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3-week discussion series
starting January 20

Jan. 20, 27 & Feb. 3, 2020
6:30-8:30 PM

St. John’s Lutheran Church
Knoxville, Tennessee

With Inc. is hosting a three-week series called Seasons in the Life of Faith that will be an opportunity to explore questions about God that you might hesitate to bring up in other settings. Each session will include small group teaching and discussion. The group will be limited to 15 people to make it a safe environment where everyone will have an opportunity to share if they choose.

Who Is This For?

The Seasons in the Life of Faith series is for people who have questions or doubts about their faith and want to talk about their thoughts and experiences without being judged or rejected.
Many people who’ve grown up in a local church have questions about God and themselves that they’re afraid to voice aloud. When they do risk enough to share, instead of being met with curiosity and compassion, they’re often ostracized and warned by well-meaning Believers. This experience only leads to further struggle and isolation.
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Perhaps you can relate to some of these things:

  • All my life I’ve been told how to act and what to believe. Now I’m questioning a lot of that, and I’m not sure where I stand.
  • I’m angry at God and have doubts about His goodness – how could He allow these things to happen?
  • I feel like I’m having a crisis of faith. I used to be so confident about my beliefs, but now I’m questioning everything.
  • I keep hearing words like “deconstruction” or “untethered,” and they seem to resonate with where I’m at in my faith journey.
  • I’m in a church leadership position, so I feel pressured to always know the right answer. But in reality I struggle with some of the same doubts that I hear from those I lead.
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A common assumption is that questions about God or church tradition are bad and indicate lack of faith. But we agree with Ruth Haley Barton, who says that we need to pay attention to the things that make us feel uneasy. At With, we’ve seen that when we explore and work through our questions and faith struggles, it can actually lead us deeper into the heart of God.

The Experience

We’ll start each session with some interactive teaching based on the focus for that week. Then we’ll have plenty of time for discussion, sharing stories, and questions. This series is not meant to be a ‘fix’ or final source of clarity, but we hope the experience will help you move a little further along on your faith journey. Most importantly, you will know that you’re not alone. It can be very freeing to finally discuss doubts, questions, and fears in the open, especially if you’ve previously felt unheard, unseen, or too afraid to say anything. We hope you’ll join us!
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Your Discussion Leader

Beth Wayland

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Beth calls Knoxville, Tennessee home. She has worked in ministry settings for 21 years. In 2012 Beth graduated from Richmont Graduate University with her MA in Counseling. She specializes in spiritual direction and loves looking at what Scripture has to say about caring for our souls and relating to and with one another.

The Details

We’re limiting the group to 15 in order to be able to create a safe environment where everyone can have an opportunity to share if they choose.

St. John’s Lutheran Church
544 N Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
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Event fee: $40 for all three sessions
You can register below using credit/debit card or e-check. Payments are processed by Stripe. Registrations are non-refundable. All materials are included.

If you have any questions click here to email Beth.

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