Regularly scheduled courses are available during the week to supplement the Sunday morning educational offerings. These groups meet repeatedly, developing a deeper understanding of spirituality over time.
Upcoming Fall Classes
Faith in the Shadow of Grief
Sundays, October 2–November 13, at 10 am (Garden Room)
Loss. Big, life-altering, heart-aching, faith-challenging loss. Whether it is the death of a loved one, a natural disaster, the loss of a dream, our health, our youth, a marriage, a significant relationship, or a career, loss always finds us, and we are changed as a result. We anticipate anxiety, grief, depression, and anger with these transitions, but the road to healing can also offer us surprise and transformation. The goal of this 7-week session is to support and guide you on this sacred and scary path in an atmosphere of confidentiality and safety. Your leaders for this group are Meredith Nelson and Carmen Hoffman. If you have an interest in joining us, please contact Carmen Hoffman for more information and to register.
Developing the Skill of Compassionate Listening
Sundays, November 20–December 18, at 10 am (Garden Room)
Learn how to transform separation and conflict into an opportunity for connection, healing, and peace through the practice of Compassionate Listening, and what this practice means in the context of our lives as Episcopalians. Compassionate Listening is:
- A personal practice to cultivate inner strength, self-awareness, self-regulation and wisdom.
- A skill set to enhance interpersonal relations and navigate challenging conversation.
- A method to bring individuals or groups together to bridge their differences and transform conflict.
- A healing gift to offer to a person who feels marginalized or in pain.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Thaddeus Gunn for more information.
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 Robin Mondares for more information.
Moving Along on Your Spiritual Journey
Last year we developed a several-week evening series for people who are interested in deepening their spiritual journey and becoming better at articulating what it means to live in the Kingdom of God. Our working title for the class is Moving Along on Your Spiritual Journey.
Unit 1 Introduction: Kingdom of God and Freedom
Units 2 & 3: The Nature of the Person
Units 4 & 5: Jesus
Unit 6: The Spiritual Exercises
Units 7 & 8: Weekend Retreat on Spiritual Exercises & The Church
Unit 9: The Church
Unit 10: Closing Party
The most important questions of faith in seven weeks.
Even someone who has been going to church since infancy still asks the question “Who is God?” or “Why do we go to church?” or “Why did Jesus have to die?” These are some of the most basic and most important questions we can explore in church, and the Animate Your Faith series is the perfect jumping off point for discussion. Each week of study is focused one of these topics: God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the Cross, the Bible, and church. Prominent church leaders and Christian scholars introduce each one on a DVD animated with illustrations and stories that spark new perspectives, which are further explored in the illustrated journal that each participant gets. The idea is to engage with the foundations of our faith experientially with all five senses.
Animate:Faith is offered periodically during the program year. Contact Kate Wesch if you would like to participate.