Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee and Contemplation
"One Body, One Spirit: Connected in God"
Rev'd Gretchen Rehberg, PhD
September 17, 2014
9:00 am - 11:00 am
It is common to state that the Church is the Body of Christ. St. Paul uses this imagery in his letter to the Corinthians, and reminds us that we are all the body of Christ and individually members of it. We cannot therefore say "I have no need of you." Paul also reminds us that "the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable." In the letter to the Ephesians we hear a call to "maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit." We will explore how the image of the Church as the Body of Christ can be a powerful way of understanding our own role in the Church, as well as the grounds for unity of ministry. One question to ponder is whether this image seems to be valid in the Church today, or at least whether or not it is lived and experienced as a reality of our Church life, and if not, what might need to change for us to reclaim this understanding of the Church. We will also explore how this understanding of Church as the Body of Christ can facilitate our corporate and personal prayers
Rev’d Gretchen Rehberg Short Bio:
Born in Pullman, moved away after high school and lived “in the east” for 24 years (lots of different places including overseas), then returned to “God’s country” in 2006.
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and taught at Bucknell University prior to entering ministry.
21 years of volunteer EMT/firefighter work
Ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, have earned my M.Div. and D.Min.
Currently the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston
Come enjoy spirited discussion and prayer time over a roll and a hot beverage. People of all faiths welcome! Bring a friend from another faith tradition!