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.
Winter Adult Formation Classes
Meeting February 25, March 4 & 11:
Intercessory Prayer: The Shape of Our Relationship with God, Ourselves, and Others, with the Rev. Michael Lemaire in the Parish Hall
Praying for others is a fundamental practice of the Christian Community. We share the needs of the world, our community, and ourselves as well as praying specifically for named others in our services and in our personal prayers. We are asked to pray for others and ask others to pray for us. In this class we will explore the language, imagination, and metaphors that inform intercessory prayer and consider how our practice shapes our understanding of God, God’s action and involvement in the world, and our relationship to God and one another. What am I saying about God when I ask for intercession? How do I come to terms with the absolute endorsements of scripture to ask and it will be given? How is my faith manifested or circumscribed by what I pray for? Does it make a difference how I ask for something? Are there things I should not ask for? I have more questions than answers and this class is more inquiry than solution but I invite anyone who is interested in these kinds of questions to join me.
Journey to All Souls: Why We Came and Why We Stayed, with Emily Hansen Curran in the Common Room
In this group we’ll hear the faith stories of All Soulsians, new and old. We’ll also spend time telling our own stories, about our own spiritual journeys, and what has kept us journeying here in community at All Souls.
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.