Epiphany Neighborhood Seminary

Introduction and Overview

Epiphany Neighborhood Seminary is a personal seminary where people come together to consider God and their relationship with God. We use the term “seminary” not in the sense that we are training you to enter the ministry, although ministering to God’s purpose is one of its goals. The term “seminary” is used in a more personal sense – to nurture your quest for knowledge as you pursue a life in God’s Kingdom. This applies to anyone at any stage of life who is on a spiritual journey, where we seek not to know more about God, but to know God. For to know God is to be present in His Kingdom which exists within you.

Participating in Epiphany’s seminary is about becoming a knowing Christian through an understanding of the Bible, along with classic texts and modern material to deepen Christian faith. With over 2000 years of research on Christianity, there is a lot of material to explore, enjoy and apply. A neighborhood seminary is personal because it enables you to focus on critical issues and utilizes critical thinking based on eternal Biblical principles supported within a contextual understanding of theology, history and culture. Besides thinking, Epiphany Neighborhood Seminary is structured to encourage participation through conversation, presentation and reflection. And finally, Epiphany Neighborhood Seminary challenges you to apply knowledge gained back into daily life.

Learning Opportunities

Spiritual Formation is simply the patterning and structuring of our character into the image and likeness of God. Spiritual formation is the art and practice of knowing ourselves as God knows us, of being and becoming that full, whole complete and healthy person God created us to be. During this learning season, the spiritual formation offerings will be based on the Renovaré Devotional Classics derived from writings dating back to St Augustine and journeying through the history of Christian reflection up to Dallas Willard. These devotionals will be presented in both Lecture and our Round Table formats designed to encourage small group discussion and reflection during the Everybody Hour at 10 am in the Great Hall on Sunday mornings.

New to Spiritual Formation will be the Forum Rollover Conversation which will be an informal gathering (either on Sunday afternoons at 3.30 pm or Monday evenings at 6.30 pm) to continue the forum topic. Sometimes a film will be presented, or a guest expert will be brought in , or may be just a time to gather and chat.

Christian Formation is teaching the essence of Christianity through presentations and lectures on Anglican beliefs, practices and disciplines. The programs in this track are ideal for the individual who is either new to a liturgical worship church, such as the Epiphany, or perhaps an old-timer who wants to renew their understanding of Episcopal practices and traditions. Sub-tracks in Christian formation include “Introduction to Christianity” (backgrounds to the Christianity and the Anglican tradition); “Christian Beliefs” (our common theology); “Christian Practices” (disciplines and exercises in our outward expressions of Christianity); and, “Christian Classics” (exploring great Christian literature and authors throughout the history of the Church). Christian Formation forums happen during the Everybody Hour at 10 a.m. in the Upper Room on Sunday Mornings.

New this year is “What Just Happened Here?”, a program offered monthly (second Sunday) after the 11 a.m. service and is designed to explain what happens during our liturgical worship service. This program is great for people visiting Epiphany and who may not come from a liturgical worship tradition. “What Just Happened Here?” is led by a priest and meets in the church nave at noon.

 

Town Hall is new to the learning season and is a track focused on life in our communities. Whether you are parishioner or not, the programs in this track will dive into issues that bind and divide our neighborhoods. From the effects of social media on our children, to the transitions we make during our life’s journey, these programs, while not necessarily theologically themed, are what all people, Christian and non-Christian experience in the greater Seattle area and are designed to help put community ahead of the individual. The sub-tracks are entitled “Family Time” (dealing with issues affecting family life); “Our Neighborhood” (topics relating to community cohesiveness); and, “Me Time” (dealing with transitions or other issues that affect you as an individual in a changing culture). Town Hall presentations happen during the Everybody Hour at 10 a.m. in the Parish Garden Room.

Minyans comes from the Hebrew word meaning to “count” and refers to the quorum of ten Jewish adults required for daily prayers. The Minyans at Epiphany usually are developed and managed by fellow parishioners and can run just for a few gatherings or be perpetual. Minyans are designed for those who want to build and/or strengthen their Christian framework as part of their spiritual journey. Minyans are highly participative where groups will study together, practice spiritual disciplines and discern in a community God’s call upon our lives.

Small Groups at Epiphany are the place where we leave behind pretenses and egos to enable our souls to grow. The hope at Epiphany is that they become a place where we can take our lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and be known, and then loved back into our most authentic selves. Epiphany has a number of small groups already established. If you are interested in joining a small group, or if you want to start a small group, please contact any parish staff member for assistance.

Special Learning Forums are unique opportunities designed to explore Christianity through a variety of subjects outside the disciplines listed above. The format is flexible but is driven by parishioners to organize and present to interested individuals. Examples of Special Learning Forums are “Deep Dives” ( mid-week deeper dive into topics stemming from a Sunday forum) and “What Just Happened” (a gathering once a month after the 11:00 a.m. service to answer questions about liturgy and help new comers understand our liturgy) and “Popcorn Night” (a monthly movie night). Check the Epiphany calendar for information on dates and locations.

Epiphany Neighborhood Seminary Calendar for Learning Events

 

2018

 

Great Hall

Upper Room

Garden Room

Date

Spiritual Formation

 

Christian Formation

 

Epiphany Town Hall

 

9/16 10 am Lecture Preparing for the Spiritual Life*

12 pm “What Just Happened Here?”

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

No Forum 10 am Social Emotional Learning
9/23 10 am Round Table CS Lewis Giving All To Christ*

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am The Anglican Tradition 10 am Saving Southern Resident Orcas
9/30 10 am Round Table St Augustine Complete Surrender*

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am The History of the Church 10 am Screen Time – What Technology is Doing to Your Kids
 
10/14 10 am Lecture The Contemplative Tradition*

12 pm “What Just Happened Here?”

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

No Forum 10 am Teaching Your Kids Financial Responsibility
10/21 10 am Round Table Thomas Merton Ways of Meditation*

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am Book of Common Prayer 10 am iGods – How Technology Shapes Our Lives
10/28 10 am Round Table Martin Luther Praying in Faith*

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am Holy Sacrament: The Eucharist 10 am Retire Inspired – The Emotions  Behind the Retirement Decision
 
11/11 10 am Lecture The Holiness Tradition*

12 pm “What Just Happened Here?”

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am Mission to Liberia No Forum
11/18 10 am Round Table Teresa of Avila Striving to Make Progress*

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am Sacrament: Holy Baptism 10 am Cyber Security – Keeping Your Kids Safe on the Internet
 
12/9 10 am Lecture The Charismatic Tradition*

12 pm “What Just Happened Here?”

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

No Forum No Forum
12/16 10 am Round Table Catherine of Genoa Waiting Upon God*

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am Paradise Lost by John Milton* 10 am Selfies – Searching for the Image of God in the Digital Age
12/23 10 am Round Table St Ignatius  Movement Produced in the Soul

3.30 pm Forum Rollover Conversation

10 am The Sacramental Rites I: Marriage, Unction and Confirmation