First Presbyterian Church of Salina Presents:

Summer Soul-stice Virtual Series

Below you will find the videos for our Summer Soul-stice series entitled, Edges of New Community. 


There is nothing covered that won't be uncovered and nothing hidden that won't be made known .   .   .

                                                                                                                                                  Matthew 10:26  

A meaning of apocalypse is: to uncover, to reveal. Life today with Covid19 is apocalyptic - exposing the depth of our societal weaknesses and delusions.  At the same time, it offers promise for real and substantive change.  Are we listening? 

The 2020 Summer Soul-stice series, in the time of pandemic, examines our brave new world and the crucial work of:

  • naming our losses and grieving what we must let go
  • finding courage to set foundations for new community, locally, nationally and globally, where LIFE truly matters
  • listening to one another for the possibilities of change that each of us must bring home and into our personal lives

For eight years, First Presbyterian Church in Salina, KS, has hosted a series of five programs each summer.  These informal, eclectic sessions are organized around a theme, with topics generally far reaching and provocative. Discussions are thoughtful, fun and unexpected.  Attendees are multi-generational, curious, and unafraid to look at difficult issues. 

As we began the process of planning this year’s series, we knew we couldn’t ignore this current time of disruption and uncertainty. In the midst of so much confusion, we knew this was the time to look for new opportunities that allowed us to bring together the best local and national minds, in a virtual format, to explore this year’s theme: 

Edges of New Community

August 5: In a Time of Covid: Fear, Loss, and Change

Frank Coady - pastor of St. Thomas More Church, Manhattan, KS and director of Liturgy and Adult Education of the Diocese of Salina, KS

Paula Fried,Ph.D -  psychologist in private practice in Salina, KS and community leader and activist  

Laura Kelly - governor of the State of Kansas

August 12: Possibilities in Hope - Hope in Possibilities

Jerry Brown - former two-time governor of California       

Stan Cox - research fellow in Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute and author of five books, the most recent being The Green New Deal and Beyond

Kevin Wilmott - film professor at the University of Kansas and Oscar-winning filmmaker

August 19: Are We Listening Now? – A Dialogue


Wes Jackson - emeritus president and co-founder of The Land Institute

Burdett Loomis - emeritus professor of political science at the University of Kansas, teaching for more than 40 years

Maureen Morrison, Psy.D - clinical psychologist in private practice for 35 years in Wichita, KS 

Kathleen Sebelius - former governor of the State of Kansas and secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration       

Panels are moderated by Gerald Gillespie, emeritus professor of psychology at Kansas Wesleyan University.


Sessions are scheduled to go online at noon August 5, 12, and 19 on the First Presbyterian Church website ( available on either Facebook or YouTube.  Each session can be accessed any time after it has gone live.    


Yoga time is a time to slow down and allow yourself spiritual time for breathing, stretching, meditating, and praying together. A suggested donation of $5, but is not required. Classes are held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Youth Annex.


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Women's Bible Study

Love Carved In Stone - A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments

Join us for the Women’s Bible Study group the first Monday of every month. This group is centered around a new Horizons Women’s Bible study program, Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments by Eugenia Anne Gamble. The program runs Monday, October 7 through Monday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hope Room. 


What would it mean to consider the Ten Commandments not as a harsh list of what not to do but, instead, as a “love letter” from a loving God? A fresh embrace of the Ten Commandments (or Words), author Eugenia Gamble suggests, may ultimately contribute to the restoration of ourselves and our communities and the furthering of the gospel in the world. “Moral behavior matters, not simply because immoral actions can anger or disappoint God, but because principled behavior is how love becomes real, both toward God and in community.” Love Carved in Stone is a Bible study that helps us reframe the way we look at and live in the world.