Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation takes place Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. following worship. Opportunities are available for all ages and come in many forms – small groups, intergenerational, and online opportunities.  Innovative leaders are constantly providing new models and resources.

Kids & Youth Art / January 8, 15, 22 / 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. / Yellow Room

Children and youth are invited to join our talented artist-in-residence, Eric Davis, as he and a team of volunteers lead students in art projects that will be used in our worship space. It is going to be a great time!

Friendship Class / January 8, 15, 22 / 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. / Fireside Room 

We will continue its study of Hinduism, the oldest faith practice on earth.  Due to the holiday interruption, the first meeting of 2023 will commence with a summary of Dr. Mark Muesse’s earlier lectures, including the Vedic tradition, caste, and the stages of life.  The class will then view Hinduism’s “Way of Action.”   Feel welcome to come to one or as many of the Friendship Class sessions as you wish.

Speaking Our Journeys / January 8, 15, 22 / 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. / Social Hall

We will be listening to stories of the faith journeys of folks who are a part of our congregation. In hearing each other’s journeys, we hope to become more reflective about our own faith journey and get to know each other better. Moderated by Linda Himes, a different person from the congregation will share each week, followed by structured small group and large group discussion.

The La Verne CoB, Justice, and It’s Relationship with the Denomination / January 8, 15, 22 / 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. / Library

The La Verne congregation with its clear focus on justice and inclusion has become something different than the majority of the Church of the Brethren.  For many years, there has been tension between the denomination and La Verne’s unwavering commitment to justice and equity.  Please join us for a three-part series about the La Verne Church and its evolving relationship with the Church of the Brethren Denomination, January 8, 15, & 22.  This three part series will provide a context for our congregation’s identity as a justice-seeking community, the factors that have helped shape who we are today, and how this can help shape our future.

January 8: Kara Evans will lead a conversation about how the denomination operates and its history of policies and polity that have been at odds with the La Verne congregation.  This presentation is a significant look at how structure, policies and polity are used to maintain power, privilege and systems of oppression like homophobia, sexism and racism within the institutional denomination.

January 15: Zandra Wagoner will lead a conversation about the La Verne congregation and our navigation of unjust denominational structure, polity and policies over the last 40+ years.  This presentation highlights how the congregation has responded to denominational violence toward marginalized communities, clarifying our deep commitment to and advocacy for justice and inclusion, and our movement toward freedom and joy.  

January 22: Carol Wise and Randy Miller will lead a final conversation about the future. What is our relationship with the denomination? Who are we moving forward given our history and inheritance?  Who do we want to be and who do we want to partner with?