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Formation 5/8/2016

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Adult Formation
Conversations on Religious Diversity
Last Sunday's adult formation forum on world religions and learning about the fundamentals of Islam was a lively time that included video clips and a presentation of Islam from the Rev. Eva Cavaleri. Next week the forum will continue with our guest, Salih Sayilgan, a Muslim theologian who focuses on Muslim-Christian conversations. 
Looking for more information?
Here are various links to different videos, materials and websites used during last week's session or mentioned as places to go for further learning and understanding:
Movies about Islam:
  • Inside Mecca a documentary about Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Koran by Heart a documentary about a competition for youth who memorize the Koran.
Websites for more information about world religions:
May 15: Growth Group
On this day we hear from members of the Growth Group about initiatives for St. Dunstan's. On the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, there were over 3000 new Christians added to the community in Jerusalem. While we are not expecting that kind of number, we do hope to grow our parish by 10 families each year. Come and hear how you can be a part of this exciting time for our parish.
Children's Formation 
We only have two more weeks of Sunday morning formation before we take a summer break. This week, May 8, the children will have their last music session with Michael. During formation time they will meet in the choir room.
On May 15, the children will learn about the Day of Pentecost and celebrate the birthday of the church. Children will gather in the classrooms on the lower level. 
We then celebrate on May 22, with an all Parish Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. (using the style of our family service) followed by the Parish Picnic. It will be a great day with good food and fellowship - including a blow-up obstacle course! If you'd like to help with the festivities - please email Sue.
Youth Formation
This Sunday, May 8, youth will join the adults for a session on Islam with a special guest speaker, Salih Sayilgan. This is the second session on Religious Diversity.
Graduate Sunday  
Is anyone in your family graduating this year? That could be from high school, college, or graduate school. Please let Sue know. We plan to honor all graduates on Sunday, June 5 at both services. 
Summer is just around the corner!
Looking for a Camp or Mission Opportunity?
Camp EDOW is now open for registration!
Junior Camp - rising 4th through rising 6th graders. 
July 24-July 29, 2016.
Middle Camp - rising 7th through rising 9th graders. 
July 31- August 5, 2016.
For more information talk with Sue or visit the diocesan website here.
L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator


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