Winter Session of The Foundry The Winter Session of "The Foundry" starts February 7th. Sign Up Now!

The Foundry

Creating and facilitating conversations for individuals to encounter the living God.

2023 Winter Session

Psalms: An Ancient Challenge to Get Serious About Your Prayer and Worship

Sandra Richter brings our ancestors in the faith to the table where we learn from them in a cross-cultural experience bridging historical and modern-day life. This eight-session study of the Book of Psalms masterfully mixes scholarly and practical teaching through the most-known wisdom Book of the Bible.


The key messages of this study include: what the Book of Psalms is (the hymnbook of ancient Israel), how it was utilized in Israelite worship (the various “forms” of the Psalms), and why the Book of Psalms remains critical to our devotional lives today. Sandra also dives into the concrete realities of Israelite worship (the tabernacle, temple, priesthood, and sacrifice) as well as Israel’s theology of worship wrapped up in their theocratic worldview.


Experience the Psalms with fresh connections to contemporary worship and devotional practices. Indulge in the biblical study of the Psalms from a scholar and former pastor. Letting Sandra do the “heavy lifting” of research and translation allows you to experience the Bible in a deeply sensitive way, answering the evergreen question, “so what does this have to do with me today?”


  • How does this series work? The study involves two components. The first is a set of eight filmed, approximately half-hour, sessions with Dr. Sandra Richter and the second is a study guide for each group member. The idea is that each member will be working at home at their own pace, doing as much or as little as schedules permit. Once per week your group will gather to view the filmed study, talk about the individual work from the week, and focus on some group discussion questions.


Let the adventure begin!


Sessions start Tuesday, February 7th. Here is a list of the sessions:


  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Online
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. In-person
  • Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Online

Take the next step.

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The year was 1716. Europe was recovering after the end of the War of Spanish Succession. To celebrate the long-awaited peace, the British determined to recast the captured cannons of the French into new cannons for the English. But a flawed casting process created an explosion at the local foundry, rattling the community to its core and killing or injuring many of the celebrants. For decades, the forge stood cold and abandoned atop Windmill Hill in London—until one winter day when a young John Wesley found himself preaching to a large crowd from the steps of the old building.


The forge soon became the Foundry Church—the birthplace and cradle of a new theology. The Foundry Church grew quickly to more than 1,000 people. The congregation did more than gather on Sunday morning. Members made loans to the needy, provided medical care to the sick, set up a school, and offered housing for widows and orphans. The Foundry Church forged a new way of sharing Christ with the world. This theology of a personal and corporate holiness—a commitment to justice and compassion forged within the Foundry Church—reflects our vision at South Reno UMC.


The church lives in a new day and a changing time. The good work of The Foundry is to empower people with life-changing ways to engage in the mission of God. We invite you to join us, four to six times a year, as we lean into God’s call to imagine and proclaim the power of a holy people to change the world.