Our faith is ever changing and growing, and we believe we must continue that journey through discovering, learning more and diving into Scripture with those around us.

SPELL Symposium

The goal of the SPELL Symposium is to establish a foundation that will support an on-going tradition of inviting teachers to Whites Chapel United Methodist Church, who are grounded in the Christian tradition that teaches the importance of spiritual practices and contemplative prayer as the foundation for experiencing the Love of God.

Belief statement: When we are centered internally by engaging in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer, our outer actions demonstrate and bear witness to this Love.

The objective of the SPELL Symposium is to develop and implement a multi-year program of speakers for the benefit of our church and community. These events will be coupled with events/activities that precede the speaking engagement as well as follow-up activities/events. SPELL seeks to gain not just knowledge through these events, but heart-felt ‘knowing’.

Outcomes:

SPELL hopes to grow a community that:
* seeks not just knowledge, but heart-felt ‘knowing’
* is grounded in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer.
* speaks to the chaotic and divisive world
* broadens the base of who we are in Christ
* believes in and expresses an inclusive message

Mirabai Starr’s “Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics”

Friday, November 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

The Bridge 

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialogue. A certified bereavement counselor, Starr helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich. She is the award-winning author of, “God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” “Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation,” and “Mother of God Similar to Fire,” a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols.

Her emphasis has always been on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in an effort to promote peace and justice. The cost is $50 for this 2-day event, $10 for students. “Wild Mercy” may be purchased in the WC Bookstore.

REGISTER FOR SPELL SYMPOSIUM WITH MIRABAI STARR

The Universal Christ

The Universal Christ, by author and spiritual guide Father Richard Rohr, draws on scripture, history and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. Rohr states: “Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ?” Participants/contemplatives will be invited to reflect on what Rohr says is a “fundamental truth, that faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us and in everyone we meet.”

The Universal Christ will be offered at three different times, all in the Center for Spiritual Care:

Tuesdays, 1:30-3 p.m, beginning September 3, 2019

Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. beginning September 4, 2019

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. beginning September 4, 2019

REGISTER FOR THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST

Loved and Loving: A Guide for Prayer

Loved and Loving: A Guide for Prayer, by authors Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Marie Schwan, CSJ, is a study with a wonderful opportunity to become grounded in the spiritual practices which open us to an awareness that God’s presence and closeness to us comes through Jesus, the Christ, God’s Son, the word who became flesh and lived among us. Bergan and Schwan invite each participant/contemplative to “feast on a rich nourishing five course dinner based on Contemplation to attain God’s love with the crowning moment centered in and on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.”

Loved and Loving: A Guide for Prayer will be offered:

Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. beginning September 5, 2019

The above two classes meet in the Center for Spiritual Care.  Books may be purchased in the WC Bookstore and a journal for recording your reflections is also needed.

REGISTER FOR LOVED AND LOVING: A GUIDE FOR PRAYER

Enneagram – Beyond the Basics

Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Evans Hall Room 2129

The enneagram is a dynamic system. Our own enneagram number is constantly in motion. For this and other reasons, it is important to deepen our understanding of the varying dynamics of each personality type (number) to fully appreciate our on-going journey of self-discovery.

This Saturday morning workshop will explore several of the dynamics which influence your number. For example, numbers adjacent to your primary number are called wings and influence your personality type. We will also explore the Directions of Integration (growth) and Disintegration (stress), as well as the three instincts: self-preservation, sexual, and social. Thus, two people with the same number can behave very differently because of these influences.

Join facilitator, Margy Gore, who has been a student of the enneagram for over 20 years. She is a certified enneagram teacher who has studied under many enneagram experts.

Handouts will be provided – no book to purchase; a light breakfast will be provided. There is no charge for the class, but donations are welcome. This class is limited to 36 participants and registration is required. Please contact Rev. Betsy Godbold with questions.

