Sundays, 1:00 p.m.
January 16 - February 27, 2022
Love a good story? If so, you are invited to join Paul Burgmayer in a seven-week exploration of John Shea’s imaginative, challenging and thought-provoking book, Stories of God. A brilliant biblical storyteller and narrative theologian, Shea argues that we are the story God tells. Our lives are the words that come from God’s mouth. And the stories we tell one another in response are not incidental, but essential to our lives together.
Seven classes will be offered via Zoom on Sundays, January 16 to February 27 at 1:00 p.m. After the first class, we’ll spend two weeks exploring Shea’s idea that when Christian people gather, we tell stories that try to make sense of the world that God created. In the following three weeks, we’ll discuss and consider how Shea’s identification and exploration of three types of biblical stories – hope and justice, trust and freedom, and invitation and decision – help us grow in our understanding of God and our relationship with God. In our final week, we’ll “gather the graces” of the book and discuss how we might be changed by listening to these stories.
A BMPC member, Paul has a master’s degree in holistic spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction from Chestnut Hill College, and certificates in supervision of spiritual direction from Together in the Mystery and the Mercy Center in California. A retired high school chemistry teacher, Paul has an active spiritual direction and supervision practice in his home, at two local spirituality centers, and around the world via Zoom.