SEEKING, LEARNING AND GROWING WITH OTHERS

A variety of opportunities throughout the week enrich our lives and our faith through learning and interaction with other seekers.  We honor each others individual spiritual journeys while sharing and growing together in Christ. We value the diverse gifts of children, teens, adults and elders, learning and growing together.  You don’t have to be a member of Atonement o participate – all are warmly invited and welcome.

SUNDAY FORUMS at 11:30 a.m. – Learning & Sharing - Our Sunday forums are at 11:30 am, after our 10 am worship and refreshments, one Sunday each month from September through June.  Next forum:  October 15 “Healing Responses to Stress and Grief.”  November 26:  “The Healing Power of Gratitude and of Nature.”  Forums coming up in 2018:  Learning about how to respond to others’  suffering, depression and mental illness.  April 8:  “Grief, Loss and Resurrection”   May 20 Pentecost:  “Mental Illness, Suicide, and Healing of the Spirit”  June 10:  “Healing Ministries:  Clergy and Lay Healers Together”

Separate series during Lent as our Diocese is in the process of electing a new Bishop:  March 11  “Why We Have Bishops”   March 18  “How we Elect and Receive Bishops”

BIBLE STUDY – 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 7:15 p.m. - We meet in Reception Room with light refreshments.  Bible Study from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  All are welcome to join us at any time; everyone participates and has something to offer and to learn!  COMING UP:  Our series on the book of THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES will continue on  March 1 and 15.  

FRIDAY MORNING BOOK GROUP- The group meets on most Friday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Reception Room. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction, with something different during Advent (Christmas short stories) and Lent (poetry, music, drama, children’s books, art). 

The mid 2017 – 2018 Friday Morning Book Group schedule…

  • June 30, 2017:  A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  • July 7:   “A Book Group Entertainment” featuring favorite novels
  • October 6:  The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
  • October 27:   Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw
  • November 10:  A Sea of Troubles by Donna Léon
  • November 17:  Poetry by W.B. Yeats
  • December 8 & 15:  Christmas mysteries by P.D. James 
  • January 12 & 19, 2018:  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • February 2 & 23:  When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • March 9:  God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson
  • March 23:  Black poets:  Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Maya Angelou & others
  • April 13:  A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 20 & 27:  “The Fire Next Time” – essays by James Baldwin
  • May 11 & 18:   The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • June 1:  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

MINI RETREATS (“QUIET DAYS”) - Mini Retreats are opportunities to delve more deeply into a Biblical text or theme of the season.  Because people have different ways of learning, we enter the story via learning, Ignatian meditation, quiet time with questions for reflection, poetry, Q&A/discussion, and an art meditation.  We end with a festive luncheon.  Scheduled in advance, on Saturdays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.  Location alternates between Atonement and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Leonia.   Sugg. donation:  $10, retreat and lunch.  Next Q Day t.b.d.

Our 2018 Lenten Quiet Day was on Saturday, March 10, 9:30 a.m.  “For God So Loved the World”.   At Atonement.  RSVP (201-568-1763) to the parish office or SIGN UP in the Reception Room.

DISCOVERY NIGHTS – Normally the first Tuesday of the month,  October – June, in the Reception Room or in the Rectory or a private home.

Designed for visitors, seekers, newcomers — and lifetime learners.  You’re invited for a casual supper, faith sharing, learning and conversation!  Supper at 7:15, DVD/Discussion at  7:45 – 8:30 p.m.  Come to all the sessions, or to the ones that most interest you.   No Disc. Night in May.

Our next Discovery Night will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018: The last session of our animated series, “Spiritual Practices”.  All are welcome, whether or not you’ve attended before.  Need more information or have any questions?  Click here – your note will be forwarded to our pastor or call the church office at 201-568-1763.

ADULT EDUCATION RETREAT – Each year at HOLY CROSS MONASTERY (Episcopal), West Park, NY, led by Dean and Lynne Weber.  Together we learn, pray with the monks, find time for rest and reflection, and enjoy delicious meals, all overlooking the Hudson River.  On Sept. 22-24, 2017 we held the retreat, “Rediscovering Grace,” which focused on the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Reformation, with its biblical, theological and historical implications for today’s Christians.   $220 includes the retreat, two nights, and all meals.  NEXT YEAR:   September 28-30, 2018.  SAVE THE DATE IN 2019, TOO:   September 26-28, 2019.

See our ECUMENICAL & INTERFAITH PAGE for opportunities to gather and grow with our friends in faith, including the Interfaith Women’s Initiative (IWI), the Tenafly Interfaith Association, the North Jersey Christian-Muslim Project, and the Interreligious Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County (IBSCBC).  

PRIVATE COUNSELING:
The Rector is available for private counseling for a variety of matters, as well as discussions about your spiritual journey.  Please contact the church office and make an appointment.  Phone  201-568-1763 or via e-mail:  rector@atonement-tenafly.org.