October 20 - November 24, 2019.

The process of transformation requires openness to what is new, to what is unfamiliar, to what is larger than we thought we could be, and to what is different than we thought God is. This series digs into stories exploring how transformation happens — in ourselves, and in our relationships with God and others.

Transformation requires change, openness, risk, and not-knowing. All true transformation is about something dying and something being reborn. Come explore this. When God is at work, transformation is always — always — for the good.

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The first step of transformation can be tough! Leaving home, leaving a job, leaving behind comforts or old ideas... But that's the first step. God calls us all to transform and the first step for many of us, including several notable figures from biblical stories, is to get up and leave.


The 13th c. Persian poet Rumi wrote, "Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom." This Sunday, our "Stories of Transformation" will continue with special guest Nathan Brown and the theme of grieving. Let's hold hands and step into the garden together.


Kahlil Gibran said, "God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them." The Truth we welcome into our hearts and minds and lives can transform us. The people we welcome can transform us all. We'll explore the transformative power of welcoming this Sunday. Join us. All are welcome.


This Sunday is about healing and transformation. Expect warmth and nurture and light and beauty. 

Dying and Transformation

This Sunday, we'll hear some wisdom from Barbara Brown Taylor, pick up stones, and consider Jesus' teaching about letting things that aren't helpful be changed -- and transformed.


This Sunday includes: a video from The Work of the People, a new look at the raising-of-Lazarus story, an Evanescence song, and paper cranes. Lots and lots of paper cranes.