Spiritual Formation

by | Mar 11, 2021

Prayer Pods 2021

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

FCC’s  Spiritual Formation Team has chosen Richard Rohr’s 2011 book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, for this year’s book for study and reflection in prayer pods. Falling Upward explores the ways in which we develop our spiritual selves throughout our early lives and build the “container” for the second half of life. As he explains, the two stages are not necessarily chronological, but depend on what we have experienced in our spiritual journeys. As Jim Finley, author of The Contemplative Heart, shares in his review, “We begin to see, as we grow older, we are being awakened to deep, simple, and mysterious things we simply could not see when we were younger.” 

The book is available in most formats, paper and hardback, audible, ebook, etc. Sources include Tsunami Books in Eugene, Amazon Books, and other used and new bookstores in Eugene and online. Please let us know if you need help locating a copy.

The church will provide a study guide and suggestions for experiential exercises to each prayer pod.

Click HERE to watch Fr. Rohr’s discussion of Falling Upward on YouTube.

About Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (www.cac.org) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy–practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love.

He has been a featured essayist on NPR’s “This I Believe,” a guest of Mehmet Oz on the Oprah and Friends radio show, and a guest of Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday. Fr. Richard was one of several spiritual leaders featured in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie and was included in Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2013. He has given presentations with spiritual leaders such as Rob Bell, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joan Chittister, Shane Claiborne, James Finley, Laurence Freeman, Thomas Keating, Ronald Rolheiser, Jim Wallis, and the Dalai Lama.

Source: Amazon.com

“Spring and Summer 2021 for the Heart of Eugene will focus on the important work of processing grief and our mission of strengthening relationships we have with one another, with God, and the world. I am thankful for the positive swirl of energy flowing through the Spiritual Formation Team as they develop activities for all ages.”

Rev. April Oristano

Co-Pastor, First Christian Church Eugene

Seasons of New Life

Pentecost can seem disconnected from Easter, coming as it does seven weeks later. But it’s not disconnected this year!

Current events, social traumas, an ongoing pandemic, and First Christian’s own uncertain future have us grieving and hoping for something more, something better, something that carries resurrection hope.

Join us for Part 2 in our series with local speaker, teacher, and author Mary Sharon Moore to explore the harder work of Easter, and the invitation of Pentecost in this season of new life.

Mary Sharon combines deep insight with a light touch. Her questions for reflection and conversation provide a compass as we move forward as Christian community in the heart of Eugene.

Sign up for this special evening, download your event journal, and mark your calendar now for Tuesday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m.

“Where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I, in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18: 20

"Grief is not to be feared! ... Grief is a messenger, come to guide us forward." -Mary Sharon Moore

Mary Sharon Moore is a nationally known teacher, writer, and evangelizing storyteller. She has a master’s degree in theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology (Berkeley), with a focus on liturgical spirituality. In her spiritual direction practice she guides individuals through the journey from dying to receiving new life. 
Mary Sharon is the author of ten books and numerous articles. Her inspirational spoken-word tracks are on her artist page at Spotify.
Her website is marysharonmoore.com. She makes her home in Eugene.

Seasons of Grief Seasons of New Life 3.23.21

Click here to view the recording of this event via Youtube.

Do you have ideas for Spiritual Formation events, books, etc.? Email Spiritual Formation Chair, Karen Duncan by clicking HERE.