REGISTER FOR ENNEAGRAM – BEYOND THE BASICS

Evolving Faith Conference 2019

Live Webcast from the University of Denver

Friday, October 4, at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care Living Room

White’s Chapel’s Spiritual Formation Ministry invites you to join us for this live webcast. You can come and go as your schedule allows or come for all the sessions. Following each speaker, we will have a time of sharing our thoughts and reflections on the topic presented. This conference offers a rich and diverse witness to how God is working in our midst. We will provide light refreshments, or you may bring something of your own choosing. Registration is not required, there is no cost and all are welcome.

Evolving Faith Is for You
✞ Are you sorting through your faith, trying to figure out what you believe now?
✞ Do you feel as if you are in the wilderness, unable to find your way forward spiritually?
✞ Have you had your safe and tidy answers upended by life?
✞ Do you feel like you don’t belong in your church or tradition anymore?
✞ Do you want to better reimagine the role of scripture and theology?
✞ Are you searching for answers at the intersection of faith and sexuality? Justice? Scripture? Church?
✞ Do you wonder if there is still room for you in the Church?
✞ Are you at a loss as to how to act justly and love mercy in this world?
✞ Do you want to begin to reimagine, rebuild, and resurrect a faith worth living?
✞ Evolving Faith is a gathering of kindred spirits, an opportunity to learn, wrestle, worship, laugh, and commiserate as we navigate this journey through the wilderness together.

Sarah Bessey, Jeff Chu, Jen Hatmaker, Lisa Sharon Harper, Barbara Brown Taylor and an extraordinary line-up of speakers in conversations around everything from the Bible to politics to justice to human dignity and much more.

So, come as you are! Doubters and dreamers, parents and singles, pastors and church drop-outs, LGBTQ friends and Bible nerds, post-evangelicals and “happy-clappy” Pentecostals—all are welcome at the Table.

We hope you will leave feeling a little more inspired and a little less alone.

Learn more about this conference at https://www.evolvingfaithconference.com

The Spiritual Awakenings Roundtable

Welcoming New Members!
Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 8 in the Center for Spiritual Formation

The Spiritual Awakenings Roundtable challenges members to see themselves and their
faith through fresh lenses. Come join us in lively explorations that include insights from
Scripture, tradition, historical texts, contemporary writers, and renowned guest
speakers. Our interactive discussions incorporate perspectives from a wide variety of
Christian legacies and real-world experiences. Inspired by the authors who fuel our
facilitated exchange, we enjoy a circle of trust, candor, and genuine interest in the
spiritual evolution to which Christ calls us.

Past Roundtable studies have ranged from Rohr’s The Divine Dance to Palmer’s Hidden Wholeness, C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, Maddox’ Responsible Grace, Coniaris’ Philokalia, Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, McLaren’s The Road is Made by Walking, Rosling’s Factfulness, Batterson’s Whisper, and Shaia’s Heart and Mind. Our study for fall 2019 will center on Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ.

Throughout this season, we’ll continue to focus on translating the power of our interior life into effective action within both the secular world and our community of faith. Whether you’re 20 or 90, you can count on the Roundtable’s inquiries to expand the mind and energize the spirit by reflections both relevant and timely.

REGISTER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS ROUNDTABLE

Men of Prayer

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month – 7 p.m. in Room 3201

The White’s Chapel Men of Prayer (WCMOP) is a group of men that meets regularly to pray for the church and individuals within the church. They engage in intercessory prayer to minister to the church and its members. The group feels that God has invited them to participate in this activity and all have committed to pray daily for the list of needs. WCMOP also feels that intercessory prayer can be more effective than trying to pray for themselves. There is no age limit; all men are welcome. During these meetings, the men encourage one another and update the list over which they pray. The group attendance ranges from a handful to a dozen or more. WCMOP also gathers on fifth Tuesdays at various venues for fellowship. Please contact Warren Witt at 817-901-3500 for more information.

