Separation to Closeness

From Separation to Closeness — The First Five Books of the Bible Speak Today

A St. Joseph Adult Formation Series - Online Via Google Meet

The fundamental human drive is for closeness with God, others and our environment. As people await the results of vaccine trials, many seek guidance on God's acting through separations to bring about even greater degrees of closeness than previously experienced. The first five books of the Bible show how God does that.

This series by our adult formation director, Dr. Dennis Sylva, will be presented online via Google Meet, Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, starting September 15, 2020. The first part will run through December 17. The second part runs January 5 through May 13.

Morning sessions will be 8:45-10 a.m. while evening sessions will run from 7-8 p.m.

If you are unable to make all the sessions, each one will start with a summary of the previous, to get you up to speed.

Register by contacting the parish office at 414-771-4626.

Tuesday Morning Sessions:

  • Sept. 15: Closeness – The Gift of God
  • Sept. 22 and Oct. 6: What Fundamentally Leads to Separation
  • Oct. 13 and 20: What Exacerbates Separation
  • Oct. 27 and Nov. 3: Stepping Forward to Step Together
  • Nov. 10 and 17: A Blessed Presence Despite a Seared Past
  • Dec. 1, 8 and 15: The Person Who Wrestled with God - and Others
  • Jan. 5, 12 and 19: Where is God?
  • Jan. 26: The Nadir: When Life Seems Irreparably Sundered
  • Feb. 2, 9 and 16: God at the Lowest Point
  • Feb. 23: Personality-Based Inclinations at the Low Point
  • March 2: The Divine Commitment to Closeness
  • March 9: Challenges to People's Commitment
  • March 16 and 23: What Compromises Fidelity
  • April 6 and 13: Not to be Doomed to Repeat the Past
  • April 20 and 27: Signposts to Closeness
  • May 4 and 11: Closeness Revived

Thursday Evening Sessions:

  • Sept. 17 and 24: Closeness – The Gift of God
  • Oct. 1 and 8: What Fundamentally Leads to Separation
  • Oct. 15 and 22: What Exacerbates Separation
  • Oct. 29 , Nov. 5 and 12: Stepping Forward to Step Together
  • Nov. 19: A Blessed Presence Despite a Seared Past
  • Dec. 3, 10 and 17: The Person Who Wrestled with God - and Others
  • Jan. 7, 14 and 21: Where is God?
  • Jan. 28: The Nadir: When Life Seems Irreparably Sundered
  • Feb. 4, 11 and 18: God at the Lowest Point
  • Feb. 25: Personality-Based Inclinations at the Low Point
  • March 4: The Divine Commitment to Closeness
  • March 11: Challenges to People's Commitment
  • March 18 and 25: What Compromises Fidelity
  • April 8 and 15: Not to be Doomed to Repeat the Past
  • April 22 and 29: Signposts to Closeness
  • May 6 and 13: Closeness Revived