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 Book of Common Prayer
October 21, 2018 at 10 am
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.
Christian Beliefs: The Eucharist
October 28, 2018 at 10 am
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.
Christian Practices: Compassion – Mission to Liberia
November 11, 2018 at 10 am
Join parishioner Clip Kniffen 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.
Christian Beliefs: Holy Baptism
November 18, 2018 at 10 am
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?
Christian Classics: Paradise Lost
December 16, 2018 at 10 am
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 Sacramental Rites of Marriage, Unction and Confirmation
December 23, 2018 at 10 am
Christie House Library
Rev. Ruth Ann Garcia.
Besides the Baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Sacraments of the Gospel), the Episcopal church recognizes five additional sacraments(the Sacramental Rites): Marriage, Unction, Confirmation, Ordination and Reconciliation In this first of two sessions, the Sacramental Rites of Marriage, Unction and Reconciliation will be explained and explored.
ADVENT AND LENTEN SERIES
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.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY
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.