Contemplation: Second Sunday in Lent

There are secret sources of courage inside of every human heart; yet courage needs to be awakened in us. The encounter with the Beautiful can bring such awakening. Courage is a spark that can become the flame of hope, lighting new and exciting pathways in what seemed to be dead, dark landscapes.

John O’Donohue, Beauty: Rediscovering the True Resources of compassion, Serenity, and Hope

Scripture: Jesus Predicts His Own Death Mark 8:31-38


Book Study: The Cost of Discipleship

Our next book study will be The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning March 5
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.beginning March 7
One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus
What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace." "Cheap grace," Bonhoeffer wrote, "is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Contemplation

The gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.

Dorothy Day



We all have made evaluations and judgments about people and experiences in our lives. Who or what needs a second gaze, a re-evaluation? What would be a compassionate response to these concerns?

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Contemplation

The shadow carries the trans-formative potential of our own wholeness. As we embrace our worldly shadow we embrace the paradox that we are both human and divine. This is expressed in the Sufi saying, “He who realized his humanness has realized his divinity.” But what is important to realize is that accepting the shadow does not mean becoming identified with it. Jung once said that you do not have a shadow but the shadow has you.

–Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, The Bond with the Beloved

Rabbi Rami Shapiro
February 21 – 25, 2018


Rabbi Rami Shapiro will be lecturing and preaching in the Raleigh area the last week of February.  There will be a book signing at Quail Ridge on February 21, lecturing at Temple Beth Or on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24, and preaching at Wake Forest Christian Church on February 25.  Our church, other organizations, and individuals have sponsored Rabbi Shapiro’s visit so that these events can be made free to the public.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD, professor of religious studies, student of the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism, and a congregational rabbi, currently directs the One River Foundation for the study of Perennial Wisdom:

Wednesday, Feb 21, 7:00 PM
Quail Ridge Books, North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd, Raleigh
Reading: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

Thursday, February 22, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Meredith College, Raleigh
Lecture: open to students only

Friday, February 23
10:00 AM - Noon

St. John's Episcopal
834 Durham Rd, Wake Forest
Clergy gathering: Exploring the Shared Insights at the Mystical Heart of All Religions
RSVP: David Griffin

7:00 - 8:30 PM
Temple Beth Or
5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh
Conversations: Religion as Language: a New Model for Understanding the World's Religions
For details contact: Rabbi Lucy H.F. Dinner

Saturday, February 24
10:30 AM - Noon
Temple Beth Or
5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh
Learning Sabbath Service: Jewish Spiritual Practice and World Spirituality with Q&A session to follow.
For details contact: Rabbi Lucy H.F. Dinner

After the service an optional box lunch can be purchased for $12.00. Lunch must be ordered and paid for in advance no later than Tuesday, February 20. For more details on the lunch and to place your order go to

1:00 - 3:30 PM
Temple Beth Or
Conversations: Perennial Wisdom and the Five Questions.
For details contact: Rabbi Lucy H.F. Dinner"

Sunday, February 25
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Wake Forest Christian Church
701 S. Main St. Wake Forest
Worship: Who do you say I am? - basic ways we humans think about God, and how to understand Jesus from a Perennial Wisdom perspective.
For details contact: David Griffin

Should you have any specific questions about this opportunity feel free to contact: Rev. Dr. David Griffin
We invite you to join us in bringing this series and others to the Raleigh area. Co-sponsors of $500 or more will be recognized in our media ads. We welcome the support of friends at any level; donations can be made via PayPal or check payable to Wake Forest Christian Church (701 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC 27588).