Get Rooted and Grow at GSP!
We believe that a faith journey in the Christian tradition is a lifelong process of learning and experience in a community of all ages and all generations. We welcome and encourage everyone to participate in the wide range of opportunities to get rooted and grow at GSP!
Amy Cormode , Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Catherine Penn Williams , Adult Spiritual Formation Team

Dia de Los Muertos: It's a GSP Tradition!

Don't miss Douglass Truth's
critically acclaimed solo show,
An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself

An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself
Final performance is Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 pm in McBride Hall
Donation of $10 suggested • A reception will follow the performance

An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself is a one-woman show about Dorothy, a middle-aged waitress who meets Death in a bar, and 49 days later, replaces him. After a bad day on the cafeteria line, Dorothy goes into a bar where she meets Tod, who turns out to be the Grim Reaper. In the course of an understated, unpretentious, poignant and tender, droll and massively ambitious performance, Dorothy helps her audience relate to death without flinching and with abundant amusement. Douglass has been called "the love-child of Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray" and this work has been described as "funny, engrossing, heretical, beautiful." One audience member noted, "So glad I was able to witness this amazingly hilarious, poignant, insightful performance. Who knew that Death Herself would turn out to be so life-affirming?"

This production, appropriate for all ages, has played to audiences nationwide with notable performances in California (winner of 2017 Best of Nugget Fringe Festival), New York City, Arizona, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Warning: everyone who sees this show will someday die.

Check out the trailer for the show below. Contact Catherine Penn Williams here if you have any questions.
Programs for Children,Youth & Families
(& Everyone Else)
Youth Summer Mission Trip
Informational Meeting for Parents and Youth!
Sunday, November 5 at 11:45 am in the Weeks Room
This is for youth entering 9th grade and up.

Stay connected!
Check out the new website
just for GSP Children, Youth
and Families here !
Programs for Children & Youth
on Sunday Mornings

Nursery care and children and youth spiritual formation classes are all located in the Education Center, below the sanctuary.

Nursery care is available from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm for children ages 3 and under and is located in the Theresa of Avila Room.

At 10 am we are now offering two classes for children:
  • Preschool through 2nd grade meet in the Mary of Bethany room 
  • 3rd through 5th grade meet in the St. Nicholas room

Middle School/High School Youth Group will meet this semester each Sunday after the worship service from 11:45-1pm.
Calling All Grandparent Types!

Our preK-2nd team is good but we really need more nursery volunteers. Calling all grandparent types whose grandkids might live far away or are grown! Consider joining the nursery team once every six weeks for the chance to love our our tiniest members. We have several babies currently who would be grateful recipients of your loving care!

If you are feeling a pull to be involved, please get in touch with Amy Cormode .
Sundays for Adults at 9:00 am
Have an idea for a class or group? Would you like to present a class
for Adult Spiritual Formation at GSP? Please email us here .
We welcome all suggestions!
Exploring Today’s Lectionary
Sunday, November 5 at 9:00 am
in the Bloom Room

One Sunday a month we provide an opportunity to discuss the Bible readings for that day in more depth in a small group setting. Come join us for a thoughtful and always lively conversation about scripture.

Steve Williams will facilitate this month's discussion. Steve is involved in a multitude of ministries at GSP and is the coordinator of the Transportation Ministry.

Christianity of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
2 Sundays, November 12 & 19 at 9:00 am in the Bloom Room

In this two-part class, we will explore and discuss the approaches to Christianity of two of Russia's greatest writers. Both authors were devout Christians, albeit with differing conceptions of religion and it's significance. Part 1 will focus on Dostoevsky, Russia's grand prince of psychology, and Part 2 on Tolstoy, Russia's literary grandfather.

Anton Faynberg is an itinerant scholar, part-time philosopher, half-time musician, full-time jester. His interests include literature, poetry, music, and religion. He loves the warmth.

Sundays for Adults at 11:45 am
A Great Cloud of Witnesses:
Holy Women, Holy Men
in the 20th Century
Sunday, November 5 at 11:45 am
in the Bloom Room

In Christian language throughout the ages, “saint” has referred to individuals who have been identified as “chosen vessels of [God’s] grace and the lights of the world in their generations” by the Church and their peers. Did you know The Episcopal Church commemorates the lives of many ordinary “saints” who, like us, lived in contemporary times? Join us for this multimedia presentation on some of these men and women whose lives are remembered by the Church for their extraordinary witness to the Gospel of Christ.

