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.  Watch for notices of upcoming forums.  

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  September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19.  Commentaries may be ordered (although not required) by contacting the Rector or parish office.  

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 2017 Friday Morning Book Group schedule…

  • January 13:  Hippolytus by Euripides
  • February 3:  The Bacchae by Euripides
  • February 17 & 24:  Two short stories each day by Alice Munro from her collection, “Too Much Happiness”
  • March 10:  President Barack Obama’s Eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, 2016
  • March 17, 23 and April 7:  Poetry and music focusing on the Virgin Mary, leading up to, and following our “Lenten Meditations” on Sunday, March 26 observing the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25)
  • April 28:  Splinterlands by John Feffer
  • May 12 & 19:  Headlong by Michael Frayn
  • June 2 & 9:  Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • June 30 & July 7:  A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, and a “Book Group Entertainment” featuring favorite novels
  • September 8 & 15:  The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope  

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.

Our most recent Quiet Day, “Listen to Him?” was held on Saturday, August 6, 2017 at All Saints, Leonia.  The date of our next Quiet Day is T.B.D.  RSVP (201-568-1763) to the parish office or SIGN UP in the Reception Room.

DISCOVERY NIGHTS – Second Tuesday of the month, or other designated Tuesday, October – June, in the Reception Room or in a private home.

Designed for visitors, seekers, newcomers — and lifetime learners.  You’re invited for light refreshments, faith sharing, learning and conversation!  Supper at 7:15, DVD/Discussion  7:45 – 8:30 p.m.  Come to all the sessions, or to the ones that most interest you.  Especially recommended for those interested in learning more about Christianity and the Episcopal Church, but open to everyone!

Our next Discovery Night will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.:  Casual supper.  At 7:45 p.m.:  Beginning a series, “Animate Faith – Practices”.  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 – Our SEVENTH Annual Adult Education Retreat for men and women, will be held at HOLY CROSS MONASTERY (Episcopal), West Park, NY, September 22-24, 2017.   Together we learn, pray with the monks, find time for rest and reflection, and enjoy delicious meals, all overlooking the Hudson River.  “Rediscovering Grace” will focus 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.  REGISTRATION CLOSED. 

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.