Our approach to adult spiritual formation involves the acceptance of doubt and the forthright encouragement of inquiry as mature and unthreatening spiritual values. At All Souls, this engagement with the truths passed down through the centuries and present in our day can happen in many ways. Whether it is in the large, parish-wide programs in Advent and Lent with world-renowned speakers, topical series on everyday issues of Christian ethics or smaller groups under lay and clergy leadership that meet regularly for Bible study, there are many opportunities throughout the year to deepen your understanding of the Christian life. Most classes meet for about an hour at 10:10 am on Sundays. We generally have three options: a lectionary Bible study and two other classes that change every month or so.
Fall Adult Formation Classes
Meeting September 9th, 23rd, and 30th
Living by the Book: The Book of Common Prayer as a Spiritual Resource
For Episcopalians, worship with the Book of Common Prayer is central to our identity. In this series, we’ll explore the treasures of our prayer book, looking beyond its use in Sunday worship to consider its resources for Christian life, including daily prayer and the seasons of our lives.
This course will be taught by the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, All Soulsian and scholar of liturgics. Ruth has been a key leader in liturgics throughout the Episcopal Church, including her recent work leading the effort towards offering same-sex marriage. She brings a tremendous depth of understanding of this book that helps to make us who we are, where it came from and where it might be going. Ruth was also awarded the House of Deputies medal this summer at General Convention, a great honor.
Reading Between the Lines: Lectionary-based Bible Study
Join us as we study one of the texts for the following Sunday in a lectionary-based Bible study designed for small groups. We meet in the Common Room right after the 7:30 am service, in the Chapel during the 10:10 formation hour, or on Thursdays at 11 am in the Common Room. On-going class; drop-in, occasional attendees welcome.