Adult Formation Fall 2022

Sunday Schedule

Sunday Mornings: 10:15am–11:00am
September 25 – November 13
(No classes October 30)

Offerings

Weekday Schedule

Tuesday Evenings: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
September 20, 2022 – February 14, 2023
(No classes on holidays and selected dates)

Offerings

Thursday Evenings: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
September 08, 2022 – May 18, 2023
(No classes on holidays and special events)

Offering Descriptions

People of the Book: Our Past, Present & Future with the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
Facilitator: Father Ted
Sundays | September 25 to November 13 | 10:15am – 11:00am | Vestry Room & via Zoom

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The best way to understand what Episcopalians believe is to look at the words we pray. Not intended to be merely an introduction to the current Book of Common Prayer, this course will dive deeper and look at the profound ways the Prayer Book shapes our life together. It will explore some of the larger theological shifts that came about with the introduction of the ’79 Prayer Book, offer ways to use the Prayer Book outside of public worship, and demonstrate why your personal BCP should spend more time on your kitchen table than on a bookshelf. It will also look at the work currently being done around the church that seeks to chart the future of our shared prayer life.

Reading Scripture through a Non-Violence Lens
Facilitator: Pastor Nancy
Sundays | September 25 to November 13 | 10:15am – 11:00am | The Parlor

This seven-week course will introduce participants to a way of reading and interpreting the Scriptures that emphasizes the nonviolent nature of God and the errors we too often make as we read the Bible, especially the Hebrew Scriptures, that seem to reveal a violent, angry God. It will be a fast-paced course, mostly lecture-based with resources offered for further learning beyond class.  The goal of the course is to come away with a new perspective, a new lens, with which to read Scripture.

This course will consider first a brief overview of a methodology for approaching and interpreting Scripture. In this first part the participants will learn about the work of Rene Girard, twentieth century theologian.  We will take up the theological question of the “atonement” as critical to the meaning of the Bible for Christians.  In subsequent weeks we will take up such topics as: Oppression to Justice, Violence to Forgiveness, The Land and Its Loss, Wrath to Compassion, and Victim to Vindication.

Figs with Kids Book Study: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Facilitator: Jacqui Neylon
Sundays | September 25 to November 13 | 10:15am – 11:00am | Vestry Room

While their children are participating in their own formation activities, the Figs with Kids cohort will read through Brené Brown’s acclaimed work, The Gifts of Imperfection. Members of the class will have opportunities to lead the discussions of the book while discussing its implications for parenting today. Parents will also have time to reflect on the topics that their children will be learning in their own formation classes.

The Way
Facilitator: Father Ted
Tuesdays | September 20, 2022 to February 14, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Youth Center
No classes on Nov 11, Nov 22, Dec 27, Jan 03

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Are you new to Christianity and interested in learning more? Are you new to the Episcopal Church and have questions? Maybe you have been Episcopalian for years and long to go deeper in your faith? If so, we have good news for you. The Way is returning as an in-person opportunity to grow and get your questions answered. If you are new to Transfiguration, The Way will prepare you for membership (whether through baptism, confirmation, or reaffirmation).

The class will normally meet Tuesday evenings in the Youth Center. While class will start at 7:00pm, the building will be open starting at 6:30pm so you can bring your dinner and eat there before class begins.

Disciple Bible Study III
Facilitators: Pastor Nancy DeStefano & Al Blackwell
Meets Thursdays | September 8 to May 18 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm | Zoom

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Deepen your awareness of God’s word in a truly transformative Bible study experience. Prior participation in Parts I and II of the Disciple 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 III: Remember Who You Are Study Manual may be purchased on your own or through the church by contacting Pastor Nancy . Scholarships for study materials are available.