Open Hearts Support Group

Second Saturday of each month – 4 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

The Open Hearts group at White’s Chapel is an affirming support group for family, friends and members of the LGBTQIA community.  We believe that all God’s children are loved and welcomed in our church.  We meet once a month (except for July & August) on the second Saturday from 4 to 5:45 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care.  Join us to learn and find fellowship in a supportive Christian group.  Contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

Sunday Morning Worship Prayer

Sundays during the 8:20, 9:30 and 11 a.m. services

The Worship Prayer Team is comprised of individuals who commit to pray during one of the Sanctuary worship services. The team is made up of men and women of all walks of life who are willing to share one hour on Sunday morning to pray for the ministries that take place on the WC Campus. There is a room on the second floor of the Sanctuary on the south end that is dedicated for the purpose of worship prayer and provides a quiet setting and instructions to guide the participant in their time of prayer. John McKellar and Todd Renner, our Co-Pastors, stress the importance of this opportunity to be a church of prayer so we might “see revival and new life spring forth” throughout all areas of ministry here at WC. Please contact Dianne Will at 817-481-4147 to schedule your time of prayer.

Simple Presence

First Thursday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

Please join Rev. Betsy Godbold for a time of Simple Presence to experience contemplative prayer, silence and a time of sharing. You will be invited to be still and open yourself to Christ’s Spirit working in us, as we hear the psalmist plea: “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). All are welcome and registration is not required.

Spiritual Direction

By Appointment

The goal in Spiritual Direction is to increase your awareness of God’s presence in your life through a monthly, one-hour conversation with a trained Spiritual Director. Do you wish to hold yourself accountable to regular spiritual practices or wish to learn new prayer practices? Do you desire to love God more dearly, see God more clearly, follow God more nearly? White’s Chapel has several Spiritual Directors ready to join you on your journey. For more information, contact Rev. Betsy Godbold, 817-481-4147.

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Adults

Adults

Continuing in your faith is a journey and we have many classes, events and groups available to help you become more rooted in Jesus and the community.

WC Kids

WC Kids

We believe fostering a personal faith in Jesus Christ in children is one of the most important parts of being a community church. There are many ministries created for each and every age group, from nursery to sixth grade.

WC Students

WC Students

Our student program fosters an environment that helps your student (seventh through 12th grade) develop a stronger relationship with Jesus and with students in the surrounding communities.

Classic Adult Fellowship

Classic Adult Fellowship

This fun and growing group always wants to see and welcome new faces. If you’re 55 and better and enjoy getting to know new people, click here for more info.

WC Men

WC Men

Finding a community to support you is something that can help take your faith to another level! WC Men is a place for you to enjoy fellowship, missions and support.

WC Women

WC Women

Creating bonds with other women of faith can help pour encouragement into struggles, joys and other seasons of your life. Find your tribe with WC Women!

Marriage Ministry

Marriage Ministry

Connect with married and engaged couples in all age ranges to nourish your spirit, foster deeper community and discuss the joys and challenges of being a couple of faith. 

WC College & Young Adults

WC College & Young Adults

We would love to help you navigate the struggles and questions of being a young adult (18 to 35) in today’s world. There are opportunities to meet monthly, with fun social events open to all.

Single Adults

Single Adults

We have community for those walking through life on their own. We are called to live in fellowship, find your group today!

Encounter Groups

Encounter Groups

Are you looking to connect with a life-changing small group so that you can grow spiritually?

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

Our faith is ever changing and growing, and we believe we must continue that journey through discovering, learning more and diving into Scripture with those around us.

Weddings

Weddings

We would love to help you celebrate love with your wedding ceremony! Through this sacred ceremony, you enter into a covenant with God and with one another. Let us help you make a memory that will last forever.

Recreation

Recreation

Getting out and enjoying a game of softball, golf and more is just one way we like to have fun! Find out more opportunities here to get out with your church family.

Video Bible Studies

Video Bible Studies

Your place for all special classes, studies, events and other content outside of weekend worship.

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