FROM BRIAN GINGRICH
Dear Epiphany -
Youth Spiritual Formation
The next REYG (the â€œRavenswood Epiphany Youth Groupâ€) gathering will be on Friday, October 12th. We will continue with our Hunger Games theme for the fall. Last Friday, the youth group met to learn some archery, have dinner, and discuss the ways our larger culture divides us up into different â€œdistricts,â€ (social groups). While looking at Galatians 3:28, they learned that in Godâ€™s eyes we are are simply seen for who we are: Godâ€™s children. The October 12th meeting begins at 6 PM and will meet at Ravenswood UCC. Dinner will be served.
The new Confirmation class begins next month, and will be meeting twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 7-9 PM. The October meetings will be on Wed. October 10th and Wed. October 24th at Epiphany UCC. The meetings in November will take place at Ravenswood UCC. This two year confirmation process will have 8-10 students, with an emphasis on understanding the Bible during the first year of the journey.
Theology on tap article
Theology on Tap will begin its new year with a reading by the philosopher and raconteur Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) on whom he believes to be the true founder of Christianity: the Apostle Paul. Theology on Tap will meet on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 PM for beer and food at Black Rock Pub and Grill (3614 N Damen Ave), with the study beginning at 7 PM. Childcare will be provided at the church. This will be a tie-in to the study of Paul which Pastor Kevin will lead beginning on September 23rd, though one need not plan to be involved in that study in order to enjoy, question, or struggle with Nietzscheâ€™s scathing critique of Paul and Christianity. The article is available for download at this page.
Hands of Peace
The ten-year-old "Hands of Peace" program brings together israeli and Palestinian teenagers with American youth for two-and-a-half weeks in Chicago every summer. Founded by Gretchen Grad, a member of Glenfiew Community United Church of Christ in suburban Chicago, Hands of Peace seeks to help build bridges among young people on both sides of Iraeli-Palestinian conflict.
The inpiration for Hand of Peace came to Gretchen in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Destressed by the climate of hostility, fear, and misunderstanding, she came up with the idea of fringing together Iseraeli, Palestinian, and American teens. Her pastor, Rev. Howard Roberts, "was immediately behind it," Gretchen says. Jewish and Muslim congreations added their support and in 2003, 21 teens gathered in Chicago for the first hand of Peace summer program.
The heart of the program is dialogue. During 14 dialogue sessions, the youthful participantsâ€”who call themselves "Hands"â€”discuss issues related to the Mideast conflict. They choose the topics and set the ground rules. That can lead to explosive discussions, which may even provoke tears. But, in the process, participants come to see beyond the stereotypes they have inherited. After hearing a Palestinian participant recount a checkpoint confrontation with Israeli soldiers, an Israeli teen named Ilor exclaimed, "That was the moment I understood how powerful the program is. From that point on, I was not Israeli. I was Ilor."
While much of the funding for Hands of Peace comes from the Glenview UCC community, we support this program too, with our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing and Our Church's Wider Mission.
Youth Spiritual Formation
Our Fall Youth Kick-off Event (7th grade through 12th grade) with Ravenswood UCC has been set for Friday evening, September 14th. Parents and youth: please mark this date in your calendars.
New Membership classes
Hereâ€™s your chance to spend time with your Epiphany family in the woods near a private beach. Cost for 2 nights includes: Friday and Saturday nights, 5 Meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner). Price is $143 for adults, $17-$117 for kids depending on age. There is a sign-up and information table downstairs if you have questions. The deadline to register is July 1 and the full payment for the trip is due by July 8.