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:
November 10, 17 and 24, meeting at 10:10a:
Caring for Creation: Hope & Action for Climate Justice
This series will begin with a kickoff and teaching on November 10th, when we will welcome Mayor Jesse Arreguin, who will be offering a city proclamation supporting this Climate Justice work; and Bishop Marc, who will be guiding us with his vision and teaching. We will also be joined by Berkeley councilmember Cheryl Davila. Then on November 17th, we will welcome David Hochschild, Chair of the California Energy Commission, and on November 24th, we will be joined by Joanna Macy, PhD, systems thinker and educator.
The aspirational goal of this year-long initiative and in particular of this three-part teaching series this fall is to deepen the spiritual development of the parish while also providing a range of opportunities for action, from individual and family to community and civil society.
Newcomer Class, with Emily Hansen Curran
If you are new to All Souls, or if you have been attending for a little while but have not yet become a member, you are invited to join us for our upcoming Newcomer Class series starting November 10th and going through the 24th during the Formation Hour (between the 9 & 11:15 services) in the Common Room.
In this class we will discuss what it means to be a member here at All Souls while taking a brief look at the history, values, and practices of both the Episcopal Church and All Souls specifically. Then, on December 8th, there will be a New Member Ceremony where those of you who were able to attend the November 10th class will be invited to join as a member of this parish. If you’re not able to attend on the 10th—not to worry—there will be another opportunity to join as a member in the spring. For any questions, please see Emily or email her, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.