Education is a lifelong journey. It doesn’t end when our formal school days are over, but rather is something that we continue to engage in throughout our lifetime. As Christians, we are always seeking to deepen our understanding of our faith, and one of the ways that we do this is through formation here at St. Peter’s. We all know what wonderful children and youth programs we have, but our adult formation is also growing in exciting new ways.
This year, COVID-19 has brought extra challenges to our entire church experience, including formation. When our buildings closed in March, we found ourselves scrambling to figure out how to move some of what we were doing online. Now, six months later, most of us have grown far more “zoom-savvy” than we would have ever expected, and we’ve become accustomed to attending meetings, classes, and discussions online. I have both led and participated in several online formation offerings this summer, and although I admit that I was a little skeptical about how things would translate to a screen, I have found these groups to be wonderful sources of community at a time when community was desperately needed. I still long for the days when we will all gather in person again, but in the meantime, we have designed an exciting lineup of online Adult Formation offerings for the fall.
This fall, we will have more Adult Formation opportunities than we have had over the last few years. It is my hope that there will be something for everyone! We have Bible studies, book groups, small groups, workshops, and forums that will cover a variety of topics and be led by a variety of voices. I am very grateful for the hard work that has gone into each of these groups and for those who have volunteered to lead them. I strongly encourage you to look over this list, find at least one group that sounds interesting to you, and put it on your calendar. Attending formation is not only good for your brain, it is also good for your spirit. As you learn, you build community and have an opportunity to share your own experiences and perspectives with other members of St. Peter’s. Here is just a snapshot of what is coming. Keep a close eye on your e-news for full descriptions and registration/zoom information. I hope to see you in at least one of these Adult Formation offerings!
Weekday Formation Offerings
- Monday Night Bible Study with Ruth Woodend: The Book of Daniel — beginning September 14, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
- Education for Ministry with Fr. Murdock Smith — Mondays beginning September 14, 6:15–9:15 p.m.
- Wednesday Afternoon Book Group with Ruth Woodend: Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century — 1:00–2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday Night Bible Study with Mtr. Amanda Stephenson: The Book of Exodus — 7:00–8:00 p.m.
- Thursday Night Book Group with Susan Campbell: Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race — 7:00–8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 24
Sunday Forums — 9:00 a.m.
- September 13 — “Stewardship in a Time of Pandemic: Continuing Faithful Giving and Service Even While We are Apart” with Fr. Jacob and The Stewardship Committee
- September 20 — “The Separation of Church and State: Exploring the Christian Duty to Vote” with Fr. Jacob and a guest panel.
- September 27 — “Reflecting on the theology and neurophysiology of compassion” with Fr. Ron David
- October 4 — “Exploring the ineinander (in-each-otherness) of health, spirituality & religion” with Fr. Ron David
- October 11 — “Reflecting on the art and science of clinical theology, aka pastoral care” with Fr. Ron David
- October 18–November 15 — “Episcopal 101” with the St. Peter’s Clergy: This series is open to all parishioners, but will be required for those adults preparing for confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church.
Weekend Formation Offerings
- Saturday Small Group with John Frederick: Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice — September 19–November 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
- Book Group with Deje McGavran: American Voices – Sundays, September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, November 22, December 6, December 20, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
- Writing Workshop with Lauren Graeber: Putting Words to 2020 — Sundays, October 25–November 15, 3:00–4:30 p.m.