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!
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 on Oct. 7th.
Day and Time: Tuesdays, August 22nd – October 3rd at 6:00pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leader: Dr. Paul Rillema
God’s Spirit-ed People: Prophecy, Dreams and Visions in the Hebrew Bible
Christians often claim God’s supreme revelation of love in all of history transpired in the person Jesus Christ. But even before time began, the Spirit was present, witnessing to divine love in subtle and astonishing ways. Come join us (whenever you can, even if it’s sporadically!) as we explore prophetic texts of the Hebrew Bible, discerning the Spirit’s relentless labors, confronting us with just how much God cherishes the whole creation, inviting us to be transformed by God’s desires and dreams for this world and the next, and nourishing us with sacred stories of the faltering and faithful alike, who have marshaled courage, repentance, and hope to participate in the world’s redemption, through the power of God’s loving Spirit.
Day and Time: Thursdays, September 14th – December 14th at 10:00am
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
Groups Spiritual Companions
Spiritual companioning requires silence and listening with “an ear for the heart” as we care for each other, and ourselves. Spirit moves and guides us. Initially, we will use ice breakers and art journaling to gently nudge us through our vulnerabilities as we begin to know each other and mold ourselves into a listening circle. Please contact Mother Dawn or Terry Anderson if you are interested. It is a “closed” groups with a maximum of six people.
Day and Time: Mid-Sept. Monday or Tuesday evenings
Leader: Terry Anderson
Heart of Christianity
The essential ingredients of a Christian life are as vitally important today as they have always been, even during this time of conflict and change in the church. Explore the existing and emerging paradigms of Christianity. Consider new ways to talk about the never-changing truth. Purchase the book, The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg, before class begins.
Day and Time: Mondays, September 18th – December 4th at 6:00pm
Location: Guild Hall
Leader: Mother Dawn Frankfurt
Introduction to Christian Meditation
Have you ever wondered what meditation is and its Christian history? Why is it important? How do you practice it? We will explore these questions and many more as we discuss and practice common meditation practices each week. This class will help to dive deep into our practice of Christianity and help to transform our souls from the inside out.
Day and Time: Tuesdays, October 10th – November 21st at 6:30pm & Wednesdays, October 11th – November 15th at 10:00am *This class is offered twice a week, you pick the day that is most convenient for you*
Leader: Chelsea Whipple
New Testament Bible Study
We will explore a New Testament topic. This class is discussion based and all ideas, thoughts, and interpretations are welcome. Stay tuned for the revealing of this topic soon!
Day and Time: Wednesdays, September 20th-December 13th at 6:00pm
Leader: Phil Speary
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 first 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, September 12th – October 24th at 5:30pm
Location: Guild Hall
Leaders: Fr. Joseph Bayles, Fr. Sam Criss, Dr. Paul Rillema
What Have They Done With My Church?
There have been more changes in our church in the last 50 years, than in the last 400 years. What are the gains? What are the losses? And how do you feel about all of it?
Day and Time: Wednesdays, September 13th – October 3rd at 11:00am
Leader: Fr. Sam Criss
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 in the Undercroft (downstairs). 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!
If you’d like more information about our adult ministries, please contact Chelsea Whipple, Director of Christian Formation.
Previous Bible Studies:
- Accidental Saints, by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. Nadia invites readers into a surprising encounter with God. As she lives and worships alongside these “accidental saints,” Nadia is swept into firsthand encounters with grace – a gift that often feels less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit by a blunt instrument. But by this grace, people are transformed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own.
- Examples of faith from Hebrews 11 and how those examples can relate to our contemporary lives.
- Rev. Stephen Smith’s book Saving Salvation: The Amazing Evolution of Grace as well as looked into the history of Salvation from the Old Testament to the New Testament. This was an in-depth study towards self-discovery of salvation and how it impacts us today as Christians and citizens of this world.
- During the 2016 Advent Season we took time to reflect in anticipation of the birth of our Messiah. We discussed the characters involved in the birth narrative and traveled along as we looked at how Mary, Joseph, the Angel, the Wise Men and the Shepherds were shaped and changed by the birth of Jesus. Through the narratives of both Matthew and Luke we get an awe-inspired story of God’s ultimate fulfillment to Israel and how we can take time out of this busy season to reflect on those same promises.
- In the Fall of 2016 we studied the Miracles of Jesus recorded in the four Gospels. We used a variety of translations to explore how the Biblical teachings can enhance our everyday lives. This study is open to all adults.
- 2016-17 Adult Forum: Nicene Creed