Joy is a counter-intuitive match to the season of Lent with its traditional emphasis on sin and repentance. Yet, arguably, joy is our biggest challenge in a world some distance yet from the Kingdom of God.
In The Book of Joy, The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu outline eight obstacles and eight pillars of Joy. Speaking from both Christian and Buddhist perspectives, they distinguish JOY from happiness — one is rooted in the soul, the other a product of circumstance. These two men remind us that how we choose to act each day is what matters.
Each week, you will be presented with information about one of the eight obstacles and one of the eight pillars of joy. We will discuss the material. And we will close with a prayer practice. All in a short hour.
You may purchase The Book of Joy to read along, but it is not required for this Lenten journey. You can choose Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday evenings, or Sundays after worship. Weekly attendance is not obligatory, but as these spiritual giants remind us: “how we choose to act each day is what matters.”
Sundays — February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 — 11:40 am-12:40 pm
Tuesdays — February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 — 2:00-3:00 pm
Wednesdays — February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 — 7:00-8:00 pm
Week 1 — Joy versus Happiness
Week 2 — Fear, Stress, & Anxiety
Week 3 — Frustration & Anger
Week 4 — Despair
Week 5 — Suffering & Adversity
The fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.