Finding Peace in an Anxious World

July 01, 2021 | by Martha Parker

Finding Peace in an Anxious World

“The Serenity Prayer” continues to be profoundly relevant during these uncertain times, before, during and moving out of this year of pandemic uncertainty. Using prayer as a scaffold, Finding Peace in an Anxious World explores ways to discover peace through scriptural and spiritual disciplines so that we can be rooted in God and energized to live fully as disciples of Christ.

The text, written by staff of the Urban Village Church and edited by Erin James-Brown, uses the book of Proverbs, various prayer styles and “The Serenity Prayer” as a guide to help the Church find its way through anxiety, worry, and fear and move towards God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.

Rev. Erin James-Brown, former pastor for Urban Village Church and director of discipleship, believes that gathering people together in the name of Jesus for the conversion of individuals and communities to increasingly act like Jesus, talk like Jesus, and desire the very things Jesus desires is where we catch glimpses of the kingdom of God.

We are excited to have Dr. Dharmaraj lead us in this study. Dr. Glory Dharmaraj is the current President of World Association for Christian Communication for North America. She is retired Director of Spiritual Formation and Mission Theology for the United Methodist Women. She is an author and co-author of several books including mission books for the denomination and for the United Methodist Women. She is the co-author of A Theology of Mutuality: A Paradigm for 21st Century, with her husband, Jacob Dharmaraj. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago and has done special studies for Doctor of Ministry at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

The class consists of an evening worship and four class sessions and a closing:

Evening Worship: August 12 (Thursday) 7-8 pm

Sessions 1 & 2: August 13 (Fri.) 10-noon and 1-3

Sessions 3 & 4: August 13 (Sat.) 10-noon and 1-4

We welcome all to attend this learning experience. Pastors who complete the entire course will receive one (1) CEU unit in Discipleship/Evangelism: Social Transformation or Personal Transformation or Administration/Organizational Leadership: Team Building, Pastoral Self-care. To register, please go to The deadline to register is July 31.


Martha serves as the UMW Mission Coordinator for Education and Interpretation for the California-Nevada Conference and is the dean for Mission u 2021.