St. Peter’s Friends:

There are two interesting courses being offered this spring by the Durham- Northumberland Deanery Adult Christian Education Team that you might want to consider. Registration is limited in each, so register early. There is no cost, except for the purchase of a book in the second course outlined. Zoom is being used to make it accessible in these times. These courses are a good way to keep our minds focused on our spiritual life at a time when we are apart from each other and many of the sources of our inspiration and wisdom.

1. RedeemingtheSacredBalance–RedeemingourNature

From our Baptismal Covenant: Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the earth?
I will, with God’s help.

Durham-Northumberland Deanery Adult Christian Education Team is offering a six week study of the podcast series by David Suzuki – recorded last year – which looks at COVID 19 and the basic elements of life – fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. We will reflect on the sacred nature of our planet – on our human place in the natural world – and on how our Christian faith and our scriptures call us to live with humility, hope, gratitude, and compassion.

Course dates: Tuesdays 10 am – 11.30 am. April 27 – June 1 inclusive on Zoom

Facilitator: Susan Sheen (

Please register via email to Susan.

If there is sufficient interest, this course will be offered again in the fall on Zoom: Tuesdays 10 am – 11.30 am. October 19 – November 23. Registration in the fall.


2. FindingWisdomandJoyDuringthePandemic

Tired of Netflix and bored with yourself? Sign up for a short series of discussion groups on The Book of Joy, when we can dig into the wisdom and humour of two great contemporary spiritual giants, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. These two amazing friends give us food for thought and a love of life that they exude, despite the major challenges that life has given them. The book is a result of their meeting to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s eightieth birthday a few years ago.

This opportunity comes to you on four Friday mornings in May. Once you register, buy the book locally if you can (for instance, Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg will do curbside pick-up and offer a 15% discount to registrants), and begin to read. Each session will focus on a few short chapters that are really easy to read (especially good for those of us still having difficulty focusing). The discussion will be facilitated by Suzanne Lawson, someone who is looking forward to enjoying this book for a second time, and hearing what others might have to say about what brings meaning to them.

Dates: Fridays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 Time: 10:30 to 12 at the latest Register: Limit: 15 participants

Facilitator: Suzanne Lawson, St. Peter’s, Cobourg, will keep the conversation moving

Open to: seekers after wisdom and humour too, Anglican or not. Most of all, people who like to have meaningful conversation with others, and listen to others’ views.

What is required: Buy the book immediately. Support local businesses whenever possible. Read the short sections assigned before each session.