Fall 2018 Christian Formation Classes

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 Epiphany, or perhaps an old-timer who wants to renew their understanding of Episcopal practices and traditions.

2018 Fall Classes

Intro to Christianity: The Anglican Tradition
September 23, 2018 at 10 am
Upper Room 
Rev. Peter Strimer
What is unique about the Anglican expression of Christianity? How does our belief in a three-legged stool of authority that includes scripture, tradition and reason mark a novel expression of faith? What moments in history were turning points in helping to create this new way of understanding Christianity.

Anglican Tradition talk

Intro to Christianity: The History of the Church
September 30, 2018 at 10 am
Upper Room 
Rev. Peter Strimer
Anglicanism shares with all Christianity a history that dates back to the church’s founding over two millennia ago. Working with class participants’ input and questions, a timeline will unfold that connects the dots between events in Western and Eastern Christianity, European history, and the settling of America. Buckle your seat belts, it is going to be a bumpy ride!

Epihany Lecture 2 – Church History final

Intro to Christianity: The Book of Common Prayer
October 21, 2018 at 10 am
Upper Room 
Rev. Peter Strimer
Since it first edition in 1549, the book of Common Prayer has been the uniting factor for Anglicans world-wide. American revisions in 1789, 1892, 1928 and especially in 1979 have given us one of the best expressions of the Liturgical Renewal Movement over time. And based on actions at this year’s General Convention, there are more changes still to come.

Epiphany Lecture 3 – The Book of Common Prayer Narrative

Christian Beliefs: The Eucharist
October 28, 2018 at 10 am

Upper Room
Rev. Peter Strimer
The central act of worship in the Episcopal Church is the Holy Eucharist, the celebration of Communion. By tracing this rite’s evolution this class will make the connection between practice and belief and unpack the theology of our denomination. For Anglicans, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi” – as we pray, so we believe, so our weekly worship pattern is the best source of understanding our beliefs.

Epiphany Lecture 4 – The Eucharist Narrative

Christian Practices: Compassion – Mission to Liberia
November 11, 2018 at 10 am
Upper Room
Clip Kniffin
Join parishioner Clip Kniffin in a discussion about Christian compassion as expressed in the mission he established in Liberia. Clip is planning a trip in December to the mission and will share the many challenges of getting a mission set up and maintaining it so it can serve the people in Liberia that need our support. Click below to access Clip’s presentation.

Clp preso nov 2018 (x)

Christian Beliefs: Holy Baptism
November 18, 2018 at 10 am

Upper Room
Rev. Peter Strimer
Baptism is the initiation rite into the church. The practice has varied and evolved over the centuries. As adapted in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer it has become a rite seeking both orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right practice). This class will explore the rite’s Jewish antecedents and evolving understanding of baptism, confirmation and entry to the Holy Eucharist. What does it mean when we invite absolutely everyone, baptized or not, to take part in Communion at Epiphany? Click on the link below to access Rev. Strimer’s presentation.

Epiphany Lecture 5 – Baptism

Christian Classics: Paradise Lost
December 16, 2018 at 10 am 
Upper Room
Tom Johnston
John Milton is acknowledged to be one of the greatest English poets, second only to Shakespeare. Of all his works, Paradise Lost is regarded as his supreme achievement and the greatest epic poem of the English language. It concerns the Biblical story of the fall of Adam and Eve and systematically explores the vast corpus of theology and does so in an animated, exciting and imaginative way.

Christian Practices: The Daily Office Lectionary
December 23, 2018 at 10 am
Upper Room
Robin Mondares

Parishioner Robin Mondares will present The Daily Office Lectionary. At this forum, Robin will provide the history and context of the Daily Office Lectionary plus a description of how to use it as an aid for receiving God’s wisdom for daily living through guided practice.


Liturgical Classes


During the seasons of Advent and Lent, evening classes explore the theology and practices of the season. These series are combined with evening prayer and a potluck dinner for a lively evening of worship, study, and fellowship. Find out what’s next on the upcoming events page.

Year-Round Classes


Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program designed to help men and women in the church develop a stronger knowledge of the Bible, church history, and theology, and to become more confident in theological reflection in their day-to-day lives. It is based on the belief that the Spirit is actively involved in each of our lives and that we are called (each in our own way) to engage meaningfully with the work of Christ in the world.

EfM provides participants with a taste of academic theological education without having to pick up and go to seminary. For four years, a group of six to twelve people gathers weekly with a mentor to discuss lessons they have read during the week, to engage in theological reflection on the Christian tradition and their own experiences, and to worship together. The weekly lessons come from content taught at the School of Theology at the University of the South, with a year each focused on Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Choices.

Members of this group must pre-register. Please contact Diane Carlisle for more information.

Past Classes