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 & 2019 Winter Classes
Bible Study with the Rector
Biblical literacy is a core tenet of a Christian lifestyle. Biblicism pervades everything we do at Epiphany – from the readings during the service, to scriptures that frame a sermon or even when we pray the Lord’s Prayer.
But while Biblicism is pervasive here, we currently do not offer on campus a place to study the Bible in a methodical way that enables the skills a Christian needs to observe, interpret and apply the text.
With this in mind, we are going to launch a morning program lead by Doyt on the study of the Bible. This will be an in-depth, on-going series focused on learning, understanding with plenty of discussion about the Word.
Date: this will occur every Friday morning at 10.30 am
Where: Meet in the Christie Library
What to bring: Your Bible. We will provide writing journals for your note taking.. If you forget your Bible, don’t worry, we have a few 🙂
And, if you happen to miss one of the sessions, they have been uploaded on YouTube (type in your browser “Bible Study with the Rector”
Intro to Christianity: The Anglican Tradition
September 23, 2018 at 10 am
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.
Intro to Christianity: The History of the Church
September 30, 2018 at 10 am
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!
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 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.
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? Click on the link below to access Rev. Strimer’s presentation.
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 Daily Office Lectionary
December 23, 2018 at 10 am
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.
Christian Practices: Sacramental Rites part 1 & part 2
January 20, 2019 and February 24, 2019 at 10 am
Within the Anglican community, the sacramental rites – marriage, confirmation, unction, ordination and reconciliation – are distinct from the Holy Sacraments (Baptism and Eucharist) where the latter was observed by Christ in the New Testament and the former instituted by the Church at later dates. This class is for newcomers or anyone who wants to learn more about our liturgical traditions. This class is also useful for those considering adult confirmation.
Below are the materials used for this class:
Christian Practices: Praying with Icons
January 20, 2019 at 10 am
Christian Practices: Praying with Icons the Workshop
Saturday February 9 & February 16, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Early Protestants threw icons out of the church and declared them idols, but they weren’t the first iconoclasts. The use of images of Jesus and the saints as part of the church life has been debated throughout much of Christianity. Charissa Bradstreet will discuss the tradition of icons as an element of worship and private prayer in the Orthodox tradition and address some misconceptions. She will also share some of what she has experienced through the practice of “writing” an icon.
If you want to create an icon, please consider coming to a workshop led by Charissa on how to make your own icon. Click on the link below for registration and payment information, or just call/email Steve Clemons for details (firstname.lastname@example.org 206 355 1269)
Click below to register for the Icon Workshop
Pastoral Care Forum Series
February 17, March 17 and May 19, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Epiphany’s pastoral care ministries serve parishioners who are likely to be experiencing some form of grief. In the relaxed atmosphere of a parish family gathering, with refreshments, this gathering is designed to give Pastoral Care ministers, and parishioners who join, an opportunity to share and to learn and to gain a window on the experience of grief, for a greater understanding and effectiveness in their ministries and in their lives. Material from On Grief and Grieving, On Death and Dying, and Life Lessons will be utilized.
Christian Classics: Genesis 4 meets East of Eden
February 24, 2019 at 10 am
The story of Cain and Abel is essential for an understanding of East of Eden. It was so important to Steinbeck that at one point he proposed to his publisher that the book be called Cain Sign. In Journal of a Novel, Steinbeck writes: “As I went into the story [East of Eden] more deeply, I began to realize that without this story [of Cain and Abel]—or rather a sense of it—psychiatrists would have nothing to do. In other words, this one story is the basis of all human neurosis—and if you take the Fall along with it, you have the total of the psychic troubles that can happen to a human.” At the Forum Rollover Conversation (see below) the movie “East of Eden” will be shown.
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.