Being Grateful

With honest stories and heartrending examples from history and her own life, Bass reclaims gratitude as a path to greater connection with God, with others, with the world, and even with our own souls. It’s time to embrace a more radical practice of gratitude—the virtue that heals us and helps us thrive.


During our stewardship season in the month of October, you are invited to join us in reading and discussing the book Grateful by Dr. Diana Butler Bass. Our campaign is rooted in scripture, O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. —Psalm 136:1

Our Stewardship Team has also planned several other opportunities for you to reflect about gratitude during the month of October:


Online Series:
In addition to reading the book, you can journey along with Dr. Bass by registering for an online series of videos and conversations. Because we purchased a congregational license, registration for this series is free for St. John’s parishioners.


Small Groups & Classes:
Our Small Groups Ministry will also discuss themes in Grateful during the month of October and there will be a Wednesday evening discussion, on October 14, about the transformative power of giving thanks, especially in difficult times. We encourage you to participate, regardless of whether you have purchased the book or joined a small group.


Guest Preacher & Teacher:
We are very excited that Dr. Bass will be our guest preacher during the Service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday, October 4, and she will join our clergy for a panel discussion during Coffee Talk on Sunday, October 25, to talk about living a grateful life.

Please join us during the month of October and consider how you can begin to cultivate a practice of gratitude.

Diana Butler Bass (Ph.D. Duke University) is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. She has appeared on a number of national radio programs and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines. She has preached and taught in hundreds of church, college, and conference venues in North America and beyond. Diana is the author of ten books, the most recent being Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks in which she offers suggestions for reclaiming gratitude that can lead to greater connection with God, our loved ones, our world, and even our souls.

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