Here is a list of our many educational opportunities for adults. Please check back often as we will continue to add classes throughout the year! Be sure to check out our new project, Small Group Wednesday!
Adult forum is Sunday school for grownups. We are a group of people from all walks of life and different perspectives. This year we are discussing the beatitudes; we will look at different interpretations and learn different perspectives of how we can live the Beatitudes each and every day.
Day and Time: Sept. 17th and continues every Sunday (except for 2nd Sun. of the month), between services from 9:45-10:30am
Location: Guild Hall
For those who want to further explore the Episcopal Church, its history and beliefs, Basic A is the class for you. Adults are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Those who wish to be confirmed as members of the Episcopal Church attend all sessions prior to their formal confirmation..
Day and Time: Tuesdays, Fall 2018 at 6:00pm (Dates will be announced Summer 2018)
Leaders: Mother Dawn Frankfurt and Mother Sarah Stewart
Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM covers Old and New Testaments, 2000 years of church history, and the thoughts of religious scholars. We meet as a “one room school house” with Year 1 focusing on OT readings, Year 2 on NT readings, Year 3 on Church history readings and Year 4 on theology understandings of our interactions in the world. This program is administered by the University of the South, and you receive a certificate upon completion of the program. The cost is $350 per year which includes books of study for each year enrolled in the program. “Scholarships” and other financial support are available.
Day and Time: Thursdays, starting September 21st at 6:30pm
Location: Private Location (contact the office for details: email@example.com)
Leader: Dr. Paul Rillema
Spirit-ed Bible Study
Our spirited Bible study will investigate the prophetic tradition in the Old Testament scripture. We will explore the books of Joel and Amos and our Lenten focus will engage the book of Isaiah. Also there will be a lunchtime discussion on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 12:30-2:30pm of a book entitled Mourner, Mother, Midwife: Reimagining God’s Delivering Presence in the Old Testament, by Juliana M. Claasens. If you plan to participate you should obtain and read this book prior to the Feb. 25th discussion. Please RSVP to Mother Sarah by Feb. 21st as lunch will be provided.
Day and Time: Thursdays at 10:00am, we will NOT meet on Feb. 1, 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 3 and 24.
Leader: Mother Sarah Stewart
If you have finished the standard EfM course and want to continue in study and fellowship please consider Graduate EfM. Each year we pick a course of study, usually using a series of taped lectures from The Teaching Company. We augment this with reading, discussion, guest speakers and field trips. The EfM pattern of learning, praying, and sharing treats and the joys and cares of our lives is continued in our group.
Day and Time: Mondays (no 1st Monday), September 11 – April 30 at 7:00pm
Leaders: Richard Bowman, Louise Brinegar
Restoration Project (TRP)
The Restoration Project is a national movement within the Episcopal Church calling our people back to the basic practices of the church by following the 12 steps of humility of St. Benedict within the framework of the small group. The members of each small group within TRP commit to 7 vows to work toward lives with regular prayer, worship, service to the poor, generosity, learning, discerning of call and commitment to the discipleship group’s members.
Day and Time: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, starting September at 7:00pm
Location: Corner Window office (by lounge)
Leader: Jim Lewis
The Theology of John Shelby Spong: Modern Intellect Meets Traditional Christianity
We will examine the last 6 of 12 theses presented by Bishop Spong. These theses are attempts on Bishop Spong’s part to recast the scriptures and commonly accepted theology in modern terms, taking into consideration scientific discoveries challenging our traditional beliefs.
Day and Time: Tuesdays, starting January 16th at 6:00pm
Location: Guild Hall
Leaders: Fr. Joseph Bayles, Fr. Sam Criss, Dr. Paul Rillema
Young Family Fellowship (YFF)
The Young Family Fellowship is for parents, parents-to-be and parents-in-waiting of young children and youth. We gather together every Sunday that Sunday school is in session from 9:45-10:25 for refreshments and fellowship time. We currently meet upstairs next to the Children’s area. There is no agenda just a time for us to gather together, tell funny stories, support each other, and generally have fun. We’d love for you to join us and help our group grow!
Small Group Wednesday
Feb 21st – May 16th
Description of classes offered:
We will explore the Ten Commandments, looking at history, biblical texts, and how these commandments affect our lives today. This class is discussion based and all ideas, thoughts, and interpretations are welcome.
Leader: Phil Speary
Civil Rights Conversation
Since the election of President Barak Obama, we have all been reminded just how entrenched institutional racism is in our nation’s history and in our contemporary lives. But what is it? If racism doesn’t look like segregated water fountains, what does it look like today? What does it mean to say that Black Lives Matter? During the Lent and Easter seasons, we will explore these questions and more through the voices of three contemporary African American writers. Through thoughtful discussion, we will reflect on their experiences and ideas about what it means to be black in the 21st century U.S., and consider what we, as members of the Jesus Movement, are called to do. Please purchase “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson, and “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Read Bryan Stevens book chpt 1-3 before group begins.
Leader: Dr. Robin Henry
Experiencing God with our 5 Senses
“Taste and see that the Lord is good,” proclaims the Psalmist. In our Western culture the Christian life has been seemingly diminished to a mere intellectual or emotional faith. We tend to make our relationship with the living God an all mental experience. How can we make worship a whole-body experience? We love to joke about “the smells and bells” but how could leaning into our senses lead us into deeper communion with God. Join us as we read and discuss, “Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with our Five Senses” by Ginny Kubitz Moyer. Please purchase the book and read the Introduction and How to before the group begins.
Leader: Maddy Bishop
The Sacred Enneagram
The Enneagram is an ancient tool used to study the nine basic types of people and explains why we behave the way we do. By working with the Enneagram, this course hopes to help you develop a deeper understanding of others and learn alternatives to our own patterns of behavior. This study group will begin to see life from a broader point of view. Come prepared to see which special position you hold on the Enneagram diagram. Please purchase the book “The Sacred Enneagram” by Christopher Heuertz to investigate how this ancient model can transform us into a deeper and more authentic relationship with God.
Leader: Jeanie Hans
Spirituality in Children
The effect of spirituality in children is an often overlooked subject but now is becoming a useful tool on how to raise children in today’s world. We will read and discuss, “The Spiritual Child” by Lisa Miller, PhD. This book combines the science and the power of spirituality and illustrates just how essential spirituality is to a child’s physical and mental health. Parents, grandparents, educators and any person that works with children will get concrete ways to develop and encourage children’s (and teenagers) well-being, as well as their own. Participants need to purchase the book and read the Introduction before group begins.
Leader: Chelsea Whipple
*There will be nursery available from infant-Kindergarten and a special “Kids Time” class available from 1st grade – 5th grade. You must indicate # of kids attending either one on sign-up form.*
If you’d like more information about our adult ministries, please contact Chelsea Whipple, Director of Christian Formation.
Previous Bible Studies:
- What have they done with my church? Examining last 50 years in the Episcopal Church
- Spiritual Companions Group
- Introduction to Christian Meditation
- Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg.
- Accidental Saints, by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.
- Wednesday Evening Bible Study: Forgiveness in the Gospels, Examples of faith from Hebrews 11, The Miracles of Jesus.
- Thursday Morning Bible Study: God’s Spirit-ed People: Prophecy, Dreams and Visions in the Hebrew Bible; Saving Salvation; Traveling the Birth Narrative from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
- Adult Forum: Nicene Creed