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.

2018-2019 Formation Poster

Winter Adult Formation Classes

February 10, 17 and 24

Whiteness as Heresy, in the Common Room
When a white supremacist group called Patriot Prayer came to Berkeley, All Soulsians showed up to witness to God’s love and a radically different vision for what it means to be a white Christian in our context. This 3-part series, Whiteness as Heresy, will explore and further articulate that vision. Professor Scott MacDougall brings the theological resources of our rich tradition and Laura Eberly brings her expertise as a diversity and equity consultant and community organizer to the questions; 1) How we might address race, and specifically questions of whiteness and white supremacy, theologically as Episcopalians? 2) What defines a culture of white supremacy, and what foils and alternatives does our Christian commitment offer us? 3) Finally, how might we, as an All Souls community, deepen our commitment and capacity to address racial injustice in our time?

The Heart of Lent: Preparing for the Mystery of Easter, in the Parish Hall
In this three-week class, starting February 10, we will take a new look at Lent—what it is, why it matters, and what it’s really all about. Through story, scripture, meditation, and practices to try at home, we will explore ways to adopt and develop a posture, a stance, an orientation that helps us to open our hearts and enter Lent in a more intentional, awake way as we prepare for the Easter and the Feast of the Resurrection. Co-taught by the Rev. Phil Brochard, Emily Hansen Curran, and Sheryl Fullerton.


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.