Catherine Penn Williams is a frequent presenter and group leader for adult classes on matters of spirituality and psychology.
Sermons on Tap
Sunday, November 19 at 11:45 am
in the Bloom Room

Ever leave worship on Sunday and wish you could talk about the sermon with others? Why not join like-minded folks for an open discussion of the day's sermon over beer and sandwiches? This group is for anyone with a desire to connect more deeply with others and a willingness to explore their own questions about how we live into the "good news" as preached at GSP. The setting will be informal and relaxed. No need to register, come anytime. All are welcome! Beer, iced tea, and snacks will be available. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of lunch.

Facilitated by Brian Arthur , a member of the Adult Spiritual Formation team.
Third Friday Fall Film Series
Third Friday Fall Film Series:
Stories of Reconciliation, Redemption & Hope

"If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive." –Mother Teresa

The Straight Story (1999)
Friday, November 17 at 6:30 pm in the Bloom Room

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (portrayed by the Oscar-nominated Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey. Based on a true story and directed by David Lynch, The Straight Story is a heartwarming and poignant drama chronicling Alvin's six-week odyssey and the many lives he touches along the way. "A celestial piece of Americana." —Entertainment Weekly

Hosts Jim Franks, Steve Williams and Catherine Penn Williams are all film buffs.
Understanding Scripture
Bible Workbench
Every Thursday beginning Nov 2 at 10:30 am in the Bloom Room

Beginning November 2, Fr Richard Mallory will offer a lectionary Bible study every Thursday morning. The class will utilize study guides prepared by the editors of the Bible Workbench (BW), a program that Fr Richard describes as “the best lectionary curriculum I have discovered.” Besides providing a solid approach from biblical studies in general, BW offers a depth psychological take on the passage at hand.

We encourage you to attend the first meeting to get a taste of what's in store and to help you decide if this group is for you. No registration is necessary.

Fr Richard Mallory is the Associate Rector at Grace St Paul’s.
Bible Women
2 Fridays, November 3 & 17 from 10:30-11:30 am in the Weeks Room

What do the voices of women in scripture have to say to us about our own lives, regardless of our gender? This class studies the Bible through the words of women in the Old and New Testaments. The focus is on actual scripture and its contexts; an optional text, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman is available through Amazon.

The group meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Friday. All are welcome.

For more information contact Vicki Stefani at 520-743-3978.
Small Group Discussions
Dream Group: Discovering God’s Forgotten Language
1st Sat of every month, Nov 4 from
10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Bloom Room

In this monthly group, we’ll support each other in understanding our dreams through the lens of the work of psychologist Carl Jung and his understanding of the human psyche. We’ll look for the ways in which our dreams form a bridge between our conscious waking self and the Self that is present in the deepest part of ourselves, a collaboration that can guide us on the path of individuation. While we are part of and sometimes use the language of a Christian community, we do not impose any doctrine or dogma on members of our group. Recommended reading: Natural Spirituality by Joyce Rockwood Hudson (revised edition) and Inner Work by Robert Johnson. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. Please email here if you have questions!

Catherine Penn Williams has been a student of her own dreams for nearly 30 years. She is a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice and an experienced group leader.
GSP Readers Group:
 What She Ate by Laura Shapiro
Friday, November 10 at 9:30 am
in the Bloom Room

Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives—social and cultural, personal and political. Food stories can be as intimate and revealing as stories of love, work, or coming-of-age. Each of the six women (Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym and Helen Gurley Brown) in this entertaining group portrait was famous in her time, and most are still famous in ours; but until now, nobody has told their lives from the point of view of the kitchen and the table. “If you want to know what makes a woman of substance, consider the substances she consumes. . . . Fascinating.” — The New York Post

For more information, please contact Vicki Stefani at 520-743-3978.
Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys
Every Monday from 10:00 am to
12:00 pm in the Bloom Rm

In this small discussion group, we focus on the many intersections between spirituality, religion, and culture. Each session stands alone and all are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Co-facilitated by Brian Arthur , Jim Franks and Catherine Penn Williams .
Saturday Java Jive:
Coffee & Conversation
Every Saturday from 8:30-11:00 am
at Epic Cafe (745 N 4th Ave, at University Blvd)

Want to meet and get to know folks in a relaxed and friendly environment? All are welcome to join this long-running motley crew that meets every Saturday morning for coffee and conversation. We never know who will show up, the topic is always up for grabs, and hilarity often ensues.

Other Programs of Interest in Tucson

Finding Peace Through Islamic Practices
A Workshop with Imam Jamal Rahman
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church (West Gallery)
$40 for entire day, lunch included
Register by November 1
Download a full flyer here .

Individuation in Times of Darkness, in Times of Light
A Conversation with Steven Joseph, MD, Jungian Analyst
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Grace St Paul’s Episcopal Church (McBride Hall)
2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ
Members: $15, Non-Members: $20 • Pre-register here

“I am asleep, my heart-soul awakens, the call of my Beloved knocks!” (Song of Songs 5:2)