The Opening Door

First Light — Tuesdays through November 21; 10 – 11:30 am & 7 – 8:30 pm
First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom From the creators of Living the Questions comes another great series. First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom is a 12 session DVD-based study of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God with two of the world’s leading Jesus scholars, John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, on location throughout Galilee and Jerusalem. Facilitator, Rev. Michael Grogan.

Socrates Café — Thursdays, October 19, 26; 10 am
Join with others in these popular and free-wheeling discussions on the big questions that are relevant to our lives. Using the Socratic method of questioning, facilitator Marci Woodruff, encourages sharing and a deeper understanding of important life issues. It is impossible to

Local Book Author Sharing — Wednesday, October 25; 1:30 – 3 pm
Looking for a good read with a complex plot and intriguing characters? Local author Jayne Menard will speak about her latest novel, Noble Firs. In this third volume of the Spook Hills Trilogy, former FBI agents Moll O’Leary and Brian Tovey aim to step beyond their growing fraud-detection company by developing relationships in their personal lives. However, their work with the FBI in detecting international money laundering brings them into the line of fire. Will they survive to love, have families and prosper?


Ongoing Programs

Sunday @ 10 am Contemplative Prayer and Meditation
Sit in silence and experience the Divine Presence through ancient techniques of contemplative prayer. Join facilitator, Mary Anne Flavin, and others in a beautiful library setting. All are welcome.

Mondays with Mike, Mondays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – in the Gathering Place.
Have you ever wanted to ask questions or make comments after hearing a provocative sermon? Or give suggestions for future ones? Come to a Monday morning open discussion and spend time with Pastor Mike Grogan and others. There will be opportunity for questions, follow-up and open conversation about whatever was preached the Sunday before. Drop in any Monday mornings for interesting theological discussions.

Wednesday @ 10 am — Life between Lives
Julie Otrugman and Marci Woodruff host a continuation of discussions about Dr. Michael Newton’s books: Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls. Where do souls go between lives? Past-life regressions and personal accounts suggest far-reaching possibilities.

Red Letter Bible Study, Fridays, 10 a.m. in the Gathering Place
Reverend Carl Reynolds presents a reading from Matthew of the  actual words of Jesus. “We are trying to put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples. We ask ourselves what the words mean to us, as if they were spoken to us or to someone else in our hearing. What we do about the words is up to each of us as individuals. At times we conclude we don’t know what he meant or are not sure if we want to. Our reasoning is that if we call ourselves followers of Jesus, we should know what he said even if we do not agree or understand.”

The Opening Door

is a place for people to gather and participate in positive, life enhancing activities. Partnering with community members and organizations, the Center sponsors events, classes and service projects not currently available, or affordable, for many in our community. These activities are offered at no charge to the community.

To register for these (free) events, or for more information, call 541-921-8168 or email us at  Snacks are provided.  [Note:  registration is requested so that the Center can supply the correct amount of materials and refreshments for all participants]

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