Series Classes

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.

Fall Classes

Newcomer Series: Who is Jesus?
October 8 at 10 am
Christie House Library
Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
The most influential person who ever lived is fundamentally misunderstood by most people. Jesus did not come to start a religion but to show us the way to God. He did not bring new rules or laws but turned upside down the existing world view and taught an entirely new framework for life — one that reorients the manner by which communities live together, men and women treat each other, children are included and educated, and governments are formed and administered. To know Jesus is to know God. Understanding this is essential if you are a Christian and want to live fully into God’s will; but all our lives are deepened, enriched, textured by the understanding that we live in a country of laws, institutions, organizations, and shared assumptions foundationally built on Christian principles.

Newcomer Series: Anglican Backgrounds: Via Media
October 15 at 10 am

Christie House Library
Libby Goldstein
Starting with this forum presentation, Epiphany Parish will offer instruction and essential information on Anglicanism — its history, its theology, and it’s emphasis on worship traditions.

This first presentation will go back to 16th-century England where different religious factions were literally burning each other and chopping o heads. Into this violent world arrived Elizabeth I, who forged a pathway, the “Via Media,” for these warring Christians to worship together in peace.

The Elizabethan Settlement sought to be an inclusive middle course between divergent religious positions in English Christianity. Much of traditional Catholic faith and practice was retained, but with- out submission to papal authority. Much latitude for individual conscience was al- lowed, but uniformity of worship was required. Faithful Christians with differing theological convictions could and a home in a comprehensive English church.

Newcomer Series: Anglican Backgrounds: Anglican Founders
October 22 at 10 am

Christie House Library
Tom Johnston
The second presentation in the Anglican Backgrounds series will look at two of the founders of the Anglican church — Augustine of Canterbury and Thomas Cranmer — along with a consideration of the influence from the Benedictines. These influences were instrumental in the formation of the Book of Common Prayer (1549-1662). As a bonus, our liturgy for this Sunday will be based on an Elizabethan liturgy, including prayers and music that would have been part of the worship service back in the early 17th-century.

Newcomer Series: What is Epiphany Parish?
October 29 at 10 am

Christie House Library
Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
Epiphany Parish is a spiritual home where followers of Jesus gather to praise God and practice growing into their royal priesthood. As a church, Epiphany operates in ways that are a bit different from the culture at large. Here relationship is more important than productivity, leadership listens and follows, there are no market segments, and there is not a time frame. This class seeks to explain these Kingdom of God principles writ large, while illuminating how they play out in the life of this parish.

Newcomer Series: Spiritual Practices
November 12, 19, December 10 at 10 am 
Christie House Library
Todd Foster
The Christian religion is in flux. There is division and disagreement. There is anxiety and apprehension. Some argue the church has lost its way. At Epiphany, we maintain that the church is finding a new way, and out of this tension will come clarity. This new way is built upon the ancient practices of spiritual formation, where the unity of action overshadows the values of doctrine. They are applied against time and matter. The actions that manage time are daily prayer, weekly worship, Sabbath, observance of liturgical patterns, and a life lived toward pilgrimage. The actions to manage matter are fasting and tithing. The practices are simple in concept and challenging in execution, and as witnessed to by our forbearers, these ancient habits can change the world.

Over three weeks, we will examine the seven spiritual practices — prayer, worship, liturgy, Sabbath, pilgrimage, fasting, and tithing. These are important practices to understand as they are core to the ethos of Epiphany Parish.

Newcomer Series: How to Read the Bible
December 17 at 10 am
Christie House Library
Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
J. Kent Ashcroft in his letter to conservative pastor Laura Schlesinger, asks some interesting questions regarding scripture: a) in Leviticus 25:44 it states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify: Why can’t I own Canadians?

b) In Leviticus 21:20 it states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I must admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20 or is there some wiggle room here?

c) I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

You may have some interesting questions of your own. The Bible is a popular,
interesting, confusing, and quirky book. If you have any questions about the Bible or would like to hear Rev. Doyt’s opinions, please come to this class.

Liturgical Classes

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.

Year-Round Classes

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.

Past Classes