Space takes place most Sunday mornings in the Main Sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church. All are invited to attend and listen, participate, learn, grow, and share as we develop a stronger sense of our individual faith and also who we are as a community of believers in our world today. Topics range from biblical study to current events, social issues, and information session about local organizations. Open Space is a safe environment where all questions and viewpoints have the right to be heard respectfully.

Open Space: Fall 2023 Schedule

Much of the fall will be devoted to exploring Pastor Mark Brocker’s published book on faith and ecology entitled Coming Home to Earth. We will kick off the adult class with one session on September 17th titled “Same and Different.” The Eco Social Justice Committee will help facilitate. The time will be spent exploring our similarities and differences as St. James members. The goal is to discover the richness of our congregation and how what we have in common is just as important as what makes us different.

Calendar for the fall is as follows:

September 17th: Same and Different — What do we have in common at St. James and where do we find differences?

September 24th: Begin the Coming Home to Earth series with Pastor Mark Brocker

October 1st: Coming Home to Earth: Loss of Love for Earth

October 8th: Coming Home to Earth: Grieving with Earth

October 15th: Coming Home to Earth: The Things that Make for Peace

October 22nd: Endowment Luncheon

October 29th: Reformation Themes

November 5th: Coming Home to Earth: Conversion to Earth

November 12th: Coming Home to Earth: Taking Up Our Ecological Cross

November 19th: Guided Imagery of Oregon History

November 26th: Coming Home to Earth: Final Session