Renovaré (pronounced “ren-oh-var-ay” is a Latin word meaning "to be renewed”) is a process that inspires, resources, models, and advocates a life centered in God and experienced through spiritual practices. Four groups offered at various times provide lots of opportunities to find a group that works in your schedule. Beginning the week of September 10, Renovaré groups will begin a new study. Join us!
The Yellow Brick Road
WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE your spiritual life through the eyes of Dorothy, Aunt Em, and the Cowardly Lion? Join a Renovare group and you will soon have new companions as brave and curious as you are about the spiritual life that you may already be experiencing without a guide!
BEGINNING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, for 8 weeks, Renovaré groups will use William Bausch’s book, The Yellow Brick Road, to consider our own spiritual journey through an appealing, familiar storyline. Just as Ignatian lectio divina helps us lean into each character in a Scripture story and perceive what they have to teach us about our life in Christ, Bausch uses the characters from The Wizard of Oz as guides for our journey as they offer wonderful new perspectives on the spiritual life.
William J. Bausch is a natural storyteller. The book contains sixteen sets of stories wound around the characters in the Wizard of Oz. After years of service as a pastor, Bausch has been serving as an author, lecturer, consultant, and retreat director. He is the author of A World of Stories for Preachers and Teachers and Storytelling: Imagination and Faith. Through stories and rich insights, this book will enrich the most travel-weary pilgrim who picks it up.
Join A Group
Please join us for this 8-week study beginning the week of September 10. Choose a group that works with your schedule:
● Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room
(young Moms, childcare provided)
● Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel (women)
● Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel (men)
● Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 312 (women)
Get The Materials
The book is available for $20 at the Welcome Desk or in the church office. Contact Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation, at (319) 365-1494, ext. 107, firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up online below. Scholarships are available if needed.
If you would like to know more about Renovaré Spiritual Transformation Groups and how, through them, you can open yourself to God’s healing transformation in your life, please contact Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation, (319) 365-1494, extension 107 or email at email@example.com.
Renovaré teaches that “freedom comes not from the absence of restraint but from the presence of discipline. When we are on the spot, when we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, it is too late. Training in the spiritual disciplines is the God-ordained means for forming and transforming the human personality so that when we are in a crisis we can be “response-able”—able to respond appropriately.”
Each week group members are challenged with a spiritual discipline to help them concentrate on their relationship with God. What are these spiritual disciplines? They include prayer, study, rest, service, simplicity, and celebration. The Renovaré workbook describes spiritual disciplines as “an intentionally directed action by which we do what we can do in order to receive from God the ability to do what we cannot achieve by direct effort.” It is not in us, for example, to love our enemies. We might desire to love our enemies, but the strength to love our enemies is simply not within our natural abilities—we cannot do it by ourselves.
But this fact of life does not mean that we do nothing. Far from it! Instead, we choose to take up spiritual practices that we can do. We place ourselves before God to allow God to change us from the inside out—indeed, we can come to the place of truly loving—even our enemies. God graciously uses our willingness to be changed to create in us the kind of person who automatically will do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. This is true freedom.