After a summer break, Saint Luke's Church in Darien is returning to its weekly program of Discovery Hours each Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall, 1864 Post Road.
On Sept. 8: James Porter, president of StopStress.com, will discuss his new book, "Stop Stress This Minute." Porter is the author of training materials on stress management and is a lecturer at hospitals, government agencies and businesses. He will highlight pointers from his book on how to lower and manage stress, both as a personal problem and in the workplace. His book will be available for sale.
On Sept. 15: The Spiritual Formation Task Force will present its theme for the year to Saint Luke's parishioners. An upcoming survey will be introduced.
On Sept. 22: Rabbi Rami Shapiro will speak on the topic "Jesus as a Holy Rascal." Holy Rascals are those God-intoxicated mystics whose love of wisdom overthrows the sacred opinions that pass for truth. In this uniquely Jewish view of Christ, Rami will explore some of the teachings and parables of Jesus from the Holy Rascal perspective, adding to the conventional understanding of these teachings with insights many of us have never considered. Shapiro is an author, poet and storyteller. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and has a doctorate from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Shapiro co-directs One River Wisdom School and writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health Magazine called "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler. He also hosts the weekly Internet radio show "How to be a Holy Rascal" on Unity On-line Radio. His newest book is "Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually."
On Sept. 29: The history of the beginning of Saint Luke's in Darien and the role of the Fitch family in its founding 157 years ago will be the topic. Darien native and Fitch family descendant Dean Kleinert remembers St. Luke's before its renovation in the 1950s and '60s and will share stories of founders, Charlotte and Benjamin Fitch. His talk will take place in the church followed by a visit to the vault. Kleinert's career was in academic research administration. He spent 17 years as director of the Grants Resource Center at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., and finished as director of research and grants at Central Connecticut State University.
For information, visit www.saintlukesdarien.org or call 203-655-1456.