Jan
13
11:30 AM11:30

Saving Jesus Redux, Session 5 - Sunday Group (@ Thoreau after church)

Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is total revision of Living the Question’s popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. New contributors including Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Robin Meyers join Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, and a host of others for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today.

Session 5: Jesus’ Birth - Incarnation

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Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

Saving Jesus Redux, Session 5 - Wednesday Group (Ankeny)

Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is total revision of Living the Question’s popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. New contributors including Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Robin Meyers join Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, and a host of others for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today.

Session 5: Jesus’ Birth - Incarnation

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Jan
8
10:00 AM10:00

Saving Jesus Redux, Session 5 - Tuesday Group

Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is total revision of Living the Question’s popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. New contributors including Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Robin Meyers join Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, and a host of others for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today.

Session 5: Jesus’ Birth - Incarnation

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Jan
6
1:00 PM13:00

We are Church Confessing @ Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines

Wellspring Community Church is pleased to be leading this month’s gathering of We are Church Confessing.

WHERE: Pappajohn Sculpture Park, 1330 Grand Ave, Des Moines

WHEN: Sunday, January 6 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm

WHY:

We are church confessing.

We gather to publicly bear witness to the violence being committed against immigrant and Latino/a communities, Black communities, religious minorities of many traditions, and lgbtq peoples.

We gather to publicly confess the role of white churches, across the nation—through silence or active support—in enabling a political climate in which communities of color, religious minorities and queer people are being degraded and targeted in word and deed.

We gather to publicly commit ourselves to postures of prayerful resistance for the sake of proclaiming justice for and the dignity of all the members of this diverse civic body.

We gather to pray and confess and to bear witness to the sacredness of all human life that our spiritual and religious traditions call us to honor and protect.

We are not partisan. We are not protestors. We are church confessing.

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Dec
16
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Posada

There will be NO Sunday morning service on December 16. Join us for the Posada at 5:00pm as we look for the story of the Christ Child with the children of Wellspring.

Approximate Schedule for the evening:  5:00 - 6:15pm telling the story; 6:15 - 7:15pm  Sharing meal together in the Inn; 7:15pm Intergenerational Craft Project;  8 Closing Benediction   

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Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Nurturing Spirit in Children

What is more important than the health and well-being of our children?

You are invited to hear the stories of parents from across the spectrum of faith, including those who do not identify with a particular religious faith, about how they nurture the spiritual within their children. The panel of storytellers will be moderated by Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott, Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement, DMARC.

RSVP for childcare by October 19 (carmen.lampezeitler@gmail.com)

The event is FREE and open to all!

Sponsors:
Des Moines Area Religious Council
www.dmarcunited.org

Wellspring Community Church
www.wellspringdsm.org

Thoreau Center
www.thethoreaucenter.com

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Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

Fall Festival

Wellspring’s Annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 5:30p.m. at the Thoreau Center. Meat will be provided for dinner; please plan to bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be music, and we’ll have games and activities for the whole family. We’ll have a silent auction going on throughout the evening (no live auction). This year, proceeds from the Fall Festival will go to the Community Ministry Fund, which helps support the training and education of members of the Wellspring community for ministry among us and with the community.

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Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

Emergence: a conversation about belief, spirituality and questioning

As the world is becoming increasingly chaotic and civilizations as we know them begin to decline, order begins to take shape.  The tension we feel so deeply is the space between these two stories, one in apparent demise and the other being birthed.  Order follows chaos and vice versa.

The beliefs that supported the old may no longer help people adapt to the emerging world.  As much as we want things to stay the same we learn the universe is always in flux, always creating new.  This is certainly true of trying to understand one’s spirituality.  Who am I?  Why am I here?  As these questions emerge it appears one of three things appear:

* Some people cease embracing those old beliefs, often blaming the
religions from which they come as inadequate, irrelevant, even part of the problem.

* Some people cling to those beliefs with great fervor and maintain     
    their loyalty to the religions that produced them.

* Some hold onto the beliefs they still find meaningful and go seeking new truths and thus new belief systems.   

At Wellspring, we believe this is a conversation worth having.  Is it possible to have a dialogue surrounding something that currently does not exist?  Let’s find out!  We are meeting at the Thoreau Center, 3500 Kingman Blvd., February 25th, from 5-7 pm.  We are serving a meal and will engage in dialogue.  Please RSVP (319-530-3781) so our chef knows how much food to prepare.  
 

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