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Falling Upward


Led by the Rev. Dr. Ginny Smith

Tuesday evenings, December 4, 18, January 8. 22, and February 5

6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Fireside Room


               I am so excited about meeting with people of all ages who are interested in growing spiritually and discovering how God has been and is working in their lives.  To guide us on our journey and in our conversations, we will be reading Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.  It is available on Amazon.

               In my life and ministry, I have discovered, with the help of people like Richard Rohr, that in the first half of life, we are so preoccupied with establishing our identity – climbing, achieving, performing, being who and what others want us to be – that we lose the person God created us to be in the first place.  Then we come to that point in our lives when we begin to realize that these concerns are not serving us as well as we had been led to believe they would, particularly when we are confronted by losses, challenges, mistakes, loss of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering.  We’re caught off guard and shocked out of our comfort zones.  Unfortunately, we get stuck and don’t know how to deal with what is happening in our lives, let alone know how and where God is present in all that is going on.

               If this rings true for you, or if you’re intrigued by what “falling upward” is all about, please join us at MFPC in the Fireside Room.  Perhaps you know someone who is not a member of MFPC who might also want to be a part of the conversation.  Check with them and invite them to come.


               Dates and Chapters for Discussion

December 4 – Chapter 9 – “A Second Simplicity”

December 18 – Chapter 10 – “A Bright Sadness”

January 8 – Chapter 11 – “The Shadowlands”

January 22 – Chapter 12 – “New Problems and New Directions”

February 5 – Chapter 13 – “Falling Upward” and Poem by Thomas Merton