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New in 2019! Strut on over to the Chapel for the monthly gathering of Chapel Chicks and Friends! An intergenerational gathering from the church and community, Chapel Chicks meet together monthly (September-May) for the purpose of fostering and deepening relationships. We’ll do this by sharing excellent food prepared by Chef Ken Hawi, and enjoying spiritual discussion prompted by our pastor, Rev. Rhonda Blevins. Spring 2019 will feature TED talks. Check out the topics and menus below for Spring 2019! Cost: $10 per person per event. Scholarships available! See Pastor Rhonda.


 
 
Bestselling author Anne Lamott captivates her audience in her Ted talk: “12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing.”

Bestselling author Anne Lamott captivates her audience in her Ted talk: “12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing.”

February 12, 2019, 11:30 am

THEME: Valentine’s Day

MENU: Strawberry Fields Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, Tomato Bisque Soup, and Red Velvet Cake for Dessert

Anne Lamott hooks into our common experience and guides us to an understanding infused with openness. An activist, former alcoholic and Sunday School teacher, Lamott uses humor to weave through loss, parenthood, faith and the cancer diagnosis given to her best friend, in beloved books like Bird by Bird and Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. She says, "Hope begins in the dark ... if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."

 
Brain scientists Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor describes something that changed her life in her TED talk entitled “My Stroke of Insight.”

Brain scientists Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor describes something that changed her life in her TED talk entitled “My Stroke of Insight.”

March 12, 2019, 11:30 am

THEME: St. Patrick’s Day

MENU: Greek Salad with Potato Salad and Fresh Baked Cookies for Dessert

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor's brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness ...

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the "Singin' Scientist."

 
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” presents a TED talk entitled, “Your Elusive Creative Genius.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” presents a TED talk entitled, “Your Elusive Creative Genius.”

April 9, 2019, 11:30 am

THEME: Springtime

MENU: Chef Ken’s Spring Salad with diced ham, swiss cheese, green olives, parmesan cheese, diced tomato, tossed in herb dressing, served with a side of fresh fruit

Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a pre-midlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of -- running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the mega-bestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home. 

She's a longtime magazine writer -- covering music and politics for Spin and GQ -- as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for two movies so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own tale of working at the famously raunchy bar in New York City), and Eat, Pray, Love, with the part of Gilbert played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.

In 2010, Elizabeth published Committed, a memoir exploring her ambivalent feelings about the institution of marriage. And her 2013 novel, The Signature of All Things, is "a sprawling tale of 19th century botanical exploration."

Gilbert also owns and runs the import shop Two Buttons in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

 
Dr. Kate Bowler is an author, podcaster, and theology professor. Her TEDMED talk will be released in Spring 2019.

Dr. Kate Bowler is an author, podcaster, and theology professor. Her TEDMED talk will be released in Spring 2019.

May 14, 2019, 11:30 am

THEME: May Flowers

MENU: Chicken Salad in Stuffed Tomato over Greens with Chocolate Cake Covered in Bailey’s Cream Sauce

After being diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, professor and author Kate Bowler launched a national conversation about why it feels so difficult to speak frankly about suffering. She delves into how we live and cope with pain and suffering in Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved), a NYT bestselling memoir, and in her popular podcast, Everything Happens. She is also the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, which received widespread media and academic attention as the first history of a movement based on divine promises of health, wealth, and happiness. She has appeared on NPR and The TODAY Show, as well as in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and TIME Magazine. Her work has also been praised by a wide variety of religious and political publications, from liberal print media to conservative talk radio.