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SEED: Two Sides of Gratitude

Nov 03, 2017

Giving thanks usually is construed as a good thing in our culture. New studies are often released showing the benefits of gratitude; it makes us happier, more successful, healthier, and less depressed. But can gratitude ever be wrong? Can it be immoral? And, how do we know? Join Kirsten Klepfer, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, for a look at what engenders gratitude, what gratitude produces, and why it might matter.

Klepfer has been the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church for 12 years. She grew up in Cedar Falls, attended the University of Iowa, and worked as an information systems consultant after college. Then, she headed out to Berkeley, Calif., to get her master’s from the Pacific School of Religion, graduating in 2001. In California, she served as an associate pastor at a United Methodist Church in Napa, then as a campus minister at the University of California – Davis. Desiring to be closer to her family, she moved back to the Midwest to take the position in Grinnell.

The Senior Education program is held each Monday at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library, with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Seniors needing transportation or special accommodations may call GRMC’s communications and development office at 641-236-2590 by the Thursday before the program.