summer church events
This sabbatical is not just a time of renewal for Pastor Keith, but for our entire congregation. We invite you to participate in these events specifically designed to help us explore our sabbatical theme and deepen our faith. Learn more about the sabbatical here or the display in the Son Room!
Sunday, June 9th (Rain Date June 16th)
As Pastor Keith walks the Camino de Santiago, we will walk through the Wissahickon Watershed. We will be led by a guide from the Watershed and will pause along the way for readings and prayers.
Also consider walking or hiking at one of Pastor Keith’s favorite local trails: Mondauk Park, Forbidden Drive, Horsham Powerline Trail, Mt. Misery and Mt. Joy at Valley Forge National Park, the Wissahickon Watershed
DAvid Grafton, Scholar-in-Residence
Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th
Come and learn about the unique culture of southern Spain that was a blend of Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures for over 500 years and what we might learn from this.
The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton is the Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations on the faculty of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. Dr. Grafton holds a PhD in Islamic Studies, from the Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Birmingham, England, an M.Div. from Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a BA from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.
Saturday, June 29th, 9am-3pm, lunch provided
Session I: Andalusia and its unique multi-religious civilization; Session II: Andalusia and Art as a focus for multi-faith sharing; Session III: The pluralism of the United States and implications for faith-full and faith-filled relationships.
Sunday, June 30th, at 10:15am
Multi-faith families in and around the Church
Trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History
Saturday, July 20th
All ages are welcome to this field trip! We will have a guided tour and explore the question, “When have you been a stranger?” The mission of the museum is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.
Sunday, August 11th
Bring your favorite international dish to share at this all-ages potluck. We will share our different religious and cultural identities and hope to be joined by local interfaith leaders.
Suggestions for Sabbatical Activities on your Own
Watch a sunrise or sunset
Read People of the Book, a novel by Geraldine Brooks
Create a family tree of the religious identities present in your extended family
Watch the movie The Way with Martin Sheen, about the Camino de Santiago
Take a whole Sunday sabbath day off
Take a train ride or a road trip
Prepare dinner with friends or go to a restaurant with food from a different culture
Visit another church, synagogue, or mosque for services
Unplug from your phone
Share your experiences at #udlcsabbath