Join us as we grow in fellowship and continue our lifelong journey of learning.  Small groups are available on a variety of topics and at several meeting times.

Sunday Morning Small Groups

(Beginning September 21)

7:45 am, Church House Library
The Early Bird Bible study continues to meet at 7:45am in the Church House Library.  This Fall we will be continue to discuss the ways in which the prophetic gift is portrayed in Scripture and how that impacts our lives of faith today.  This group is very flexible so come when you are able!  We end in time for the 9am worship service in the Chapel.

9:00 am, Church House Parlor
Science and religion have been in apparent conflict since at least the time of Galileo. This conflict continues to show up in the news. In this six-week series we will explore the apparent conflict between science and religion, beginning the first week with a discussion of the nature and source of the conflict. The next week we will discuss approaches to resolving the conflict and reconciling the differences. This will be followed by four sessions on the challenges to religion posed by scientific cosmology, quantum science, evolution, and the sciences of humans, respectively. The objective of the series is to help the participants to develop ways to reconcile their Christian faith with the ideas and findings of modern science. Led by Charles King.

Introduction to Jewish Spirituality

9:00 am, Church House Parlor, begins November 9
We share a great spiritual heritage with our Jewish ancestors and can learn much from their spiritual practices. Rabbi Smith leads Congregation Or Ha Lev (Light of the Heart) in Long Valley, NJ which is the only Jewish Renewal Community in our area. Led by Rabbi Debra Smith.

Young* Adult Fellowship

Join us for some good food and good conversation as we build our friendships, talk about topics relevant to our lives and faith journeys. The Young Adult group meets once a month. Please contact Claire Pratt (908-647-7539) for more information or to RSVP! (*No hard rules, but generally: Post-college, pre-kids.)

Book Groups
Tuesday Evenings, 7:30 p.m. in the home of Bob and Eleanor Taylor
You are warmly invited to join a small group beginning Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm  at the home of Bob and Eleanor Taylor in Basking Ridge.  We will be reading and discussing the book The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg.  The book and group discussion are focused on open searching and questioning to understand different views and to further develop our Christian spirituality and faith.  Marcus Borg is a professor emeritus in the Philosophy Dept. at Oregon State University.   Copies of the book will be available at the meeting.  For more information, contact Bob and Eleanor Taylor at  908-766-2077 or Ellen Greenhorn at 908-766-2512

Friday Evenings, 2nd & 4th Fridays, 7:30-9:30pm in the Church House Library. This group will begin on November 14.

The Friday Evening Book Group will discuss Across Many Mountains by Yangzom Brauen, a powerful, emotional memoir and extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom.  The book offers a rare glimpse of life in rural Tibet before the arrival of the Chinese and is a testament to three strong, determine women linked by an unbreakable family bond. Please contact Evelyn Drake for more information (908-766-9282).

Compassionate Communication Class
Wednesdays, 7 pm–8:30 pm in the Church House Library (starting October 1st for 4 weeks)

Learn how to communicate with the “difficult” people in our lives, speak our truth with respect for others including our families, stay connected while in conflict, and other common challenges. “As we begin to speak from the heart, we are changing habits of a lifetime.”Marshal Rosenberg, founder of Compassionate Communication.

Linda Mills, a BRPC member, has had extensive training in Compassionate Communication and will be facilitating the class.

Monday Morning Bible Study
Geneva Room
Beginning on October 6, we will begin a four week study of 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children.

On November 3, we will begin a five week study of Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable.

Contact Jacqueline Obregon for more information.

Women’s Bible Study: Joy-filled Living in Everyday Times.
Wednesdays, 9:30am, Church House Parlor
Join us on to discover the “unhurried rhythms of grace” using Jan Johnson’s book Abundant Simplicity.  Through this study we will explore what it means to live an abundant life with God and how many of our life practices actually may be draining us rather than nurturing us.  Through study, prayer and discussion we will learn new practices and habits and embrace a lifestyle that is simpler and more connected to God and others.  New members are always welcome.  Books are available through the Church Office.  Contact Maureen Paterson for more information.

Mary Circle Women’s Group
12:30pm (2nd Thursdays) in the Church House Parlor
Book group reading and discussing To Heaven and Back by Mary Neal. Contact Patti Williams for more information.

Men’s Lunch
12:00pm (3rd Thursdays) in the Church House Parlor
Different speakers & topics are offered each month along with a meal. Contact Koert VanderVoort, Rudy Hyzer, or Dick Bedner for more information.

Are you interested in joining or helping to lead a small group? Contact Dr. Maureen Paterson for more information or latest schedule.