Adult Faith Explorations
Exploration, not answers. Time to connect deeply with God and one another. Topics and speakers that challenge us to think in new and creative ways about our faith. Adult education and formation at All Saints' is this, and so much more.
Many of our programs invite participants to examine the theological foundations of our work in the world. What does breaking bread together on Sunday have to do with sharing a meal with our hungry neighbors on Tuesday nights? Are there resources in our spiritual tradition that compel us to act to put an end to the epidemic of violence that is killing our children in this city and nation? Why should we care about our brothers and sisters in far off Sudan? Are there scriptural mandates to reach beyond our borders of race, class, nation, and religion? Why does our image of a Trinitarian God lead us to travel to the Bayous of Louisiana to do the back-breaking labor of planting seedlings on desolate land?
Other programs invite us to find rest and renewal, to play and celebrate, to explore the deeper meaning of prayer and ritual, to learn the basics of Christian history and the Episcopal Church, and to reflect spiritually on the cycle of our lives, from birth to death.
For those new to the Christian faith or to the Episcopal Church, our 6-week Inquirers' Class, led by both Bonnie and Emily, is an exploration of adult spirituality by way of a "spirited" romp through history, prayer, scriptures, theology, church polity, and more. This lively series offers space to question beliefs, imagine possibilities, learn about All Saints', and make new friends. If desired, it may also serve as preparation for the rite of confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church in May or June. The course will meet on Wednesdays, March 8 through April 12, from 7:30-9:00pm in the Parish Hall. Contact Emily with any questions.
Education for Ministry
And for those seeking an expansive and in-depth knowledge of Christianity, EFM (Education for Ministry) is for you. In this 4-year curriculum, small groups of 5-10 participants under the guidance of trained mentors meet weekly for 2-3 hours to journey together through Christian scripture, tradition and history from its beginning to modern times. Look for more information coming in Spring 2017.
Wherever you find yourself, come, explore, and enliven your faith.