Adult Formation Easter 2024

Grow in the Easter Season

As we move into the Season of Easter we have three great opportunities for Adult Spiritual Growth ranging from wisdom from monastic religious concepts, to healing the divide caused by social and political polarization, to inspiration in the illuminated visions of the Resurrection in The Saint John’s Bible. Classes will begin Sunday, April 14. Locations are not yet set but will be published on the Gathering Space monitors.

Weekend Schedule

Offerings

Sunday Mornings: 10:15am-11:00am
Starting April 14, 2024
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Ignatian Spirituality | see monitors class location
Instructor: Joseph Palacios & Fr. Ted

For centuries, Christians have looked to the writings and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, for guidance on becoming closer to God. This class will explore his Spiritual Exercises and their underlying principles, including the belief that all parts of the created order can lead one to God. If you are looking for ways to draw closer to God and become more aware of how you fit in God’s creation, this class is for you. It will be led by Joseph Palacios and Fr. Ted.

Braver Angels | see monitors class location
Instructor: Fr. Casey

Join Fr. Casey this Easter as he explores how we can practice the holy art of curiosity to build bridges across our political and social divides. Too often we avoid hard conversations, or people who differ from us. By drawing on our faith, the witness of our risen Lord, and some excellent practical wisdom from the book I Never Thought of It That Way, we can do more talking with people, and heal some of our most bitter divisions. 

Visions of Resurrection in The Saint John’s Bible | see monitors class location
Instructor: Mtr. Rebecca

Illuminations of resurrection abound throughout the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible. From depictions of God’s promise in earlier volumes to the glorious heavenly city at the end of ‘Letters & Revelation’, the artists depicted God’s promise of new life in many different ways. This Eastertide, you are invited to join Mtr. Rebecca in probing the depths of these images in this series of Bible Study and spiritual reflection.

Recordings of each class are available on YouTube. Watch Here.

Five Principles of Parenting | see monitors class location
Hosted by: Figs With Kids

Join Figs with Kids, our ministry for parents with children living at home, as they unpack The Five Principles of Parenting by Dr. Aliza Pressman. Our discussion is based on the book by Dr. Aliza Pressman who also hosts the podcast Raising Good Humans. It is not required to read the book in advance to participate in the discussion.

Sacred Ground | see monitors class location
Instructors: Lisa Magee & Barbara Geiter
NOTE: This class meets every other week
Location: S202 (South Building, 2nd Floor)

Sacred Ground is a film and readings based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. The class meets every other week.

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Weekday Schedule

Offerings

Thursday Evenings: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
September 14, 2023 – May 2024
(No classes on holidays and special events)

Disciple Bible Study IV
Leaders: The Rev. Nancy DeStefano & Al Blackwell
Location: via Zoom

Deepen your awareness of God’s word in a truly transformative Bible study experience. Prior participation in the Disciple Bible Study series is not required for this class. Participants with all levels of biblical knowledge will study independently and gather weekly in an online setting that features group discussions, breakout sessions, and video presentations by leading scholars. The Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Live study manual may be purchased on your own or through the church by contacting Pastor Nancy . Scholarships for study materials are available. For more information, contact Pastor Nancy.