Seasonal Studies

Dive deeper into faith this Lent with one of St. James’ seasonal studies!

Women’s Lenten Study – HALT: A Spiritual Discipline for the Lenten Season

When: Wednesdays during Lent (February 21 – March 28)
Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (**Childcare will be provided**)
Where: St. James Parlor
Questions: Contact Meredith Howell

Most adults know that a child who is Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired is a prime candidate for a meltdown. When that happens, we usually we take a moment (or HALT) to recognize what’s happening and offer food, comfort or rest, knowing that children are more likely to recover when their basic needs are met. Yet, when it comes to our adult selves, we often plow through hunger, emotional upset, loneliness, or fatigue because . . . let us count the reasons: We don’t have time; we have too many commitments; we’ve got work to do.

Most of us have heard the flight attendant’s admonition that we must don our own oxygen masks before helping our children prepare for an emergency. The reason is obvious: we can’t give what we don’t have. How are we supposed to help others if we lack the energy, emotional strength, and support to do so?

The concept of HALT invites us to attend to our needs that, if left unmet, threaten to derail or deplete us. During this six-week session, we will explore what it means to engage in the practice of HALT as a spiritual discipline of self-care. Addressing topics like mind/body/spirit integration, nutrition, mindfulness, movement, and meditation, group members will identify interventions that will allow them to HALT and take corrective action when their needs are not being met.

The group will be facilitated by Stacey Dougan, an Associate Professional Counselor and health coach who has worked extensively with women around issues of wellbeing.


Wednesday Pastoral Teaching – The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

When: Wednesdays, February 21 – April 4
Time: 10:0 a.m.
Questions: Contact Rev. Dr. John Simmons



Lent Book Study – The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

When: Wednesdays, March 7 and March 14
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Questions: Contact Rev. Dr. John Simmons

All are invited to join Dr. Simmons for discussion of this important book about resolving conflicts in all kinds of contexts. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, this international bestseller helps us learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, even when war is upon us. For the Wednesday evening study, March 7’s discussion will cover pages 1-107; March 14’s discussion will cover pages 108-148. Contact Rev. Dr. Simmons to learn more about the reading schedule for Wednesday Pastoral Teaching.