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..
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leader: Dr. Paul Rillema
Book of Hosea
Day and Time: Thursdays 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
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!
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