The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks


Sept 16 – Oct 14, Room 216

We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness. Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives. In her new book Grateful, cultural observer and theologian Diana Butler Bass takes on this “gratitude gap” and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude.

After introducing the current interest in gratitude on September 16, on subsequent weeks Dr. R. Charles Grant, Interim Pastor, will lead a discussion of the book Grateful.  Copies of the book will be available on the first day of class.  This study should be of interest to those seeking to develop a spiritual practice of gratitude.  

Class topics:

  • 9/16    Gratitude: a feeling or a practice?
  • 9/23    Me: Emotion – Gifts and Thanks
  • 9/30    Me: Ethics – Awareness and Practice
  • 10/7    We: Emotion – Joy and Celebration
  • 10/14  We: Ethics – Community and Politics
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