Christian Education Opportunities for Adults
St John's Sunday Adult Forums Winter/Spring 2015
Please check the Weekly EAGLE and your Sunday bulletin for the latest information on start times and locations!
March 15 - The Conversation Project
Presented by: Connie Holden and the St John's Legacy Ministry
Background: The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
Attend if you: Want to learn how to talk to your loved ones about your end-of-life wishes
Location: Parish Hall
March 22 - All About Hospice
Presented by: Hospice Chaplains and the St John's Legacy Ministry
Background: Hospice philosophy includes physical pain relief as well as attending to the ill one's emotional and spiritual needs.
Attend if you: Want to learn more about what Hospice is and what local Hospice providers can offer you and those you love.
Location: Parish Hall
March 29 - Palm/Passion Sunday—no adult forum
April 5 - Easter Sunday—no adult forum
April 12 - Community Bible Experience (CBE) Spring Kick-Off
Presented by: Melinda Wirsing, a parishioner and long-time Bible study participant and leader
Background: CBE reads the NT without chapter & verse division, & with books re-ordered to make chronological/theological sense
Attend if you: Are considering joining our group who will read the NT over a multi-week period this spring
Future forums in the works:
Pam White - The BCP Beyond Sunday
Pastor Susan - The History and Meaning of Baptism
Pastor Susan & others - Theodicy and The Pastoral Consolations
Gene Wahl - The Sacramental Nature of Creation
Is there a topic you wish to see covered in a future Sunday adult forum? Does it inform or further one of the six Christian Life Practices?
(They are: daily prayer; daily scripture reading; weekly worship; growing in giving; serving others in Christ's name; sharing one's faith
story;) Contact one of the clergy or Pam White and pitch your idea!
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Tuesday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Contact David Plume
EfM is a four-year certificate program of theological education sponsored by the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. Each EfM year is comprised of 36 weekly meetings at St. John’s. The focus of each year is as follows: Year 1—Hebrew Bible; Year 2—New Testament; Year 3—Church history; Year 4—Christianity in the modern world. In addition to an in-depth study of Scripture and supplementary texts, the program provides individuals the opportunity to discern and reflect upon one’s own call to ministry in the world. The focus of the program is on fellowship, formation of community, and theological reflection. Participants can receive 18 continuing education credits for each year of study.
Helping one another grow into the heart and mind of Christ What exactly is the heart and mind of Christ? St Paul offers an answer in the 2nd Philippians. The mind of Christ seeks unity and harmony in all things and among all people. It is free from faction and vainglory—in other words it resists promoting its own self-interests and doesn’t seek to glorify itself.
Instead it is taken up with concern for others. It practices humility and is attentive to and obedient to God’s will. If someone has the mind of Christ, he or she is steadfast in work, content, pure, enthusiastic, and quick to rejoice. The heart of Christ is compassionate and generous. God’s default is not judgment but mercy. The heart of Christ is quick to love and quick to forgive.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Tuesday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Contact David Plume.
EfM is a four-year certificate program of theological education sponsored by the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. Each EfM year is comprised of 36 weekly meetings at St. John’s. The focus of each year is as follows:
- Year 1—Hebrew Bible
- Year 2—New Testament
- Year 3—Church history
- Year 4—Christianity in the modern world.
In addition to an in-depth study of Scripture and supplementary texts, the program provides individuals the opportunity to discern and reflect upon one’s own call to ministry in the world. The focus of the program is on fellowship, formation of community, and theological reflection. Participants can receive 18 continuing education credits for each year of study.
Community Bible Experience (CBE)
Thursday, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Contact Melinda Wirsing
Instead of reading the Bible in fragments, this group recaptures a panoramic view of the entire New Testament. The Community Bible Experience starts with a different kind of Bible—one that’s uniquely designed to be read from beginning to end. Unlike traditional Bibles, it doesn't have chapter or verse numbers, cross references, or red lettering. The books of the New Testament have been reordered in a way that makes chronological and theological sense. It’s formatted so you can see the natural divisions within each book and is designed to be read from start to finish, as was originally intended. We’ll share the reading and discovery journey in community, gathering once a week in small groups to reflect on our reading—to share what inspires, surprises, puzzles, or challenges us. Materials are free. Participants read 12 pages a day, 5 days a week, for 8 weeks.
Wednesday Morning Holy Eucharist & Bible Study
Wednesday, 10:00am to 11:30am
Contact Father James Williams or Father Andy Carhartt
Meet for a short service of Holy
Eucharist in the chapel and then adjourn to the McKeown Library to study and discuss the upcoming Sunday’s readings. Fr. James and Fr. Andy guide the group through a lively discussion of the appointed Old Testament reading, the Psalm, the Epistle reading, and the Gospel reading. Drop-ins are warmly welcomed. No expertise in the study of Holy Scripture is required!
Bible and Bagels
Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30am
Contact Ren Feldman, Mike Mattingly, or Bill Ashworth
This men’s Bible study group meets twice a month to drink coffee, eat bagels, enjoy fellowship and read and discuss the readings for the upcoming Sundays. Drop-ins are warmly welcomed. No expertise in the study of Holy Scripture is required!
Living the Questions
Wednesdays, 6:30pm (Please contact us for the schedule)
Contact Bill Ashworth
Described by the publisher as a resource for progressive Christians, this group gathers in 12-week increments to study different theological topics curricula that consist of a short DVD segment, a participant guide, and a time for discussion. It’s a great opportunity to learn from noted theologians (who appear on DVD) and to learn from one another.
Sunday Adult Forums
Contact Pam White or Pastor Susan Springer.
Offered at least two Sundays a month following the 9:30am service, Adult Forums cover topics like the church seasons, spiritual gifts, what it means to be an Episcopalian, church history, how to pray, planning for the end of life, and more. Taught by clergy, staff, or guest lecturers, forums last about an hour and usually include time for Q&A. Click here for the latest schedule.
Lenten Supper & Study Series
Wednesdays during Lent, 6:00pm
Contact Pam White
The Lenten Supper and Study Series addresses a different topic each year. Past topics have included the Christian response to violence, and the Christian call to steward the earth. Some years noted guest lecturers are engaged; in other years lectures are led by clergy, or there are DVD series moderated by lay leaders. The format typically includes presentation and small group discussion. Participants gather for Contemplative Evensong in the chapel at 6:00pm, and then adjourn to the parish hall for a potluck soup supper at 6:30pm. At 7:00pm the program begins and lasts about an hour.