Adult Class News


For several months, the adult class has been reading the encyclical letter by Pope Francis: Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. This extraordinary book is deeply scriptural and theological. As the pope is a chemist and an astute economist, he speaks about the need to restructure our cultures and economies, in order to stem the abuse of our planetary home. If we care about the future for our children and children’s children, on a planet that is flourishing, this kind of overview is essential, and it is a remarkable document by a leader recognized by Christians around the world. I commend it to each one of you. (You can find it free on line or purchase it in the usual ways, or at Hopkins bookshop at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Burlington.) By the way, the ELCA New England synod Bishop, Jim Hazelwood, also sent a letter to all Lutheran churches to urge study of the encyclical in common with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters. The Care for Creation committee at Ascension is reading the encyclical prior to discussion about how best to follow the bishop’s advice.


Meanwhile, I commended to the adult study group Brian D. McLaren’s book We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation. Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He was the invited guest speaker at the New England synod rostered clergy meeting for two days in 2014. His books are well worth reading and also recommending to people seeking a fresh way to experience and practice faith. The adult class will decide whether to read We Make the Road by Walking, or another book as it concludes study of the encyclical. Anyone is invited on any Sunday at 9 am to gather with the group. And all ideas are welcome, as no one claims to be an expert!

     --Pr. Nancy

Published 3/23/2016

April 20, 2018


Ascension Lutheran Church

95 Allen Road

South Burlington, VT 05403




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