March 7, 14, 21, 28
Forgiving: The Gift That Makes Life Better
The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish
Of all the qualities Christ has taught us to have, being forgiving is perhaps the hardest. Why? Because our wounds demand retribution. Our scars call out for self-protection. Jesus calls on us to follow God’s way, not pain’s way, but that is so hard to do in the moment. The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish will lead us over four weeks to explore what it truly means to forgive, as well as ways to train ourselves to follow God’s way rather than pain’s way.
The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish is the Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting (www.samaritancounseling.net), and the Director of its Caring for Clergy and Congregations program, which offers clergy coaching and church consulting. From 1996 to 2017, he was senior pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, where son of Westminster the Rev. David Paul is presently senior pastor (and is doing a wonderful job!).
Standish is the author of ten books, including ...And the Church Actually Changed (2020), and the upcoming Preaching to Those Walking Away (anticipated spring 2022). He has been an adjunct professor at both Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Tyndale Seminary, focusing in the areas of spirituality and congregational leadership. He also has a background as a spiritual director, individual and marital therapist, psychiatric therapist, and drug and alcohol therapist.